Local Events

April 2020 - Earth Day Eco Challenge.

This is a fun and educational way to reduce your own carbon footprint.

Ecochallenge shared goals: Sustainable Living, Healthy Food Systems, Deep Equity, Living Water, Balanced Climate, Mindful Consumption

Check out the link and the website and see how many things you already do and what new things you can try to save the planet. Join Team Capital Region so your points count toward our local team and then see how we are doing. It's a great website!! https://earthday.ecochallenge.org/

We've established a "NY Capital Region" team for the upcoming online Earth Day EcoChallenge, which runs through the month of April starting this Wednesday April 15 ). Participants in the challenge, will select learning and action items related to the environment and sustainability, and will report our completion of these activities while we watch our collective impact grow over the course of the challenge. Hopefully, of course, we'll also continue these new habits and make use of new learning to extend our impact beyond the period of the challenge.

To participate, join our team through this link. (Search the list accessible from the drop-down "Teams" menu for our "NY Capital Region" team, then click "Join this Team"). Then choose actions to do over the course of the month, and then record your progress as you go. As you engage in actions, you'll earn points for yourself and our team, and we'll all be able to enjoy the satisfaction that comes from contributing to a healthier planet.

Contact ajforando@gmail.com with questions.

4/19 - Zero Waste 101

6:30 – 7:30 PM

Amy Forando and Arjita Rai, two Zero Waste Capital District members, will be sharing their experiences adopting zero waste principles in this Zero Waste 101 presentation. They'll discuss zero waste principles, how to apply them within the limitations of our environment and ways to make improvements in your workplace, community and personal lives. We plan to record this presentation for the Zero Waste Capital District website. Feel free to join the meeting to ask your questions about starting or continuing on your own zero waste journey! RSVP prior to the event to amy@zerowastecd.org and Amy will send you the link for the meeting (and a phone number for those who prefer to call in). We recommend you log in 10 minutes prior to start time to make sure you are properly connected.

Organizer: Zero Waste Capital District info@zerowastecd.org

4/21 - Youth Climate Leaders New York lobby day!

We will be lobbying Assemblyman McDonald (1:00), Sen. Breslin (1:30), Assemblywoman Fahy (2:15),

and Assemblyman Burke (time TBD) to

Establish a Green New Deal for a just transition to a sustainable economy,

Pass the Climate and Community Investment Act to make polluting corporations pay for the transition

Halt all fossil fuel infrastructure permitting and expansion and

Divest the NYS Common Retirement Fund of all investments in fossil fuel corporations

Sign the petition here: https://act.350.org/sign/assembly-divestny-2020/

4/22 - Earth Day Lawn/Window Sign Bloom:

In honor of the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, PAUSE is sponsoring an Earth Day lawn sign bloom. On April 21st, the eve of Earth day, everyone who purchases one of these signs displays it in their yard or window so that they all go up simultaneously for Earth Day on April 22nd. Let's be Frank: We need to honor the earth every day and we need to get to 100% renewable energy NOW.

Due to Covid-19, if you are a member of a group, please have one person collect the money and pick up the signs for everyone, to minimize contact with each other. To purchase your sign(s) please contact Diana Wright at PAUSEnergy@gmail.com Please put lawn sign in subject line.

4/22 - Sunrise to Sunset Earth Day Reading 5:30 am to 8:00 pm

Virtual read-a-thon to be presented by Friends and Foundation of Albany Public Library, Capital Region Earth Day, and Poetry Motel Foundation It will run all day on April 22nd -- from

Details and a link to the live stream can be found here.

FB event link--> https://www.facebook.com/events/360510898216655/

4/22 - Northeast Public Radio Roundtable special Earth Day panel 9 – 11 AM

Judith Enck and friends WAMC 90.3 FM, 93.1 FM, 104 AM, WAMC.org

4/22 - Earth Day Advocacy Day with NYS policy leaders

This event will be virtual, with video gatherings and activities to show your support on social media.

