Monday, July 25, 2011

Hudson Valley Smart Growth Alliance Webinair Schedule

Structures, Building Envelopes & The Planet 

This is a live-on-line webinar that you can participate in via computer from your office or home.  No driving, no parking. Now how green is that?  Register below for one of the following dates and times.  Registration closes at the end of the previous business day for each webinar.  

Tuesday, July 26th 11 AM - 1:00 PM
Wednesday, August 3rd  12 Noon - 2:00 PM
Thursday, August 4th 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Creating buildings that actually accomplish low energy usage requires careful attention to the building envelope details. The structural elements that are part of the building envelopes can sometimes make or break a building's energy performance. We'll address thermal bridging, foundation insulation discontinuities, identify some problem conditions (using infrared images), and present some solution options. We'll also review positive and negative sustainability aspects of concrete, wood, and steel. At the end we'll compare the attributes of "stick" (stud and purlin) construction, Structural insulated Panels, and Insulated Concrete Forms.

Course Outline:
Structures and Sustainability -- 20 min.
Envelop the Steel Part I -- 30 min.
Interactive Exercise -- 10 min.
Envelop the Steel Part 2 -- 15 min.
The Bottom of the Envelope -- 15 min.
Sticks, SIPs, and ICF's -- 15 min.
Q & Q    Quiz + Questions -- 15 min.
TOTAL -- 120 min.

Learning Objectives: 
1) Discern the sustainability advantages vs. disadvantages of the most common structural building materials.
2) Compare the energy loss potential of details with thermal steel bridging, compared to an envelope with no bridging.
3) Identify structural details that can compromise a building envelope's performance.
4) Contrast the energy loss potential of different foundation and slab edge details.
5) Become familiar with the basics of Structural Insulated Panel (SIP) construction and Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) construction, and some of their benefits.

This webinar qualifies for 2 AIA LU (HSW/SD), 2 P.E. PDH's & 2 GBCI CE's. 

Events at the Beacon Institute

Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries | Sunday Author Series
Sun, July 31, 4 p.m.
Elizabeth “Perk” Stalter: Doodletown: Hiking Through History in a Vanished Hamlet on the Hudson
Share a literary ramble through the vanished hamlet nestled in the mountains. Register online at FREE.

Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries | Forest Walk
Sat, Aug 13, 10 a.m.

Center for Environmental Innovation and Education
199 Dennings Ave, Beacon, NY
Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries invites you to join forester Paul Blaszak on Saturday, August 13 at 10 a.m. for an informative morning of tree identification, and a discussion of the human impact on forest succession at Denning's Point in Beacon. Please register online for this FREE event by visiting

Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries | Film: “Liquid Assets”
Thurs, Aug 18, 7pm
Center for Environmental Innovation and Education
199 Dennings Ave, Beacon, NY
Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries presents the documentary "Liquid Assets" on Thursday, August 18th at 7pm at the Center for Environmental Innovation and Education at Denning's Point. Exploring the history, engineering challenges, and political and economic realities in urban and rural locations, the documentary provides an understanding of the hidden assets - our ill-maintained underground water systems - that may present the single largest public works project in our national history. FREE. Please register online at www.

Skulls and Forensics at Stony Kill

The Stony Kill Foundation will be offering a Skull Session for Kids program on Wednesday, August 17, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon for youngsters entering grades 3 to 5.  Children will explore various animal skulls and learn how to identify them.  There is no fee to participate.

There will also be a Wildlife Forensics for Kids program on Wednesday, August 31, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon for children entering grades 6 to 8.  Youngsters will learn about forensic science as it applies to wildlife.  No fee for participation.

Please email or call us at or 845-831-1617 to make a reservation.

Children's Programs at Stony Kill

The Stony Kill Foundation will be offering Barn Day for Kids on Wednesday, August 3, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon for youngsters entering grades 1 to 4.  Children will learn all about the farm animals while visiting them in the barn and participating in activities.  There is no fee to participate.

