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Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival celebrates its 40th Anniversary this year. Revival is the country’s oldest and largest music and environmental festival, bringing together major musical acts and Clearwater’s own brand of green activism for a unique weekend every June. Clearwater Festival 2018, which takes place on June 16 and 17, on the banks of the Hudson River at beautiful Croton Point Park, Croton-On-Hudson, NY has an amazing line-up.

A number of Clearwater’s favorite artists will be returning this year including: The Mavericks, Ani DiFranco, Tom Paxton & The DonJuans, Tom Chapin, The Mammals (featuring Mike + Ruthy), Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, Dan Zanes, The Nields, The Kennedys and Dance Troupe The Vanaver Caravan. Artists the Festival will welcome for the first time this year include: Jeff Tweedy, They Might Be Giants, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Rhiannon Giddens and bluegrass greats Hot Rize.

To tell us more we welcome Judith Enck and Betsy Garthwaite - President of Hudson River Sloop Clearwater's Board of Directors.

WAMC Northeast Public Radio and The New York State Writers Institute present a special Climate Change Roundtable Panel at Page Hall at UAlbany's Downtown Campus featuring the following experts:

  • Judith Enck – Senior Advisor at Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development, former regional administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency under President Barack Obama, and regular Roundtable Panelist
  • Jeff Goodell - a contributing editor for Rolling Stone and a frequent contributor to the New York Times Magazine. His latest book is "The Water Will Come"
  • Elizabeth Kolbert - Pulitzer Prize-winner for "The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History," observer on environmentalism for The New Yorker magazine.
  • Terry Tempest Williams - award-winning author of fifteen books, including her latest: "The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks"

In 2014, northern New York’s 21st Congressional District race was for an open seat as then-Democratic incumbent Bill Owens announced he would retire from his seat.  Republican Elise Stefanik became the youngest women ever elected to the House by defeating two opponents: Democrat Aaron Woolf and Green Matt Funiciello.  Funiciello surprised many by taking nearly 11 percent of the vote. Funiciello tells WAMC that he is excited to be running for the Congressional seat once again.

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The Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy was in Troy today to discuss the Capital District’s role in the clean energy sector. 

Dr. David Danielson, Assistant Secretary of the U.S. DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, stopped by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Bruggeman Conference Center, where he cited several Tech Valley institutions like Albany’s NanoCollege.

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Car-sharing services are becoming more commonplace in the United States. Albany now has two, enabling mobility for drivers without the hassle of using an auto-rental company.

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As the state convened stakeholder discussions on the future of New York’s clean energy funding today, a coalition of clean energy advocates put forward its own vision of New York’s “Clean Energy Fund.”

The state is considering combining three successful programs – the Renewable Portfolio Standard or RPS, the Systems Benefit Charge, and the Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard – into one revenue stream: the Clean Energy Fund.

Albany County

Albany County's new Waste Heat/Co-generation facility in Menands will not only save money by creating renewable energy, it will also cut CO2 emissions by nearly 1,500 tons per year and will reuse 50,000 gallons of water per day to cool the high-efficiency system.  Albany County Executive Dan McCoy says the co-gen project has long been in the works.

The facility is designed to provide long-term environmental and economic benefits to the Albany County Sewer District's eight member communities, which serve a population of 200,000.

6/18/13 - Panel

Jun 18, 2013

  Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, Newsman Ray Graf, and Times Union Associate Editor, Mike Spain. Joe Donahue moderates.

Topics include:
GOP Abortion Agenda
G8 Meeting
Obama on Surveillance
Graduation Rates
Green Transit

NY Company That Makes Mushroom Packing Gets Award

Apr 19, 2012

An upstate New York company that makes biodegradable packaging material from mushrooms is getting an award from the Environmental Protection Agency.  WAMC’s Tristan O’Neill reports…

EPA regional administrator Judith Enck will present an environmental leadership award today to Ecovative Design of Green Island, near Albany. The company uses the "roots" of the mushroom — called mycelium — and plant matter to make soft blocks that are used to cushion products ranging from computer servers to furniture.