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Adirondack consortium launches website

The consortium of Adirondack counties, towns and organizations working on a state-funded regional sustainability strategy has launched a website to get word of its activities out to the public.

The web site — at — contains an overview of the Homegrown Sustainability Plan being developed by seven Adirondack counties, coordinated through the Adirondack North Country Association.

There are six working groups helping develop the plan, covering transportation, energy, economic development, waste and water management, livable communities, and working landscapes.
Users of the website can sign up for news updates and take part in a survey to assess and weigh goals. The public is also encouraged to submit ideas for projects.

The North Country Regional Economic Development Council this summer received $1 million in state funding to create its sustainability plan, as part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's Cleaner Greener Communities program.

The program is funded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. The planning team is made up of representatives from each of seven North Country counties — Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, St. Lawrence, Jefferson and Lewis — with Essex County serving as the municipal sponsor.

Once a plan is developed, additional state funding will be available through competitive grants to implement projects that support the goals of the plans. Projects are intended to create opportunities for reducing carbon emissions, implementing energy efficiency savings and/or increasing use of renewable energy, and enhancing job creation and economic investment, state officials said when the grant was announced.

The Adirondack North Country Association and Ecology and Environment, Inc. of Lancaster are providing consulting support to the coalition.

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