The Summer Explorers Camp will be held Monday through Friday, August 22 to 26, from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon for youngsters entering grades 1 to 6.  The fee is $100.  Children will explore all that Stony Kill has to offer by participating in a variety of themed activities, presentations, games, crafts, etc.

Please email or call us at or 845-831-1617 to make a reservation for Barn Day for Kids or to obtain a flyer/registration form for the Summer Explorers Camp.

Hudson Valley Science Café

Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at 7:00 PM

For an AIDS free Africa

Topic: Designing and implementing an emerging pharmaceutical infrastructure in Africa
Presenter: Rolande R. Hodel, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry, Westchester Community College, and President & Founder, AIDSfreeAFRICA. (Co-sponsored by The Mid Hudson section of the American Chemical Society)
A Science Cafe is a monthly gathering in a Cafe, Pub or Restaurant, open to the public, with a short presentation of a topic followed by discussion. The essence of a Science Cafe is informality, with groups seated around tables with food and drink to encourage conversation.  Hudson Valley Science Café usually meets on the 4th Wednesday of the month, except where noted. Website:
Meeting site: Diana’s, 1015 Little Britain Road (Route 207), New Windsor (just east of Stewart Newburgh Airport, on the opposite side of the road from the airport entrance). See
 for menus and map.  $3.00 admission fee includes coffee or tea. If you arrive at 6 PM, you can order from the Early Bird menu. No orders are taken during the Presentation (7:00-7:30).

August 24 - "String Theory: A Theory of Everything? Or a Theory of Nothing?", David L. Morgan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Physics, Eugene Lang College, The New School, NYC
September 28: “Biosensor Based Detection Paradigm: Novel Assays for Clinical, Environmental, Forensics, Nano-engineering and in-vivo Neuro-psycho-pharmacology” David N. Rahni Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry, Pace University, and President, Chemical Detectives, LLC
October 26: "Did the exotic Tobacco plant seduce civilization?" Assieh Melikian, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Environmental Medicine, NYU Langone School of Medicine, and Adjunct Professor of Chemistry, Pace University.
November 16: (3rd Wednesday) Arsenic and human health, Toby G. Rossman, Professor of Environmental Medicine, NYU Langone School of Medicine (Co-sponsored by The Mid Hudson section of the American Chemical Society)
December 21: (3rd Wednesday) A talk on underemployment (title to be announced) Douglas C. Maynard, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology, SUNY New Paltz
Hudson Valley Science Café has received start-up funds from WGBH-NOVA and The American Chemical Society.

Green Infrastructure for Homeowners

Just a reminder that the Green Infrastructure for Homeowners Workshop is tomorrow night at 7pm at the East Fishkill Town Hall. Come learn about simple practices you can implement on your property to help mitigate stormwater. Topics presented include: native landscaping, rain barrels, rain gardens, permeable pavers and green roofs.

At the end of the evening, we will be pulling the winners of the Rain Barrel Raffle. Throughout the month, anyone attending a Watershed Awareness Month event has been able to enter into a raffle drawing to win one of eight hand painted rain barrels. For your chance to enter, simply attend the Green Infrastructure event tomorrow night. The raffle is free! Pictures of the painted barrels can be seen at:

Green Infrastructure for Homeowners
Tuesday, July 26, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: East Fishkill Town Hall, 330 Route 376, Hopewell Junction

Thursday, July 21, 2011

CEIE Talk Tonight

Spirituality and the Environment, Part 1 
Christian and Jewish Perspective
Center for Environmental Innovation and Education
199 Dennings Avenue
Beacon, NY 12508

Thursday July 21, 2011 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM EDT

Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries

invites you to examine the role of spirituality in protecting the environment on Thursday, July 21 at 7pm, at the Center for Environmental Innovation and Education at Denning's Point in Beacon.

