Sustainable Hudson Valley is a regional leadership organization that supports two kinds of action to keep the region livable and vibrant:
- regional planning and collaboration,
- and local development of markets and model projects.
We look for “the next new idea” and develop partnerships to carry it out.
Since 2007, we have:
- held seven regional conferences framing out action agendas on climate change and economic development;
- helped ten towns and villages in northern Dutchess County create a “local first” strategy for economic renewal (partners: Northern Dutchess Alliance, Marist College, Business Alliance for Local Living Economies)
- framed the initial vision for the Green Corridor in Kingston, which has now emerged as the sustainably oriented Arts District and Green Line;
- piloted a “10% Challenge” campaign in Red Hook achieving 4% energy savings for homes, businesses and the governments of Red Hook and Tivoli (partners: Central Hudson, Town and Village of Red Hook, Village of Tivoli)
- pushed for, and helped to lead, the Mid-Hudson Regional Sustainability Plan and Coalition, bringing together regional leaders in a retreat setting to chart the course for implementing the region’s $1M sustainability plan (partners: Hudson Valley Regional Council, Orange County Planning, Omega Institute and many others)
- introduced Solarize Hudson Valley, a 3-year, $486,000 program to help homes and businesses go solar, achieving over 2.5 mW of solar power in the first half of the effort;
- designed and team tought Sustainability 101 at SUNY Dutchess, helping undergraduates to engage with world-changing projects and writing.
Currently, we are working hard with the Mid-Hudson Regional Sustainability Coalition to identify new economic development opportunities and developing a new community-based service learning program to build sustainability leadership and help seed new local projects.