People, Places, Possibilities with Sustainable Hudson Valley
August 4, 2020
In this episode, we speak with Sustainable Hudson Valley’s Executive Director, Melissa Everett, about the organization’s goals, and where we stand as a region. Stay tuned for future interviews in this special series, right here on Kaatscast!
Thanks also to the Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce for their continued support of this podcast.
Cynthia Nikitin on Public Spaces and Resiliency
August 18, 2020
Sustainable Hudson Valley is working to accelerate progress against climate change through programs to scale up the clean energy marketplace and by helping communities plan for more resource-efficient patterns of living and working. Like everyone in the Hudson Valley, we are confronting four major crises: Covid-19, social injustice, economic recession, and climate change. SHV is spearheading a large-scale public conversation on responding to the urgency of each crisis, while understanding how they are connected and using that understanding to generate more sophisticated solutions. It’s an ambitious idea that we are developing with our network of experts, including six Senior Fellows.
One of them is Boiceville resident Cynthia Nikitin, a 28-year veteran of the Project for Public Spaces. She’s managed hundreds of “placemaking” projects around the world, helping people to design downtowns, waterfronts, campuses and more, in ways that enhance sociability, connectivity and usefulness – for example, by developing residences and workplaces near transit and each other. Right now, Cynthia is excited about the way that communities and businesses are being forced to re-think how space is used, even expanding restaurant space into parking lots and surrounding neighborhoods for safety. She thinks this small shift can drive bigger changes in reclaiming excess streetscape, parking lots and under-utilized land for community revitalization and resilience.
Climate Change in the Hudson Valley
September 1, 2020
Dave Conover is Program Coordinator at Sustainable Hudson Valley. He grew up in the Catskills and has spent much of his career working on environmental issues as an educator and program developer.
Climate change is resulting in obvious changes to our very own ecosystem. Dave connects the dots and offers us a hopeful path for the future. But the time to act is now.
This episode was produced in collaboration with Sustainable Hudson Valley. Thanks also to our sponsor, the Catskill Mountains Scenic Byway.
Remote Work Post-Pandemic
September 15, 2020
John Lyons is a transportation professional, sustainability leader, solar entrepreneur, and business developer with a passion for addressing the climate crisis and creating a clean energy future. He’s been incorporating remote work into his career for decades, and he shares his insights on working remotely from both employee and employer perspectives. Plus, suggestions for translating what we’ve learned this year into a post-pandemic strategy for workplace adaptability moving forward.
Thanks to John Lyons, and to our sponsors:
Sustainable Hudson Valley and the Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce