Environment and Energy Program Monthly Update May, 2015

The Environment and Energy Program’s monthly update contains information on: upcoming events, outdoor recreation, green living tips, environmental resources and materials, and environmental notice bulletins for Dutchess County. The update is sent out via e-mail, and is also posted on the CCE Dutchess website on the first Friday of every month.

Please click here to view the entire update for the month of May, 2015.

Highlights from the Monthly Update:

Welcome New Environment & Energy Program Leader Jeff Luoma!

  • Jeff Luoma is our new Environment and Energy Program Leader, coming to us from Ithaca, New York. He has most recently been performing building energy audits, doing energy modeling, and performing quality control for energy raters in the northeast US, as well as leading work crews on home insulation upgrades. Jeff was a public service forester in northern New York state working with the NYSDEC and Cornell University, he undertook a critical vegetation assessment for NYSEG, and has set up large-scale timber sales for Washington state. His varied background also includes managing an organic farm for a boarding school near Lake Placid, overseeing landscape crews, serving as an agriculture and forestry extensionist in Panama through the Peace Corps, monitoring sea life on fishing vessels in the Bering Sea, and he has done research in Ecuador, Costa Rica, and Mammoth Cave, Kentucky. Jeff has been a science and environmental educator for Glen Helen Nature Preserve, the Pacific Science Center, and Sound Experience operating the Schooner Adventuress. He received his Masters degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Upcoming Events:

  • 2015 Hudson River Science Symposium: Seeing the Hudson River in the 21st Century: Wednesday, May 6, 2015: 8 am – 5:30 pm. Talks start at 9 am and Poster Session at 4 pm. Student Union Building, SUNY New Paltz. The Spring 2015 Hudson River Symposium will focus on observing networks located in the Hudson River estuary and watershed with a focus on how these networks are improving our ability to understand, manage and protect environmental resources, improve navigation and emergency response and incorporate environmental science into formal and informal education. During this symposium, invited experts will discuss the scientific and management contributions these integrated observing networks have made. To register: via mail or click here to register online. For more information, visit: www.hres.org.


  • Grants Program for the Hudson River Estuary: Now Available – Two Requests for Applications (RFAs) ‘Tributary Restoration and Resiliency’ and ‘Local Stewardship Planning’ Application: Deadline June 15 at 2 p.m. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced the availability of the 2015 competitive Hudson River Estuary Grants Program provided through two RFAs which will implement priorities of the Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda. For more information, visit: http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/5091.html.

Environmental Notice Bulletins

  • April 29, 2015: SEQR and Other Notices: Brownfield Clean-up Program: City of Poughkeepsie and Town of Poughkeepsie: Deadline for comments: May 29, 2015: www.dec.ny.gov/enb/20150429_not3.html