Sustainable Putnam

Leading the Way with Electric Vehicles

Congratulations to the three Putnam County residents — Marsha Waldman, Judy Allen, and Carolyn Everett — who’ve recently swapped out internal combustion engines for the smooth quiet of EVs. Judy and Carolyn have purchased Chevy Bolts and Marsha bought a Honda Clarity. All three answered questions about their choices. From Judy: I bought a Chevy Bolt …

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EV Chargers and Comprehensive Planning for a Sustainable Carmel

A recent article in the Mahopac News reported that the Town of Carmel will be installing four electric vehicle (EV) chargers in the hamlets of Mahopac and Carmel — both of which exist within the Town of Carmel. With few public chargers currently available in town, this is welcome news. The Town of Carmel has …

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Sustainable 5: Decreasing Food Consumption and Plastic Waste from Processed Food

Americans tend to eat more calories void of nutrition than their bodies need for a healthy lifestyle. This has led to increasing numbers of people with diabetes and obesity. Packaged foods from large conglomerates generally use unhealthy fats, add unnecessary sugar, high fructose corn syrup and a long line of chemicals that are not food, …

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5 Dressing Tips (Plus 5 Homemade Dressing Recipes)

Tips You can make your dressings in batches Dressings, whether creamy (mayonnaise or dairy based) or vinaigrette (oil and vinegar), are emulsions that can keep for up to one week in an airtight container in the refrigerator for the creamy (egg or dairy based) ones, and for up to two weeks for the vinaigrettes. Although, …

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Sustainable 5: Decreasing Meat Production and Consumption

According to the book The Blue Zones, which studied the diets and lifestyles of pockets of centenarians, people who lived to 100+ ate meat an average 1-2 times or less per week. Decreasing meat consumption is not only healthier but it has a lesser impact on the environment. Here are 5 simple ways to eat …

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Ocean Currency

Sun warms water and it rises to the surfaceEarth spins on its axis and swirls it round Clockwise and counter clockwise, back and forth Salt is mixed in and squeezed outWater is cooled and sinks, freezes and floats Currents travel round the globeVisiting the diversity of each river and coast lineThey stream past one another, …

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Earth Overshoot Day

Our planet has a budget but this budget isn’t about money. It’s about resources. Earth can only produce a certain amount of resources every year and every year we use it all up. The day that we use up the year’s worth of resources is called Earth Overshoot Day. This year it falls on August 22.