Next week is Earth Week, with Earth Day on April 22nd!
To commemorate the occasion, we are asking the STAC community to take part in one or both of our Earth Day Challenges. Post your videos or images from Monday, April 19th through Sunday, April 25th to one or all of the following social media platforms, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, or Twitter.
Don’t forget to add the applicable hashtag, you could win a prize!
The challenge is simple… get outside every day during Earth Week and take pictures/videos to post to social media with the hashtag #STACNatureChallenge. For every post you make, your name will be entered into a drawing to win a 3-year subscription to AllTrails Pro!
Here is a list of some of our favorite parks in the area:
- Long Path/Old Erie Railroad Bed Loop (Piermont to Nyack)
- Tallman Mountain State Park
- Lamont Reserve
- Blauvelt State Park
- Giant Stairs/Long Path Loop from State Line Lookout
- Tackamack Town Park
- Buttermilk Falls County Park
- Mountainview Nature Park in West Nyack
- Nyack Beach State Park
- Rockland Lake State Park
- Congers Lake Memorial Park
- Hook Mountain State Park
- Piermont Pier
This challenge is a bit harder. We challenge our STAC community to make a change in their lives this year that will have a positive impact on the environment.
To participate in this challenge, choose the impact you want to make and then post a picture or video to social media explaining your choice with the hashtag #STACImpactChallenge during Earth Week.
The posts will be judged and the best one will earn a prize of a Zero Waste Starter Kit from Wild Minimalist.
See below for some suggestions to get you started!
Did you know that animal products such as meat, dairy, and eggs have a more harmful impact on the environment than plant products? Animal products take more energy and resources to produce and to transport. Switching to a plant-based diet, or even simply reducing animal products in your diet can significantly reduce your carbon footprint! One Meal a Day for the Planet has some helpful information on this topic and suggestions for making a change.
A straightforward way to switch to renewable energy where you live is to install solar panels. But did you know that you don’t have to have solar panels or even own property to take advantage of solar energy? There are many community solar and solar offset programs available where you can still get energy through your energy company, but have what you use be offset by solar or wind instead of fossil fuels. This tool is helpful for finding community solar projects in New York State.
For STAC employees, if you are an O&R or Central Hudson customer, you can subscribe to a share of a local solar farm through Solstice with no installation or added costs. You can feel good about supporting renewable energy and local jobs in our community, all while enjoying an estimated 10% savings on your annual electric costs.
Plus, when you join, Solstice will donate $100 towards our goal of raising $3,000 for a new student-led Weather Station on campus – and if that’s not enough when you enroll, you’ll receive a $100 Visa Card bonus, too! Visit our solar campaign webpage to get more details and enroll!
Americans throw away about 2,555 pounds of materials per person per year. And the majority of those items are disposable, single-use items like plastic containers and packaging. We need to move beyond simply recycling in order to significantly reduce our waste and its impact on the environment. One way to start is to reduce or eliminate single-use items such as disposable beverage containers, cutlery, straws, grocery bags, and packaging. Here is a great resource to help you get started from the Natural Resources Defense Council.
We are all part of a “throw away” culture where once something doesn’t work properly, or is damaged, we throw it away and buy a newer, better version. This type of behavior results in a lot of waste. Lately, a neat trend has been repairing items or repurposing them. Locally, there have been Repair Cafes popping up all over the Hudson Valley. Consider bringing items to a repair cafe, volunteering at one, or helping to organize one in your local community.
You may have noticed that the COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to a huge increase in online shopping and Americans are purchasing more items than ever before. Online shopping itself poses many environmental threats, such as increased packaging and increased fossil fuel usage (especially with quick shipping methods). When you really think about it, one of the best purchases you can ever make for the environment is to not purchase anything in the first place! Lately, a movement called the Buy Nothing Project has become very popular, where neighborhoods and communities band together to supply needed items to each other. There is even a BuyNothing7 Challenge you can try!