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ENB - Statewide Notices 11/8/2017

Public Meeting Notice

Fall 2017 Invasive Species Council Meeting

The Invasive Species Council will meet on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar, New York. The agenda includes one programmatic discussion item and updates from the nine member agencies.

Contact: Kathleen Moser, NYS DEC - Office of Natural Resources, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233, Phone: (518) 402-8533.


Public Notice

Notice of Public Comment Period for the Draft Guidance for the Siting, Construction, and Maintenance of Single-Track Bike Trails on Forest Preserve Lands in the Adirondack and Catskill Parks

The Draft Guidance for the Siting, Construction, and Maintenance of Single-Track Bike Trails on Forest Preserve Lands in the Adirondack and Catskill Parks (Management Guidance) provides guidelines solely for the management of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) single-track bicycle trails (bike trails) on Forest Preserve lands. It is intended to help land managers consistently design, construct and maintain bike trails and bike trail networks that protect natural resources and wild forest character while also providing a valuable recreational opportunity. The draft Management Guidance covers Forest Preserve lands in Clinton, Delaware, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Herkimer, Lewis, St. Lawrence, Saratoga, Sullivan, Ulster, Warren and Washington counties, New York.

Comments are welcome and will be accepted by the contact person listed below until December 8, 2017. The draft Management Guidance is posted on the web at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/111619.html.

Contact: Eric Kasza, NYS DEC - Division of Lands and Forests, 625 Broadway, 5th Floor, Albany, NY 12233, Phone: (518) 473-9518, E-mail: catskillpark@dec.ny.gov.


Pollution Prevention Institute Request for Applications (RFA)

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has issued a Request for Application to solicit applications from public and private universities, or non-profit institutions, to operate a pollution prevention institute in New York state (Institute). The Institute will offer an unparalleled center for technology evaluation and development as well as training and assistance to state businesses and organizations. The Institute will promote cost effective methods of reducing and eliminating the use of toxic substances and resources in the manufacturing process and product design through pollution prevention strategies.

Incorporating on-site technical assistance, research and development, technology transfer, technology demonstration, education and outreach, the Institute will focus on sustainability and toxic use reduction over the course of the entire production process or product life-cycle.

The Institute will foster partnerships between businesses, universities, state and local governments, and health and environmental organizations. These partnerships will stimulate the deployment of pollution prevention strategies and technologies, and lead to research and development of cutting-edge environmental technologies that have near-term potential to promote sustainable economic development. The Institute shall focus on priorities that optimize environmental benefit and economic development.

To apply for this opportunity, log-in or create an account in the NYS Grants Gateway at: https://grantsgateway.ny.gov or https://grantsgateway.ny.gov/IntelliGrants_NYSGG/module/nysgg/goportal.aspx and search for Pollution Prevention. The question and answer period ends on November 8, 2017. Applications are due December 14, 2017.

Contact: Timothy Kirchgraber, NYS DEC - Division of Materials Management, 625 Broadway, 9th Floor, Albany, NY 12233, Phone: 518-402-9469, E-mail: PollutionPrevention@dec.ny.gov.


New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) to Recognize Organizations Working to Sustain New York State's Natural Resources and Strengthen Its Economy

Registration Required to Attend Annual Environmental Excellence Awards Ceremony

NYS DEC will recognize a number of organizations for their innovative programs and commitment to environmental sustainability, social responsibility and economic viability at the 14th Annual Environmental Excellence Awards ceremony. The event will take place at Union College at College Park Hall in Schenectady at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 14, 2017. Members of the public are invited to the awards ceremony, however space is limited and those wishing to attend must pre-register by going to: http://on.ny.gov/2l4FySf (link leaves NYS DEC website). Doors will open at 10:00 a.m. for registration and to network with award winners.

Union College was honored with an award in 2008 for the U-Sustain program, a campus-wide initiative that continues to reduce the college's ecological footprint, foster a sustainable campus culture and increase awareness of environmental stewardship in the community.

NYS DEC established the Environmental Excellence Award in 2004 to honor and showcase selected businesses, schools, municipalities, governments and not-for-profit organizations achieving outstanding environmental sustainability, social responsibility and economic viability. Since then, NYS DEC has recognized 80 organizations.

For more information about the awards ceremony, contact: Marna Posluszny, NYS DEC - Division of Materials Management, Pollution Prevention Unit, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233, Phone: (518) 402-8706, E-mail: marna.posluszny@dec.ny.gov.


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