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Looking forward to 2017 on the Sarnanac River Trail

January 31, 2017: Ten Miles a Pint: How to Make Walking and Biking Part of your Lifestyle
Jeff Olson will be leading an open conversation about getting the local community to the next level of active mobility. He will be present to answer questions about everyday issues, such as dealing with adverse weather, bike storage, and how far you have to bike to work off that pint of beer. Come with questions and take part in this discussion!

Sponsored by Friends of Saranac River Trail (http://saranacrivertrail.org) and Lake Champlain Basin Program (http://lcpb.org)

Jeff Olson is an architect, planner, and author who has been involved in greenways, open space, active living, and alternative mobility projects for more than 25 years. He has had a diverse career with national, international, and local experience in the public, private, and non-profit sectors.

Where: Community Room In Plattsburgh City Hall, 41 City Hall Place, Plattsburgh, NY
When: Tuesday, January 31, 2017, from 5-6pm
Cost: Free!
Register: http://bit.ly/JeffOlson2017

Treks We're Thinking About for the New Year:
. Edible and Medicinal Plants with Dr. Burgess
. The Ecology of Saranac River Trail
. Invasive Plants and Animals
. Photo Treks with Penny and Ron
. History Along Saranac River Trail
and others...

New Project for 2017: Plattsburgh Power: History and Action for the Future
This project will raise awareness and appreciation for local energy infrastructure and its extraordinary history among residents of the City of Plattsburgh. The project will use students from SUNY Plattsburgh who will receive one credit of college credit for their effort as they receive professional trainings and develop important skills to assist residents to reduce energy consumption and costs Innovative communication techniques such as using large public displays (possibly including City Hall lighting) and social media to alert people to specific conservation needs will be explored.

The Utility Smart app (developed by Curt Gervich and Jesse Feiler) will be enhanced to incorporate this research and the action items that are created through it. We will create a program of study that provides students with an inside view on energy infrastructure, governance and planning in the city of Plattsburgh and New York State. Students will work with the team leaders to research and prepare presentations for community groups such as peer students, Kiwanis, Rotary, religious fellowships, senior citizen groups, and others. Presentations will address the unique and storied history of Plattsburgh’s energy infrastructure, which has achieved mythic status among residents, as well as the commercial, transportation and industrial innovations that have helped to form the City. They will also present ways residents can reduce energy consumption and bills in this unique energy environment.

To arrange for a presentation to your community group, contact http://plattsburghpower@saranacrivertrail.org

Plattsburgh Power: History and Action for the Future is being funded by Lake Champlain Basin Program through a 2017 Local Heritage Grant from the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership.