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Good turnout for Earth Day at Oneida/Herkimer Solid Waste Authority

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - For the past five years, the Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority has held an Earth Day Open House during this weekend in April. Read more »

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Jones Elementary students help out at Utica Zoo

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - In celebration of the upcoming Earth Day holiday, youngsters got involved at many locations, including the Utica Zoo. The Genesis Group of the Mohawk Valley held its annual 'Green and Clean' event on Saturday morning. Read More »

Rome Clean and Green initiative contest

ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Grow Rome Project aims to create a series of community gardens in public spaces and at schools throughout the city, and this week could be a big break for the projects. Read More »

Cuomo proposes "Green Bank" to spur clean energy

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Governor Andrew Cuomo is proposing to create a "Green Bank" to spur private investment in clean energy projects. Read More »

F.X. Matt Brewery now turning wastewater into energy

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Dozens of local lawmakers, business leaders, and residents gathered at the F.X. Matt Brewery in Utica on Tuesday to take a look at the latest $5 million expansion project. Read More »

Rome Stormwater program among those receiving DEC awards

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The Department of Environmental Conservation has named seven organizations as recipients of the annual New York State Environmental Excellence Awards. Read More »

Open house at Oriskany Falls farm to show benefits of wind energy

ORISKANY FALLS, N.Y. (WKTV) - A local farm went the extra mile to reduce its carbon footprint, and on Friday, they opened their doors to show other farmers how to do the same. Read More »

Solid Waste Authority expands list of recyclable items

The Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority says that after one year of successful single stream recycling, the Authority is expanding its list of recyclable items. Read More »

Brindisi urging businesses, municipalities to take advantage of new solar program

Assemblyman Anthony J. Brindisi (D-Utica) is encouraging local officials and business owners to consider applying for a share of new funding designed to increase the use of solar power by businesses and manufacturers. Read More »

Mohawk man says going off the grid already paying off

MOHAWK, N.Y. (WKTV) - Offsetting the global carbon footprint and saving money. Imagine being able to do that right in your own backyard. One Mohawk man is doing just that, making a difference in the earth and his wallet. Read More »

Officials: Energy project at Griffiss equivalent to taking 2,700 cars off the road

ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - While the price of oil and natural gas have the potential to rise, the price of wood chips offers a cheaper alternative and that is why one utility broke ground on Wednesday on a new energy project that allows for the use of wood chips for fuel. Read More »

Energy-efficient apartments for homeless women open in Johnson Park

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The City of Utica's newest energy efficient apartments opened on Tuesday, with a big celebration to mark the occasion. The Johnson Park Apartments come equipped with solar panels, geothermal heating and cooling, and rainwater collection systems. Read More »

National Grid presents F.X. Matt Brewery with check for energy efficiency upgrades

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - On Thursday, the F.X. Matt Brewery in Utica announced completion of eight projects that will make the brewery more energy efficient. Read More »

Expansion project will generate almost half of brewery's own electricity

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The F.X. Matt Brewery's $4 million expansion is well underway. Five large tanks, each measuring 30 feet high, were installed Wednesday after being delivered Tuesday from Philadelphia. Read More »

Solar powered boat manufactured in Rome

ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - The world's first solar powered recreational boat is being built and sold right in the Mohawk Valley. Tamarack Lake Electric Boat Company in the City of Rome has patented the technology and already has orders from all over the world. Read More »

Students get their hands dirty as they learn about the environment

HERKIMER, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Herkimer County Soil and Water Conservation District held an Envirothon Wednesday at Herkimer County Community College. Read More »

CTM in Frankfort announces new green initiative

FRANKFORT, N.Y. (WKTV) - A local company announced a new green initiative on Tuesday that representatives say could lead to some big business. Read More »

Recent cleanup by Herkimer Now sets tone for upcoming Earth Day cleanups

HERKIMER, N.Y. - With Earth Day coming up this Sunday, many residents will be out in full force doing their part to keep their neighborhoods beautiful. One group in Herkimer has already performed a major cleanup effort this month, on Saturday, April 14. Read More »

"Green Team" at Jones Elementary raising money and awareness of recycling

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Students at Jones Elementary School in south Utica are took a break Thursday in between their New York State tests to take care of the planet. Read More »

Sculpture Space residents gather scraps to soon become Earth Day art

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Local artistic will soon come to life to celebrate Earth Day on April 22, and on Wednesday, the artists behind those works gathered their materials of recycled scraps - scraps that will help their visions come alive. Read More »

Single Stream recycling saving environment, and money

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Not too long ago, you needed two separate containers for recycling. One for your paper and cardboard and one for your containers. Read More »

Learning to live green early

Author creates recycling curriculum for elementary schools to stop bad habits before they start. Read More »

New electronics recycling law now in effect for businesses

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - A new law is now in effect for businesses when it comes to recycling electronics. Read More »

DEC: Ban on disposing rechargeable batteries in NYS goes into effect

ALBANY, N.Y. - A provision in the New York State Rechargeable Battery Recycling Act prohibiting disposal of most rechargeable batteries as a solid waste in the state starts Monday, announced the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Read More »

Local schools among those honored by DEC Green Schools Challenge

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced the winners of the Green Schools Challenge, a program to recognize those schools that are working to improve solid waste management by developing waste reduction, reuse, recycling, composting and/or recycled product purchasing and packaging programs. Read More »

