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Invasive Species Task Force Meeting # 2

The second meeting of the Invasive Species Task Force (ISTF) will convene from 10:00 to 3:00 on July 20th at the Adirondack Park Agency Headquarters in Ray Brook. The ISTF is a seventeen-member task force which is charged with assessing the problems associated with invasive species throughout New York State and reporting both findings and recommendations to Governor Pataki and the Legislature by November 2005. The ISTF was created by legislation signed by Governor Pataki in July 2003.

The agenda will include: a progress report from the ISTF Steering Committee; a presentation by Lori Williams, the Executive Director of the National Invasive Species Council; and field visits to sites of active restoration projects nearby.

Contact: Lynette Stark
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
(518) 402–8560

Rick Zimmerman
New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets
(518) 457–0752


6NYCRR Part 638 Green Building Tax Credit (GBTC) – Request For Comment On Green Refrigerants

The Public‘s assistance and input is being requested to provide technical data and comment to assist the Department of Environmental Conservation, in making a determination as to whether or not 1, 1– dichloro – 2, 2, 2 – trifluoroethane (commonly referred to as “HCFC 123“ in the GBTC program), is equal to or more beneficial than the environmental attributes of EPA – approved non–ozone depleting refrigerants (go to www.epa.gov/air/ozone/index.html), and if the Department should extend the Green Refrigerant Component Tax credit for its use under the NYS GBTC program. The Department will receive the public‘s comments concerning this issue for thirty days from June 30, 2004 through July 29, 2004.

The Green Building Tax Credit program, proposed by Governor Pataki and signed into law on May 15, 2000, allows building owners and developers to deduct from their State taxes the eligible expenses associated with the design and construction of green buildings, including increasing energy efficiency, the use of environmentally–friendly materials, and improving indoor air quality. Some examples of green building features include the use of solar power or fuel cells, daylight and natural cooling, carpeting or other building products made from recycled materials, high performance windows and ventilation systems and green environmentally sound refrigerants in all new air conditioning equipment (including chillers and absorption chillers, water or air cooled unitary equipment, water cooled heat pumps, packaged terminal heat pumps, air conditioners, and other similar air conditioning equipment).

The Green Building Tax Credit regulation 6NYCRR Part 638 promulgated on June 6, 2002, establishes standards that must be met in order for a building or tenant space to qualify as green, including standards for energy and energy efficiency; appliances, and heating and cooling equipment; indoor air quality and testing; recycling of wastes; plumbing fixtures; building materials, finishes and furnishings; and compliance with zoning, land–use, erosion control, storm water management, building code and environmental regulations.

Subpart 638.7 of the GBTC regulation (6NYCRR Part 638) establishes the “Standards and Methods for Determining Compliance,“ for refrigerants. 638.7 (m) Refrigerants, of this subpart states the following:

All new air conditioning equipment (including chillers and absorption chillers, water or air cooled unitary equipment, water cooled heat pumps, packaged terminal heat pumps, air conditioners, and other similar air conditioning equipment) exclusively utilizes one of the following:

Anyone interested in obtaining more information regarding this issue should contact Dennis Lucia at the Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Environmental Permits, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-1750, telephone (518) 402–9469, fax (518) 402–9168, email djlucia@gw.dec.state.ny.us. Information on the Green Building Tax Credit Program (application pkg, legislation and regulations) are available at www.dec.state.ny.us/website/ppu under Green Building Initiative.


$6.1 MILLION AVAILABLE FOR GREEN BUILDING TAX CREDITS Tax Credits Promote Environmentally-Sound Buildings

$6.1 million is available for eligible projects in the State‘s Green Building Tax Credit Program. The tax credit program, proposed by Governor Pataki and signed into law on May 15, 2000, allows building owners and developers to deduct from their State taxes the eligible expenses associated with the design and construction of green buildings, including increasing energy efficiency, the use of environmentally–friendly materials, and improving indoor air quality. Some examples of green building features include the use of solar power or fuel cells, daylight and natural cooling, carpeting or other building products made from recycled materials, and high performance windows and ventilation systems.

Applications are available on DECís website at www.dec.state.ny.us/website/ppu/grnbldg/index.html or by calling the agency‘s Pollution Prevention Unit at (518) 402–9469. Completed applications will be accepted until December 31, 2004 as prescribed by the legislation. Awards will be made on a first come–first served basis and applicants will be notified within 90 days of the submission of their application.


Public Notice

DEC Announces First Annual Environmental Excellence Awards – Applications Available –

Applications are now available for New York State‘s First Annual Environmental Excellence Awards. This award program was established to recognize NYS organizations that excel in one or more of the following areas: innovative practices, sustainable practices, or in the establishment of partnerships efforts. Eligible applicants include: business/technical assistance providers (includes private educational facilities); non–governmental organizations; government/municipalities (local, state, federal and public educational facilities); and individuals.

Review criteria will include the following: overall environmental benefits, environmental justice, overall economic benefits, innovations in technology, sustainability, partnerships that were created or strengthened by the project, demonstrated leadership, level of management commitment, and transferability.

IMPORTANT: The awards are scheduled to be presented in the Fall of 2004. Applications must be postmarked by July 15, 2004.

The application package is available through the DEC‘s website: www.dec.state.ny.us, by clicking on “Highlights,“ by looking under the Subject Index or by doing a Search for “Environmental Excellence Awards.“

Anyone interested in obtaining more information regarding the application and criteria for the awards, should contact Michelle Hinman at the Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Environmental Permits, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233–1750, telephone (518) 402–9469, fax (518) 402–9168, email mjhinman@gw.dec.state.ny.us.