Tivoli was just awarded 1000 bulbs from HVGA


We’re thrilled to receive this donation  from the Hudson Valley Garden Association to plant these bulbs near the entrance to Tivoli.
50 Allium “Purple Sensation”
500 Grape Hyacinth
500 Daffodil “Dutch Master”

Thank you to ADR Bulbs of Chester, NY for their donation and to Rebecca Glembocki and Laura Wilson of http://www.hvga.org/

15 volunteers came together on Saturday AM, October 31 to plant the bulbs. Can’t wait until next spring!




Solarize Hudson Valley July events

Solarize Hudson Valley is launching this summer, led by Sustainable Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountainkeeper with three year funding from NYSERDA. This community education and group purchasing program makes it easier and more affordable for households and small businesses to go solar with selected, pre-qualified installers, informative workshops and group purchasing discounts.  As more people participate, the price goes down for everyone!

The program is piloting in Kingston from May 1 – September 12, 2015.  It rolls out in the “hub” communities of Goshen, Warwick, Woodstock, Rosendale and Beacon, with workshops and events in these locations serving everyone in the Hudson Valley.  You may also sign up for a free site assessment online at www.solarize-hudsonvalley.org.

Learn more by participating in any of these July events:
Mon., July 13, 2015, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m., Solarize Woodstock launch workshop, Woodstock Town Hall, 76 Tinker St., Woodstock (with selected installers Apex Solar and Lotus Solar).
Wed., July 15, 2015, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m., Solarize Rosendale launch workshop,  Rosendale Cafe, 432 Main St., Rosendale (with selected installers Apex Solar and Lotus Solar).
Sun., July 19, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.,  Solarize Beacon +  (including Newburgh and Cold Spring focus). Open House at the solar powered home of Peggy and David Ross; call 866-205-2999 for info and directions (with selected installers Apex Solar and New York State Solar Farm).
Tues., July 21, 1 – 2:30 p.m.,  Solarize Warwick-Goshen community workshop at the Albert Wisner Library, 1 McFarland Dr, Warwick, NY 10990 (with selected installers SolarCity, Direct Energy Solar and NYS Solar Farm).
Wed. July 22, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.,  Solarize Kingston community workshop,  Kingston City Hall, 422 Broadway (with selected installers SolarGeneration, New York State Solar Farm and Hudson Solar).
Thurs. July 23, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m., Solarize Beacon + Educational Workshop  at Howland Library, 313 Main St., Beacon, NY (with selected installers Apex Solar and NYS Solar Farm).
Sun., July 26, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.Solarize Warwick information/ signup table at the Warwick Valley Farmers Market, 1 Bank St., Warwick  (with selected installers SolarCity, Direct Energy Solar and NYS Solar Farm).

Introducing the Tivoli Commemorative Tree Program

The Green Committee of Tivoli is pleased to introduce its new commemorative tree program, offering Tivoli residents a meaningful “green” way of marking a significant event or to honor a loved one. This program, modeled on others like it, allows residents to purchase a commemorative tree to plant, along with a dedication plaque, in a public space within the village of Tivoli.

The Village of Tivoli has identified a number of public spaces where trees could be planted, as well as consulted with a professional arborist to identify suitable tree varieties to be planted in each location, and we will be updating the Google map with further information about each of the sites as we work our way more fully through the Village streets and pubic areas. If you have any recommendations for a site you think would benefit from a new tree, please don’t hesitate to let us know at info@tivoligreen.org.

The cost of purchasing a commemorative tree is $350, which includes a dedication plaque, assistance from the Village Department of Public Works and the Tivoli Green Committee to prepare the site and plant the tree, and regular watering in the critical few weeks immediately following the tree’s planting.

If you are interested in finding out more, or would like to suggest a potential public site for a commemorative tree, please email info@tivoligreen.org


Street Lighting meeting – Kingston 4/2/15



Manna Jo Greene, Chairman of the Climate Smart Committee (Ulster or Kingston?)

Matthew Edge, NYSERDA

Said there’s a NYSERDA Street Lighting Report on line.

— Reduced maintenance,

— Reduced consumption of energy.

Central Hudson has various options for switching over to LED’s.

Up-front financing is high. Recommends sitting down with Central Hudson rep to figure what’s best for us.

  1. A) Cent Hud own and maintain,
  2. B) Cent Hud own and we maintain,
  3. C) We own and we maintain.

Nina Orville, Village of Dobbs Ferry

Took the Climate Smart Pledge in 2009.

Took them 18 months to have their electrician install all LED lights throughout the Village.

Dobbs Ferry saved $100K and reduced greenhouse gases by 40%.

Yonkers followed up on Dobbs Ferry’s example. Brad Tito, Director of Sustainability for Yonkers spoke about project. They had Lumina Lighting Solutionos do the  installations. And they have not enacted mandatory green building standards

(all new constructions or all buildings?).

Jennifer Metzger, on Town Council, Town of Rosendale

Said they had 192 Street lights.

First they did a full assessment of all their lights.

They wanted to decommission those lights they did not need, and wound up eliminating 26. Others they reduced wattage.

Said Cent Hudson was offering FOUR options to convert to LED’s.

Ms Metzger still thinks might be good idea for municipalities to buy their own.

Pat Courtney Strong

Said NYSERDA has money for municipalities, but hasn’t gotten any requests for funding from them. We should all look into the “Existing Facilities Program.”

NYSERDA is looking for projects that could save 250KW hrs per year, and this could also include internal lighting (like Village Hall).

Tivoli should partner with Village of Red Hook and Town of Red Hook, to ensure that we meet this criterion of energy savings on the project. NYSERDA has $30K up to $2 million to give away. Deadline for applying for these monies Dec 31st, but the monies available usually get renewed from year to year.

Think this is the link we should check for NYSERDA monies available for municipalities.



One fellow said the Lumineer lights are hideous. Too white and too bright.

Another fellow cited one municipality, which he called “Town X,” which made a wrong decision on the type of lighting choice it made, and will have to pay for that decision for years and years.

You can choose a lower wattage/lumens LED light. Many municipalities like the white character of the light because it helps law enforcement identify the color of a perpetrator’s car or clotting.

LED lighting is directional. So evening light pollution is minimized.

Was suggested to put solar-power source on street lighting poles where applicable.

Good idea for towns to piggy-back with others on purchasing.

Bill Cotting, rep from Central Hudson  

Very willing to sit down with municipalities to discuss possibilities.

NYS is offering a “Prize Grid Facility” award. $100K to the best micro-grid island to service intra-communities in time of emergency. Have to submit for award by May 15th.

Notes prepared by Kathy OConnor.

Tivoli Green Committee