Two respected theologians, Brigid Driscoll Ph.D., RSHM, former President of Marymount College, now actively involved at the U.N., and Rabbi Lawrence Troster, Rabbinic Scholar-in-Residence for Greenfaith, will explore the similarities and differences between Christian and Jewish sacred texts and traditions as they relate to environmental challenges within the context of today's world, as well as examine the role of humans as stewards of the earth. Beacon Institute's John Cronin, an internationally renowned environmentalist and a former Thomas Merton Fellow, will moderate the discussion.

If you should have any questions about this event, please contact Mike Heintzman by email, via

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday the 21st!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

WAM Events

Happy Watershed Awareness Month everyone!

July 2011 marks the third annual Watershed Awareness Month (WAM) for Dutchess County. Organized by the Dutchess Watershed Coalition, WAM will offer family-friendly events to improve the understanding and awareness of local watershed issues.

This year, the Dutchess Watershed Coalition is asking residents to share their stories with the theme: Watershed Moments.  A watershed moment is often defined as “a turning point” or “a critical moment of time.” This year’s theme will encourage participants to share the moments they have been inspired by the land and water resources of Dutchess County; the critical moment in time when they became in awe of the landscape around them, or the turning point when they realized how the land and water come together to create their natural environment.  To share your watershed moments with the Dutchess Watershed Coalition, visit

For the second year in a row all event attendees will be able to enter their name into a raffle in which the prize will be 1 of 5 painted rain barrels. The rain barrels are being painted by local artists Matt Purcell, Chris & Nicole Miller and Peggy Farrington.  The raffle is free and any time you attend a WAM event you will gain another chance at winning.  The winners of the raffle will be pulled at the Green Infrastructure for Homeowners Workshop held at the East Fishkill Town Hall on July 26th at 7pm.

During the week of July 3rd – 9th, the Wappinger Creek Watershed Intermunicipal Council (WIC) will be holding its third annual “Wappinger Creek Week.” Events taking place as part of Wappinger Creek Week and Watershed Awareness Month for this coming week include:

Ralph T. Waterman Bird Club Walk: West Buttercup Farm Wildlife Sanctuary
Sunday, July 3, 8:00 am
Location: West Buttercup Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, Stanford
Wappinger Creek
For 2-3 hours explore Buttercup Farm with members of the Ralph T. Waterman Bird Club and learn about the many resident bird species. This is an easy to moderate walk. For additional information click here.
Ralph T. Waterman Bird Club Walk: Tamarack Preserve
Wednesday, July 6, 8:00 am
Location: Tamarack Preserve, Turkey Hollow Road, Amenia
 Tenmile River
For 2-3 hours explore Tamarack Preserve with members of the Ralph T. Waterman Bird Club and learn more about the many resident bird species. For additional information click here.
Cary Institute Wappinger Creek Week Celebration Walk
Thursday, July 7, 5:00 pm–6:30 pm
Location: Gifford House, Cary Institute, 2917 Sharon Turnpike, Millbrook
Wappinger Creek
Join us for a family-friendly interpretive walk along the Wappinger Creek. Explore a wetland habitat and sample creek macro-invertebrates.
Millbrook Film Screening: Bag It
Thurs, July 7, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Farm & Home Center, 2715 Route 44, Millbrook
Wappinger Creek
A man who pledges to stop using plastic bags at the grocery store realizes society’s abuse of plastic and documents the consequences while identifying solutions.
Sunset Sail on the Hudson Aboard the Woody Guthrie
Friday, July 8, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Beacon Sloop Club at Beacon railroad station, Beacon
 Fishkill Creek
Sail on a replica of sloops that plied the Hudson in the 19th century while enjoying a potluck dinner and presentation on the river’s environment. Bring a covered dish and beverage to share. Suggested donation $10/adult, $3/child under 13. RSVP  by July 1st with Russ at
Ralph T. Waterman Bird Club Walk: Pawling Nature Preserve
Saturday, July 9, 8:00 am
Location: Pawling Nature Preserve, Quaker Lake Road, Pawling
 Tenmile River
For 3-4 hours explore Pawling Nature Reserve with members of the Ralph T. Waterman Bird Club and learn more about the many resident bird species. This is a moderate to strenuous walk. For additional information click here.
Wappingers Falls Rain Barrel Workshop and Painting Demonstration
Saturday, July 9, 10:00 am
Location: Meiser Homestead at Meiser Park, Village of Wappingers Falls
Watershed: Wappinger Creek