Park clean-up part of local Earth Day projects

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Local students are supporting Earth Day by cleaning up their neighborhood park. BOCES Utica Access students and The Cornhill Neighborhood Association participated in The Great American Clean-Up Project Friday. Read More »

In honor of Earth Day 2011, AAA offers five ways to drive 'Greener'

UTICA, N.Y. - With Earth Day 2011 celebrations this week, AAA offers drivers some tips on how they can drive 'greener' and save some money in the process. Read More »

Verizon given greenlight to limit distribution of White Pages

ALBANY, N.Y. - The New York State Public Service Commission (Commission) today granted Verizon New York Inc. permission to provide residential white page directories only to customers upon request. The Commission's decision to ensure that residential white page directories are only sent to those customers who want them will reduce paper waste and improve the overall environment. Read More »

Dredging of Utica Harbor begins

UTICA, NY (WKTV) - Utica Mayor David Roefaro has a vision of what he hopes a new development in North Utica called Harbor Point will look like. Read More »

Old Utica Community Action Agency building going 'Green'

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - A long-time vacant building in downtown Utica is getting a new lease on life. Read More »

Renewed interest in preserving produce spurs workshop

HERKIMER, N.Y. - Food Preservation 101" will be the topic of the Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Herkimer County workshops to be held Wednesday, August 11 from 6:30 - 8 pm at St. John’s Catholic Church located at 7514 Main Street, in Newport. Read More »

City of Utica to use rain barrels to tackle sewer overflow

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The City of Utica is tackling a sewer overflow problem, which means you might start seeing rain buckets on your commute. Read More »

State college manure-energy project could get stimulus money

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. (AP) - Senator Charles Schumer says a biodigester that turns manure into energy at Morrisville State College will qualify for federal stimulus funding aimed at promoting renewable energy. Read More »

Utica police and fire chief join in city Green Week events

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Utica's police chief and fire chief were out on their day off Saturday helping clean up the City of Utica in celebration of Earth Week. The city officials where out along Sunset Avenue just off of the arterial. Read More »

Utica Marsh gets cleaned out for Earth Week

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - As part of Earth Week 2010, dozens of local community members spent the day Saturday cleaning up different areas of Central New York. One spot the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation organized a cleanup for was the Utica Marsh off of Route 12. Read More »

Earth Day: Scrap metal donated for art at Sculpture Space

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Donating scrap metal for sculptures is how one recycling company is celebrating Earth Day. Read More »

Recycle your old vehicle batteries this week at AAA

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - As part of Earth Week, the AAA office in Utica is holding their annual battery recycling drop off. Read More »

DEC wants public comments on Special Metals brownfield cleanup

NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. (WKTV) - The State Department of Environmental Conservation is asking for the public's comments on a draft plan to look into a brownfield site at Special Metals. Read More »

State Capitol to go dark in keeping with Earth Hour

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The state Capitol building in Albany will go dark for an hour Saturday night along with landmarks around the globe as part of the Earth Hour event supporting action on climate change. Read More »

CNY to get $5 million+ for clean energy projects

(WKTV) - More than $5 million in stimulus funding is headed to Central New York for energy conservation projects. Read More »

Senator Griffo and Senate Energy Chair tour local energy facilities

ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - Going green was a top priority Friday for Senators Joe Griffo and George Maziarz as they toured some local energy facilities looking for ways to help the companies grow. Read More »

City of Rome teams with energy efficiency company to make citywide upgrades

ROME, N.Y. - Looking to optimize the city's financial and energy resources, the city of Rome has selected Johnson Controls, the global multi-industrial leader in energy efficiency and sustainability, to provide energy efficient upgrades to multiple facilities throughout the city, including the installation of a state-of-the-art aeration system at its wastewater treatment plant. Read More »

State to use $9.2 million for leaky tank cleanup

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York State officials say $9.2 million in federal stimulus money will be used to clean up about 60 sites with leaking underground fuel tanks to make the sites suitable for redevelopment. Read More »

Renewable energy workshop standing room only

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (WKTV) - Templeton Hall was standing room only on Saturday morning for the Otsego County Conservation Association's first ever Renewable Energy Workshop. Read More »

New York scientists to study environmental toxins impact

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York scientists have been awarded a $5 million federal grant to study long-term human exposure to chemicals in the environment. Read More »

Dreaming of a Green Christmas - recycling at the holidays

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - While many hope for a white Christmas, the folks at the Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority are hoping for a Green Christmas - Going Green, that is. Read More »

Oneonta using recycled products to remove snow and ice

ONEONTA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The City of Oneonta is going green to deal with the white stuff. Read More »

Utica State Office Building receives Energy Excellence award

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The State Office Building in Utica was recognized by the office of general services for its green efforts. Read More »

City of Utica to receive nearly $600,000 for green projects

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Congressman Michael Arcuri (D-24th) announced that $587,400 in additional stimulus dollars are headed to the City of Utica for several local projects. Read More »

State saves $3.1 million in energy efficiency program

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Turning off lights, turning down the heat and buying with an eye toward energy efficiency is saving New York more than $3.1 million so far this fiscal year. Read More »

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