Category Archives: Resilience

Holiday reading

From an engaging piece that ably puts the recent Paris climate meeting in perspective I offer this excerpt: There’s a profound irony in all the rhetoric from Paris about balancing concerns about the climate with the supposed need for perpetual economic growth. Imagine for a moment just how the coming global meltwater pulse will impact the world economy. Countless trillions of dollars in coastal infrastructure around the world will become “sunk costs” in more than a metaphorical sense; millions of people in low-lying areas such…

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Capital Roots

Last week I had the pleasure of visiting Capital Roots’ new Urban Grow Center (594 River Street, Troy, NY 12180), to better understand their mission of nourishing healthy communities by providing access to fresh food and green spaces for all.  Open and inviting, the building features a Volunteer Center where wonderful volunteers help Capital Roots in mailings and other important activities ; a Produce Market offering local fruits, veggies, honey, eggs, and other value-added products; and the Produce Hub featuring two spacious walk-in coolers and…

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Engineers for a Sustainable World

At universities across the country, classes and curricula are offered in conjunction with various clubs and activities that augment student experience and involvement.  For instance, at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute here in Troy students have the awesome opportunity to become involved in Engineers for a Sustainable World, a student-led national program tackling local and global sustainability obstacles.  Using the skills they’ve gained in the classroom, Engineers for a Sustainable World are actively creating a better tomorrow for people not only in their community around Troy but also around the…

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Margination

Citizen-driven action has proven to be a key factor to making progress in sustainability of all kinds in communities all across the nation and the world.  At Transition Troy we want to recognize the efforts made by our own community members to build a more resilient Troy, so we’re hosting a Celebration! To build awareness for all the sustainability initiatives around Troy, attending local groups will have the opportunity to showcase who they are and what they’re working on! With several speakers, key presentations, children’s activities and…

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Community Emergency Response Teams

Rensselaer County is supported by FEMA in training and supporting Community Emergency Response Teams, which can work in our community to help respond to various natural disasters, and help our neighbors be better prepared.  If you are interested in getting involved, fill out the form at the bottom of this page. CERT Concept: CERT members come from neighborhood, workplace, or other community organizations. Members join because they want to learn how to better prepare for hazards that threaten their homes and communities. They want to…

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