We’re a volunteer organization that helps consumers and local and state governments make better decisions about refrigerants. As a regional group, with members from Albany to New York City and a wide variety of expertise, we collaborate in researching and exploring issues and solutions. We craft responses to local problems within our own communities that can be broadly replicated and work with local and state officials to help shape policy.
Michael Helme coordinates New Yorkers for Cool Refrigerant Management, bringing his background in translating Chinese medicine to the task of interpreting refrigerant geek speak.
Janelle Peotter is a retired social worker who is active with New Paltz Climate Action Coalition and other regional groups.
Marcy Denker is a landscape designer who helps cultivate our web page. She chairs the Nyack Sustainability Committee, Nyack Tree Committee and Rockland Composters.
Tara Vamos is a member of Philipstown’s Climate Smart Task Force and a native of Albany who literally and figuratively helps us find our way around Albany.
They are frequently joined by a senior policy analyst from the Environmental Investigation Agency, a retired staff member of NYDEC, refrigerant specialists from VEIC, a freeze-drying consultant and an array of other climate activists and specialists from around the state.
We welcome participation and contributions from local community groups, municipal staff, non-profits, and technicians and professionals from all industries involved in refrigerant management. We meet online every other Wednesday to collaborate and share information.
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