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Mid-Hudson Sustainability Planning Begins

OC Planning Commissioner David Church

A new committee will begin to look at developing a sustainability agenda for the Mid-Hudson Valley.  The seven-county region – Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Orange, Sullivan, Dutchess and Ulster – will seek input from residents as to what to include in a sustainability plan.

“Green economic development” is how Orange County Planning Commissioner David Church describes it.

“We are looking at it as comprehensively as we can and that includes everything from energy efficiency to transportation issues, waste or materials management, water supply issues, how we can keep that healthy ecologically, socially and economically for multiple generations,” Church said.

NYSERDA is funding the study with a $900,000 grant Orange County sought for the county consortium.

The first public input session on the topic will be held this evening (Monday) at 6:30 p.m. at the SUNY Orange Newburgh Campus, Kaplan Hall Great Room.