Rain barrels capture runoff from rooftops during storms to use later to water your lawn or garden. At this workshop you will build your own! There is a $45 fee and spaces are limited – please RSVP by emailing Angela at or calling (845) 677-8223 x114.  Following the workshop, at 11:30am, local artists will provide tips and illustrate how to add personality to your rain barrel.
For a complete list of events taking place, partnering organizations and sponsors, visit:

Friday, July 1, 2011

"Bag It" comes to Dutchess County as part of Watershed Awareness Month

Date: Thursday, July 7th
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Farm and Home Center, 2715 Route 44, MillbrookNY

The Dutchess Watershed Coalition is hosting a screening of the new, award-winning environmental documentary Bag ItThursday, July 7th at 7:00pm at the Farm and Home Center in MillbrookNY as part of Dutchess Watershed Awareness Month.  This will be the first screening of the 2010 documentary hosted in Dutchess County and the surrounding area.

Bag It follows “everyman” Jeb Berrier as he tries to make sense of our dependence on plastic bags. Although his quest starts out small, Jeb soon learns that the problem extends past landfills to oceans, rivers and ultimately human health. The average American uses about 500 plastic bags each year, for about twelve minutes each. This single-use mentality has led to the formation of a floating island of plastic debris in the Pacific Ocean more than twice the size of Texas. The film explores these issues and identifies how our daily reliance on plastic threatens not only waterways and marine life, but human health, too.

At the film screening, Girl Scout Troop 10205 from Hyde Park will be on hand to discuss their gift card recycling project and how the community can get involved.

Bag It is one of three films being shown on Thursdays throughout July as part of the Dutchess Watershed Awareness Month film series. Carbon Nation a documentary examining solutions to global climate change will be shown on July 14th at the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum Pavilion in PoughkeepsieGasland, a timely documentary on the surprising consequences of natural gas drilling, will be shown on July 21st at the Lathrop Building at Lakeside Park in the Town of Pawling. All WAM film screenings are free, open to the public, begin at 7pm and will have light refreshments.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information about WAM or the film screening, contact Carolyn Klocker at 845-677-8223, ext. 135


All kids & teens 18 and younger can receive a nutritious lunch for free during the summer! 

Mon – Fri, July 5th – August 26th 

• It’s Free: Kids eat free meals and families save money. 

• It’s Easy: No residency or citizenship rules, no registration, and no forms to fill out! Any kid can receive a free meal this summer. 

• It’s Fun: There will be occasional events and activities at the lunch site. 

• It’s Good Food: A nutritious meal is served. 

Meals served at: 

Beacon Community Center 
23 West Center Street 
Beacon, NY 12508 
Lunch (11:30am – 12:30pm) 

Springfield Baptist Church 
8 Church Street 
Beacon, NY 12508 
Lunch (11:30am – 12:30pm) 

Efforts for this program are brought to you by the Nutrition Advisory Committee of Dutchess County. For more info information visit Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County at or call 677-8223 

New Jersey Legislature bans fracking

This week the New Jersey Assembly voted to ban hydraulic fracturing in NJ in a bipartisan overwhelming vote (58 to 11, 8 abstained), following on the landslide vote 32-1 earlier in the day by the NJ Senate. The new law can be vetoed by the Governor. New Jersey is the first state legislature to ban fracking.

Gov. Cuomo could lift ban on fracking in NYS

Tonight - Support CCEDC and Attend Local Theater

CCEDC's programs are supported by county, state and federal dollars. As budgets tighten the Dutchess Extension is moving toward greater reliance on grants and private donations.  Please join Center Stage Productions rendition of “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” on July 1, 2011 at Rhinebeck Performing Arts Center.  Net proceeds of this show will benefit Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County

Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County has been offered a fund raising opportunity from the Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts ( !  The opening night of Gentlemen Prefer Blonds is tonight, Friday, July 1.  The organization that was to benefit from this show has had to withdraw and we have the opportunity to benefit!  Details below…

It is an 8:00 pm show with a post-show meet and greet with the cast (probably around 9:50 pm), at which The CENTER will serve our CCEDC attendees/donors complimentary wine and/or a soft drink and/or coffee and tea and/or water.

