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Energy Fair Looks at the Big Picture

If you're concerned about high gas prices you may be interested in interested in alternative fuels.Or maybe you'd like your home to be more energy efficient. You'd like to use solar, wind or micro-hydro energy, or build "green". There is a long list of alternative ways to produce or save energy, and most of that list can be found somewhere on the agenda for the Eleventh Annual North Country Sustainable Energy Fair at Canton College today and tomorrow. A panel on biodiesel kicks off the fair tonight at canton College. Martha Foley talked with Ann Heidenreich, of Community Energy Services, one of the organizers.  Go to full article

Energy Fair Continues to Grow

A local effort to move us all into a more renewable and sustainable way of life continues this weekend. The North Country Sustainable Energy Fair is a three-day event for the first time. Martha Foley talks with Tom Van De Water, a science teacher at Canton High School, where the fair will be held.  Go to full article

Watertown Copes With Growing Pains

The greater Watertown area is experiencing a period of tremendous growth. Once known as an industrial city powered by the Black River, Watertown's economy today is driven by the nearby Fort Drum Army base. Almost 6,000 new soldiers and their families are moving to the region as a part of a military reshuffling - almost a 20% population increase. The growth is fueling new home construction and new businesses. And the city is reshaping its downtown and its waterfront. Local leaders have invited renowned economic development expert Michael Kinsley to help them harness growth in the region. Kinsley will speak at a community forum at Jefferson Community College tonight at 7. David Sommerstein spoke with 3 community leaders about the challenges and opportunities they face. Mary Corriveau is the city of Watertown's manager. Don Alexander is with the Jefferson County Job Development Corporation. And Denise Young directs JCC's Center for Community Studies. Young says she wants to preserve Watertown's small-town feel as the community expands.  Go to full article
Ross Whaley
Ross Whaley

APA Chair Ross Whaley: Everyday Challenges, Future Visions

Ross Whaley came to the Adirondack Park Agency last September from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse. He was president at ESF for 16 years, and then was University Professor. As Professor, his interest was the political economy of sustainable development. As chairman of the Park Agency, that's still where his interest lies. But it's now focused on the 6 million-acre park, where he sees the potential for a model of environmental and economic symbiosis. Realizing the vision is largely in the future. Whaley told Martha Foley his first year has been taken up with learning the ropes, and responding to challenges he's inherited from the first 30 years of APA history.  Go to full article

What's the Future for Farm Markets?

As we heard in David Sommerstein's story, there's optimism in a new kind of farm in the North Country. The biggest challenge all farms face to survive is the same, though, finding a market that offers a liveable price for farm products. To learn more about agricultural markets, Martha Foley spoke with Fred Kirschenmann, director of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture in Iowa.  Go to full article

Going Local: SLU to Host 2nd Burt Symposium

Last March, a group of St. Lawrence County stakeholders -- government officials, economic developers, educators, planners, environmentalists and residents -- set their sights on going local. Martha Foley talks with Michael Shuman, author of the book Going Local: Creating Self-Reliant Communities in a Global Age, and Stephen Blackmer, President of the Northern Forest Center. They're both featured speakers at next month's Burt Symposium.  Go to full article
Paul Hawken of <i>Natural Capitalism</i>
Paul Hawken of Natural Capitalism

Sustainability Guru Kicks Off Series in Watertown

Jefferson Community College in Watertown kicks off a year-long look at sustainable economic development tonight with a nationally-known speaker on the subject. Environmentalist, entrepreneur, and author Paul Hawken will help JCC examine ways to increase business and jobs in the area while conserving energy and natural resources. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

SUNY Canton to Spearhead Biodiesel Plant

SUNY Canton yesterday announced plans to help build a factory in the North Country that turns soybeans, corn, canola, and even used frying oil into fuel. As David Sommerstein reports, the college believes a biodiesel plant could create hundreds of jobs and provide a boost to ailing farms.  Go to full article
Brainstorming local answers for the economy
Brainstorming local answers for the economy

"Going Local": Promise & Challenge

Last week about a hundred community leaders from St. Lawrence County came together to chart a new future for economic growth. Their mission was to identify opportunities for local business development. The occasion was the 1st annual Burt Symposium at St. Lawrence University, entitled "Going Local: Capitalizing on Our Resources in St. Lawrence County". David Sommerstein stopped by near the end of the two-day conference and reports on the group's progress.  Go to full article
Christopher Lydon
Christopher Lydon

Going Local in a Global Economy: a Call-in Special with Chris Lydon (Hour 1)

Renowned public radio talk host Christopher Lydon was joined in the NCPR studio by guests including Michael Shuman, author of Going Local, Karen St. Hilaire, executive director of the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, Robert Penski, owner of a North Country personnel services company, and NCPR station manager Ellen Rocco, to engage in a wide-ranging conversation with callers about the nature and condition of the North Country economy and its future prospects.  Go to full article

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