sustainability http://wrvo.org en A minimalist approach to winemaking proves successful for one vineyard http://wrvo.org/post/minimalist-approach-winemaking-proves-successful-one-vineyard <p>As Finger Lakes wine grows in popularity around New York state and the country, one long-time vintner has separated himself from the pack by doing things the old fashioned way and keeping things simple. Sun, 19 May 2013 13:13:00 +0000 Jacob Davis 38038 at http://wrvo.org A minimalist approach to winemaking proves successful for one vineyard Connecting farmers to restaurants in Binghamton http://wrvo.org/post/connecting-farmers-restaurants-binghamton <p>In New York’s central region, there are hundreds of farms selling meat and produce directly to the public, and a Binghamton group is working to connect restaurants with those farms. The downtown Binghamton restaurant Lost Dog Café recently held a "Meet the Farmer" event. Sixty people attended a catered dinner in the back of the busy restaurant. Sat, 20 Apr 2013 12:33:00 +0000 Matt Richmond 36486 at http://wrvo.org Connecting farmers to restaurants in Binghamton Is it worth doing the leg work to track 'food miles'? http://wrvo.org/post/it-worth-doing-leg-work-track-food-miles <p>Here's a catchphrase someone who's been to a farmer's market is probably familiar with: "buy local." And for those who try and follow the mantra closely, you may also be familiar with "food miles," the notion of counting how far your strawberries traveled to land on top of your bowl of Cheerios. Fri, 29 Mar 2013 13:15:30 +0000 Ryan Delaney 35484 at http://wrvo.org Is it worth doing the leg work to track 'food miles'? EPA provides advice on sustainable growth to WNY communites http://wrvo.org/post/epa-provides-advice-sustainable-growth-wny-communites <p><a href="http://epa.gov/">The Environmental Protection Agency</a> announced this month it will be providing technical assistance to three western New York communities. They were chosen out of 121 applicants and are three of 43 communities to be assisted across the country. The EPA will provide the aid by delivering workshops on developing sustainable growth strategies. Sun, 03 Mar 2013 13:02:00 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 33975 at http://wrvo.org EPA provides advice on sustainable growth to WNY communites North Country sustainability plan considers environment, economy http://wrvo.org/post/north-country-sustainability-plan-considers-environment-economy <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>The North Country Sustainability Plan was unveiled last week. It tackles energy, land use, transportation and water and waste management across seven counties.The Adirondack North Country Association, Ecology and Environment Inc., and Essex County spent much of the past year compiling the plan. They enlisted the help of another 200 people from around the region for the working groups. Sat, 02 Feb 2013 10:53:00 +0000 Sarah Harris 32740 at http://wrvo.org North Country sustainability plan considers environment, economy CNY working on its part of state-wide sustainability plan http://wrvo.org/post/cny-working-its-part-state-wide-sustainability-plan <p>A central New York planning agency is moving into the public comment period as it works to create its contribution to a state-wide sustainability plan. Wed, 28 Nov 2012 02:43:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 29704 at http://wrvo.org Reaching out to 'green' women in the sustainable economy http://wrvo.org/post/reaching-out-green-women-sustainable-economy <p><span id="primaryContentDepotPortlet.contentDescription">Upstate communities are reaching out to women working in the sustainable economy. This week, community group Greenworks Buffalo Niagara hosted the first in a series of events for&nbsp; "green" women, and many are still bumping their heads against the glass ceiling.</span></p><p> Thu, 15 Nov 2012 21:55:00 +0000 Kate O'Connell 29192 at http://wrvo.org Recycling http://wrvo.org/post/recycling <p>John Weeks discusses the early days of Onondaga County's recycling program. He also talks about the shortfalls of the recycling program from an environmental standpoint and urges listeners to tighten the balance between that which is discarded in total and that which is recycled. Fri, 21 Sep 2012 12:25:00 +0000 John Weeks 25953 at http://wrvo.org Lofty goals for Syracuse's first sustainability plan http://wrvo.org/post/lofty-goals-syracuses-first-sustainability-plan <p>The city of Syracuse wants to get half its power from renewable energy sources by 2020.</p><p>That&#39;s just one of the targets laid out in a draft version of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.syracuse.ny.us/uploadedFiles/Departments/Planning_and_Sustainability/DraftSustainabilityPlan.pdf" target="_blank">Syracuse&#39;s first sustainability plan [PDF]</a>.</p><p>It still has a ways to go, however: about 24 percent of New York&#39;s power currently comes from renewable sources - with hydropower accounting for the vast majority of that number, <a href="http://www.nyiso.com/public/webdocs/services/planning/planning_data_reference_documents/2012_GoldBook_V3.pdf" target="_blank">according to the New York Independent System Operator [PDF]</a>.</p><p>Syracuse is also hoping to reduce its energy consumption, advance education about environmental stewardship and increase urban agriculture and tree cover.</p><p> Thu, 31 May 2012 18:31:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 20182 at http://wrvo.org Lofty goals for Syracuse's first sustainability plan