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Nyack 2030 Climate Solutions Fair brings community together to celebrate action plan

Dozens of exhibitors presented their ideas in an effort to build a comprehensive strategy to protect the environment.

Two of the dozens of presenters at Wednesday night’s fair. (Photo by Andrea Swenson)

The Nyack 2030 Climate Solutions Fair brought together 45 exhibitors and over 125 attendees on Wednesday in the fight against climate change.

Organized by the Nyack Climate Smart Committee, the event at Nyack Center in south downtown marked the culmination of efforts to develop the Nyack 2030 Climate Action Plan, a comprehensive strategy aimed at reducing emissions by at least 75% and enhancing the protection of natural resources by 2030.

The fair served as a rallying point for residents, organizations and local businesses.

An overview of the bustling climate fair held at Nyack Center on Wednesday night (Photo by Andrea Swenson)

Exhibits were organized around the four focus areas of the Nyack 2030 Climate Action Plan: Transportation, Energy & Built Environment, Waste, and Natural Resources.

Each area showcased initiatives and resources aimed at driving meaningful change within the community.

In the Transportation section, exhibitors such as Rocklanders for Alternatives to Driving (RAD) and 511 NY Rideshare highlighted alternative transportation options.

Local EV owners provided firsthand insights into electric vehicle ownership. The Drive Electric Nyack campaign garnered attention with its exhibit showcasing Rewiring America’s incentive calculator for EV purchases.

Mayor Joe Rand (foreground) with the author (left) at Tuesday’s climate action fair. (Photo by Andrea Swenson)

The Energy & Built Environment section featured expert advice on heat pumps and rooftop solar, provided by local building engineering specialists and homeowners.

Attendees learned about incentive programs from Orange and Rockland counties and explored collective purchasing of renewable electricity through community choice aggregation at the Rockland Community Power table.

Waste management solutions took center stage with Rockland Green and Rockland Composters offering insights into solid waste and recycling practices.

Nyack Pollinator Pathway repped for pollinator-friendly gardening practices at Tuesday’s fair. (Photo by Andrea Swenson)

Textile reuse and recycling initiatives were also highlighted, alongside the Nyack Climate Smart Committee’s Recycling Quiz tailored for Nyack residents.

The Natural Resources section showcased efforts to preserve and enhance Nyack’s natural landscapes, including Pollinator Pathway gardens and tree planting.

Institutions such as Nyack Library, Nyack Hospital and Nyack Public Schools demonstrated their commitment to sustainability through various educational and environmental initiatives.

Organizers encourage folks to visit the newly launched Nyack 2030 website and to keep up the momentum generated by the event.

See all of Andrea Swenson’s best photos from the event in the slideshow below:

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