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Solarize Dutchess Community Workshop

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Oct. 26, 2016

SOLAR ENERGY COMMUNITY WORKSHOP SET FOR NOV. 2

Solarize Dutchess County event set to bring community and solar energy together

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (Oct. 26, 2016) – Solarize Dutchess County, a local renewable and solar energy awareness campaign, in collaboration with The Environmental Cooperative at the Vassar Barns and Poughkeepsie Farm Project, has announced a solar energy workshop on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at the Vassar Barns (50 Vassar Farm Lane, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601) from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Uniting on the common goals of sustainability and environmental responsibility, this free to attend event will include information on how converting to solar energy can save money, boost the local economy, and protect the local environment; in addition to covering topics such as energy efficiency for your home, the basics of going solar, and financing options.

“Changing our economy from one reliant on fossil fuels to renewable energy sources is one of the most critical conservation imperatives of our time. Efforts made by home and business owners within Dutchess County to consider and implement solar power as their main source of energy send an important message to the state of New York: this is a feasible and necessary step in becoming leaders for sustainable energy. Let the Hudson Valley be an example of responsible environmental stewardship by attending this workshop to see if solar energy is right for your home,” said Jennifer Rubbo, manager of The Environmental Cooperative at the Vassar Barns.

“Poughkeepsie Farm Project is honored to join Solarize Dutchess County in the sponsorship of this program that brings community education and awareness of renewable energy to our members and neighbors,” said Lee Anne Albritton, executive director of Poughkeepsie Farm Project. “By the nature of our mission, we are inherently drawn to collaborative initiatives that engage all aspects of community health and wellness.”

The Environmental Cooperative at the Vassar Barns is an outreach initiative by Vassar College working to expand and coordinate conservation initiatives throughout the Hudson Valley by supporting current projects and developing new programs to inspire further engagement in environmental issues on behalf of the college, community, and region. Volunteer events and workshops held at the Vassar Barns provide opportunities

for families, students, and community members to become involved in environmental efforts around Dutchess County, and learn about conservation practices in their own backyard.

Founded in 1999, Poughkeepsie Farm Project (PFP) is a non-profit organization working toward a just and sustainable food system for the Mid-Hudson Valley. It operates a CSA member-supported urban farm on 15 acres of land owned by Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Each year PFP provides over 500 households with locally grown produce, donates around 20 percent of its annual harvest to low-income families and seven emergency food relief organizations, and offers a variety of education and outreach programs on nutrition, sustainable food access, and other agriculture-related topics for over 7,000 youth and adults throughout the region.

Solarize Dutchess County is part of RenewableNY’s effort to help New York State transition to a clean energy future. RenewableNY is a partnership including Sustainable Hudson Valley, Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition, Cornell Cooperative Extension-Tompkins County and Catskill Mountainkeeper; and is supported by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) under Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s NY- Sun initiative and Community Solar. Visit SolarizeSullivan.org and RenewableNY.org to learn more.

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Hudson Solar is a proud partner of Solarize Wappingers.

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