Route 17 study finds widening road would worsen issues over time

 The Regional Planning Association (RPA), a century-old think tank concerned with planning issues in the Tri-state area and member of the ReThink Rte 17 Coalition, issued a study on Jan. 18 that concludes that widening the highway may not be the best solution to congestion and safety issues and may not provide many economic benefits to communities along the roadway.

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RPA Study

Flush With Biden’s Infrastructure Cash, New York Is Choosing Highways Over Public Transit

The law will ultimately deliver New York nearly $6 billion in “flexible funds” that are earmarked for highways but can be spent on transit instead, if the federal government gives its permission. But New York has rarely asked for it. Meanwhile, the Transportation Department is using the bonanza to pursue dozens of highway expansions. The ReThink Rte 17 Coalition, which OE is a founding member of, is working to get sustainable alternatives to adding a 3rd lane in spots.

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Progress on Saving the Caves at Lookout Mountain!

The Lookout Mountain sacred caves date back 12,500 years to the ice age. The earliest confirmed site of human habitation in the northern U.S., the caves are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The town of Goshen has passed a resolution authorizing the supervisor to negotiate the purchase of Orange County lands containing Lookout Mountain (Dutchess Quarry). The town of Goshen’s interest in purchasing these archeological lands indicates a commitment to preservation. For more information read this article and if you want to help, contact your Orange County Legislature at You can also sign a petition online:

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Making Monarch Oases

A winery, a 4-H club, some lawn-owners and others are learning to serve and save pollinators.

In the publication ‘Tri-State Lookout’ writer Jessica Cohen details the efforts of Orange Environment Inc and its board member Dr. Joe Grizzanti and science advisor Dr. Anne Wibiralske on starting a regional initiative to create habitat for Monarch butterflies and other pollinators by asking local homeowners to convert some or all of their lawns to pollinator habitats filled with native pollinator plants.

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2 OE Workshops This April on Growing Mushrooms in Your backyard, Installing a Rain Barrel and Home Composting

OE is offering two workshops this April in its “Practice Sustainable Living” series- 4/21 on Growing Mushrooms in Your Own Backyard (sorry, SOLD OUT!) and 4/27 – Rainwater Catchment and Home Composting – to show you how you can incorporate new ways of raising your own food, recycling rainwater for useful applications in your garden and yard, and composting household kitchen and garden waste to fertilize your plants without using chemical pesticides. Go to for tickets!

Mushroom Workshop Flyer 4.21.24

Rainwater Catchment & Home Composting Flyer 4.27.24

Sustainable Living Workshops on 11/4 & 11/23!

Our popular workshops on rain catchment and growing mushrooms in your own backyard are back! Learn how to install a rainwater catchment and water conservation system on 11/4 and/or on 11/11 learn how to inoculate shiitake mushroom spores into logs and take them home to see them grow and reap a harvest. See our flyer below for details and visit our Workshop page under “Get Involved”to sign-up or go directly to to reserve your spot!