The ticket price for this event is: $50. Out of every $50, CCEDC gets $20; The CENTER keeps $24 as its normal ticket price and an additional $6 to defray all fund raising expenses.

Please contact The CENTER directly as they sell the tickets. Just call their box office at 845-876-3080 and say you wish to purchase a Cornell Cooperative Extension fund raiser ticket. You can pay via MasterCard, Visa, or Discover (no American Express). You can also purchase tickets at the door with the above credit cards or check or cash on the night of the event, though there is a risk of non-availability. Because of the short notice, all normal ticket processing fees are waived.

Again…you purchase a ticket for $50 and CCEDC receives $20 from each ticket; The CENTER sells the tickets, reserves the seats, provides the performance, and also provides a post-show meet and greet with the cast, at which you’re served unlimited complimentary beverages (wine, beer, soda, coffee, tea, water).

The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Dutchess County is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Cornell Cooperative Extension's (CCE) creation in New York State It began with a simple, practical, brilliant idea to connect the knowledge, resources, and research of Cornell University with the people of New York State. To help them tackle challenges. Take care of their families. Build businesses. And improve communities. All while working collaboratively, for a greater good.

Barn Days at Stony Kill

The Stony Kill Foundation is offering Barn Day for Kids at Stony Kill on July 6 and August 3 for boys and girls entering grades 1 to 4 in the fall.  The program will run from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  Children will learn about the farm animals and chores involved with caring for them.  Meet at the barn.  Youngsters will hear a story, visit the farm animals in the barn and participate in an activity/game.  There is no fee to participate, but reservations are required by emailing or calling us at 831-1617.  The program will take place rain or shine.  .

John Cronin Awarded Jefferson Gold Medal

“Nobel Prize for Public Service” Created by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
PLEASANTVILLE, NY, June 24, 2011 — Renowned environmentalist, Beacon Institute Director and CEO,  and Pace University senior fellow John Cronin was presented with the prestigious Jefferson Award in a ceremony in Washington, DC. Cronin was honored for a career spanning four decades “on the front line of water quality issues.”  The Jefferson Award, now in its 39th year, is named for Thomas Jefferson and was founded by former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis as a “Nobel Prize for public service.” Two other recipients of the Jefferson Award this year were Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and actress Marlo Thomas.
In its presentation, the Jefferson Awards Board of Selectors said Cronin “has dedicated his career to water and environmental affairs. Described as ‘Hero for the Planet’ and ‘equal parts detective, scientist and public advocate’, his efforts have inspired a legacy of programs across the globe, fighting pollution on six continents.”

AMA Adopts New Policies at Annual Meeting

The American Medical Association (AMA), the nation's largest physician group, voted at its Annual Meeting to adopt the following new policies.

"BATH SALT" BAN: New policy adopted today by the AMA supports national legislation banning the synthetic substances known as "bath salts" that include methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) and related compounds. These synthetic substances can cause paranoia, hallucinations and even violent behavior.
"The misuse of 'bath salts' containing MDPV, mephedrone and related substances has led to deaths and hundreds of calls to poison centers nationwide," said AMA Board Member Edward Langston, MD. "Some states have already implemented emergency bans and others have introduced legislation to ban these synthetic substances. The AMA's new policy supports a national ban on 'bath salts' containing these harmful compounds so that they cannot be misused."

