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About Us | ADKCAP

About Us

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ADKCAP is the Adirondack Climate and Energy Action Plan

Adirondack Climate Action Bar

We believe we can cut our energy costs and build a more vibrant economy by moving to more secure, low carbon sources of energy. Our goal is to create in the Adirondack region of upstate New York a model for how rural places can get to net zero carbon economies, and to do it from the ground up.
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Every year more than $1.5 billion is spent on energy in the Adirondacks. That's a bigger sum than the total money that comes into our biggest industry, tourism. Almost every cent goes somewhere else, and fast. ADKCAP is working to help the economy of the Adirondacks by finding the best ways to decrease waste in energy, decrease our use of carbon fuels, and invest the money we save in the long-term economic health of our region.

We also care about winter. Anything we can do to make sure we are acting to cut pollution that could thaw our winters we want to try to do.

Who is involved

All kinds of organizations and individuals in the Adirondacks are part of ADKCAP. Our coalition builds on the ongoing hard work of scores of organizations, municipal leaders, universities, businesses, educators, and others around the region who seek opportunity as we move away from carbon.

Our history

ADKCAP’s work is a follow-on to the American Response to Climate Change Conference held on November 18 and 19 of 2008 at The Wild Center in Tupper Lake, NY. The Conference, entitled “The American Response to Climate Change: the Adirondack Model: Using Climate Change Solutions to Restore a Rural American Economy” generated enormous enthusiasm for action and interest in creating an economically compelling future for the communities in this region. At the end of the two day conference, there was a call-to-action from participants. ADKCAP was the action end of the Conference.

ADKCAP was featured in the Environmental Law in New York Newsletter. Hard copies are available by emailing us.

Download an information sheet about ADKCAP below.  

Report Out Day

ADKCAP hosted a Report Out Day on May 24th, 2010 for Task Forces to share progress updates and outline upcoming steps.  Videos of some of the presentations are below.  

"The Big Goal" - Jerry Jenkins, Wildlife Conservation Society

Overview of the New York State Biomass Roadmap - Zywia Wojnar, Research Director, Science and Policy Partnerships, Pace Energy and Climate Center, Pace Law School

Solutions for Climate Change - Mark Lowery, NYS Climate Action Council, DEC Office of Climate Change

Energy Code of New York State - Joe Hill, NYS Department of Codes Office

Municipalities Task Force

Renewable Energy & Biomass Task Force

Forest & Land Management Task Force

Buildings & Energy Efficiency Task Force

Tourism Task Force

Transportation Task Force

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