Sign up here to reserve your space!: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeqxqJWPqUrA6O34NdhtCLhPdzOMzaPrlanUUXKKhAyDuTXVg/viewform

12:45 Join the webinar

1 pm News Conference - Roger Downs, Jessica Ottney Mahar, Cecil Corbin-Mark

1:30 Conversation with Governor's office and/or DEC leadership

1:50 Conversation about environmental issues in the Senate

2:10 Conversation about environmental issues in the Assembly

Sponsored by Adirondack Council, Alliance for Clean Energy New York, Audubon Society, Arbor Hill Development Corporation, Catskill Mountainkeeper, Children’s Defense Fund, Clean and Healthy New York, Environmental Advocates of New York, Great Neck Breast Cancer Coalition, Green Inside and Out, Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition, New York League of Conservation Voters, The Nature Conservancy, New York Public Interest Research Group, New York Sustainable Business Council, Parks & Trails New York, PUSH Buffalo, Riverkeeper, Save the Sound, Scenic Hudson, Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter, WE ACT for Environmental Justice

4/22 - Radix Ecological Sustainability Center Virtual Open House Open House on Facebook - 2 PM

The Radix Ecological Sustainability Center is an urban farm and education center in the South End of Albany.

153 Grand St, Albany, NY 12202 (map) Phone: 740)602-9392 https://radixcenter.org

4/22 - UAlbany 50 for the next 50 virtual campaign - 2 PM

UAlbany community members will illustrate their commitment to sustainability by having 50 environmentally friendly actions posted by 50 different campus members on social media in honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Participants will complete an environmentally friendly action between now and April 22nd, take a photo and post it to either Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or email them to gogreen@albany.edu Then on April 22nd, campus members will post a photo of themselves with a cake or cupcake celebrating Earth Day’s birthday! Participants must tag @UAlbany or @UAlbanyGreenScn and/or use the hashtags #UAlbanyEarthDay #50forthenext50 #EarthDayNetwork

The photo postings will run from now until 22nd. The compilation will be available on April 22nd at 7 pm.

A compilation of the photos will be made available on Instagram @UAlbanyGreenScn and Facebook @UAlbanyGreenScene

UAlbany Green Scene Online: gogreen@albany.edu

4/22 - Earth Day celebration of the Saugerties Solar Farm - 7:00pm-8:00pm

will take place on-line. Join Town Supervisor Costello and others to hear the story of the transition of the Saugerties

landfill to a solar farm. Thank you to Solarize Albany for supporting this event!


4/23 - People of Albany United for Safe Energy monthly meeting online - 7:00pm-8:00pm

PAUSE, the affiliate of 350.org in the capital region, is a grassroots group of individuals who have come together to promote safe, sustainable energy and fight for environmental justice. We engage the greater public to stop the fossil fuel industry’s assault on the people of Albany and our environment. http://www.PAUSEnergy.org,

4/22 - 4/23 - Saugerties events


4/22 drive electric

4/23 community solar, heat pumps

Ongoing campaigns

Buy Local Grow Local

Buy Local, Grow Local is a new initiative from PAUSE that promotes local resilience, enhanced revenues for the community, and lower greenhouse gasses.

Before a return to business as usual after the Covid-19 crisis

1) support local business owners and workers, and increase local business revenue

2) enhance Albany’s resilience to crises through local food production

3) lower greenhouse gas emissions caused by shipping products/food long distances

4) reduce organic waste in landfill, lower methane emissions, and revitalize depleted urban soil by encouraging backyard composting

Albany Common Council to vote on Buy Local, Grow Local resolution at their April 20th meeting.


Solarize Albany

is a local nonprofit serving the communities of the Capital Region, run solely by volunteers. We promote the use of renewable energy with you, the consumer, in mind. Our goal is to provide you with knowledge of how renewable energies will benefit your life and lower cost options through our bulk purchase model. Explore our current projects now, including Rooftop Solar and Community Solar. Now serving the following counties: Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren, and Washington


NYS DEC 50 Earth Day Tips


NY Renews - Capital Region Covid19 Mutual Aid resources

Mutual Aid Hotline: (518) 629-5602


Environmental Advocates - Ensure Access to water for all New Yorkers

A coalition of over 70 + New York organizations is calling on Governor Cuomo to issue an executive order that ensures every New Yorker has clean water during the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Friday the groups sent a letter to Cuomo – signed by environmental and community groups as well as labor, senior, civil rights, and faith-based organizations – that lays out three urgent actions: suspend water shut-offs statewide; proactively restore water to households where water was previously suspended due to non-payment; and provide relief for those struggling to pay their water bills.