BPA IN BABY BOTTLES AND INFANT CUPS: The AMA adopted policy today recognizing BPA as an endocrine-disrupting agent and urging that BPA-containing products with the potential for human exposure be clearly identified. The new policy also supports ongoing industry actions to stop producing BPA-containing baby bottles and infant feeding cups and support a ban on the sale of such products.
Bisphenol A (BPA) became widely used in the manufacturing of polycarbonate plastics in the 1950s. Today, in addition to plastics, BPA is used in other consumer products, including the lining of canned food containers, cigarette filters, dental sealants, certain medical devices, and the coating of thermal and carbonless papers like cash register receipts. Although BPA is firmly established as an endocrine disruptor that can induce a variety of adverse effects in mammals, its safety continues to be disputed.
 "Both the FDA and Canadian officials have recently expressed concern about potential harmful effects of BPA and taken interim actions to protect sensitive populations such as infants and toddlers by banning the sale of baby bottles, food containers, and cups containing BPA," said AMA Board Member Edward Langston, M.D. "The new policy adopted today supports these measures and a shift to a more robust, science-based federal regulatory framework for oversight of BPA."

MERCURY EMISSIONS FROM CEMENT PLANTS: The AMA today adopted policy that supports the EPA's national mercury emissions standards for cement kilns at limits based on the latest pollution control technology and supports stricter monitoring of mercury emissions from cement plants. Approximately 118 cement kilns emit over 11,000 pounds of mercury each year, making cement kilns one of the largest sources of mercury pollution.
"Exposure to mercury can have adverse affects on human neurological development and is associated with reproductive toxicity and cardiovascular morbidity," said AMA Board Member Edward Langston, M.D. "New AMA policy supports stricter monitoring of mercury emissions from cement plants to lessen or eliminate the potential for Americans to be exposed to potentially harmful levels of mercury."

SAFETY OF AIRPORT SCANNERS: There is growing public concern about the use of full-body scanners that rely on ionizing radiation as part of new airport security measures, and whether or not repeated exposure to these scanners is potentially harmful. This weekend at its annual meeting, the AMA discussed the public health safety and efficacy of airport security scanners and determined there is currently little evidence to suggest one way or another if these scanners have adverse health effects on travelers, and more independent research needs to be done.

Fundraising Cruise for Stony Kill

Join the Stony Kill Foundation on Thursday, July 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. for a Hudson River Cruise out of Newburgh to benefit Stony Kill Foundation.  Tickets are $50 each and include live music and hors d'oevres.  There will also be a silent auction and cash bar.  Please support us in the continuation of our endeavors to maintain a working farm at Stony Kill and provide programs and events.  Please call us or email us for tickets (845-831-1617 or  

Summer Explorers Camp at Stony Kill

Registration is now being accepted by the Stony Kill Foundation for its Summer Explorers Camp for youngsters entering grades 1 to 6.  It will be held the week of August 22, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and the fee is $100 per child.

The Fishing Camp is for youngsters entering grades 3 to 6.  It will be held the week of July 25, Monday through Thursday (Rain Date Friday), from 10 a.m to 12 noon and the fee is $40 per child.  If you are interested in registering your child/ren, email and a registration form will be sent to you.  

ReLeaf Conference July 14-16, 2011

This year's ReLeaf conference "PLAN A TREE:  Good Planning - Healthy Forests" offers great information, reasonable pricing, tours (Mohonk Mtn. House gardens, the Emerald Ash Borer infestation area near Kingston, Huguenot St., Robibero Winery),  and it's in the Hudson Valley!

Visit for more information and to register.

Planning and zoning board members can attend Saturday morning and get 4 training credits (subject to local board approval).

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

June CAC Meeting

The next meeting of the Beacon Conservation Advisory Committee is Tuesday, June 28th, 2011. We will meet at 7pm, in the police training room at 1 Municipal Plaza. 

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Electronics Recycling Day in Beacon July 23rd

Zero to Go and the City of Beacon's CAC are proud to announce a FREE Electronics Recycling Day in Beacon on July 23.

All are welcome  - Beacon residency is not required. Bring computers, printers, TVs, cables, batteries, monitors, and much more to the Municipal Center in Beacon on Saturday 7/23 from 9am-1pm for recycling. The event is held by Advanced Recovery Inc.