Monday, March 7, 2011


Have you ever heard of SCEAC?

The Schenectady County Environmental Advisory Council is made up of volunteers who share a strong commitment to preserving and enhancing the County’s rich environmental resources. 

What does the council do? 
  • It advises the County Legislature on matters affecting the preservation, development and use of the natural and man-made features of the County
  • It evaluates activities, projects and operations that may effect the environment to determine where major threats to environmental quality exist
  • It raises public awareness concerning the importance of a healthy environment, gathers and disseminates public comment on environmental issues and encourages public support of environmentally sound policies and actions.
  • It improves the coordination and effectiveness of programs undertaken by the public and private agencies to preserve and enhance the environment.
  • It assesses the state of the County’s environment and produces an annual report that includes discussions of current problem areas and outlines priorites for future action.
  • It recommends additions to the County Nature and Historic Preserve.

 So...What does this have to do with Union College?

Students from Union act as liasons between the college and SCEAC. They attend meetings and listen in on just what's going on with environmental politics in Schenectady County. 

Jane Williams, '13 summarizes the latest meeting held this February.

Guest speaker Larry Simpson spoke about his company's website its new partnership with Schenectady County. This site is focused on getting money and funding to citizens for green initiatives. This site will tell you where to get a free energy audit for your home and how to get tax credits for investing in energy efficient appliances and homes. 
There was also a long talk about Earth Hour, a global event that promotes awareness of energy reduction. 
 It started in Sydney, Australia in 2007 and has since grown into a global movement with hundreds of millions of people from more than 4,500 cities and towns in 128 countries across every continent! Some of the world's most famous sights--Buckingham Palace, China's Forbidden City, the Eiffel Tower, the Great Pyramids of Egypt, Brazil's Christ the Redeemer Statue, the Empire State Building, and the Sydney Opera House-- remained in darkness for a whole sixty minutes to promote Earth Hour!

So turn off your lights at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday March 26th and celebrate Earth Hour!

See you there!

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