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January 20, 2013

Sustainability Plan ready for input

TUPPER LAKE — The North Country Consortium’s Sustainability Plan is moving toward completion, and the public is invited to learn about it at a meeting set for 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Wild Center.

The North Country Consortium — consisting of Clinton, Franklin, Essex, Hamilton, St. Lawrence, Jefferson and Lewis counties — and project consultants Adirondack North Country Association and Ecology & Environment are in the process of finalizing a draft of the document based on the collaborative involvement of hundreds of people across the region, a press release said.

The session will include discussion of:

The results of the regional Greenhouse Gas Inventory, including how the North Country compares to the rest of the state and the country.

What kinds of clean energy and other sustainable projects are going on, along with opportunities for funding going forward.

How the plan is intended to benefit communities, businesses and municipalities.

And participants will have the opportunity to offer input on the draft and ask questions.

In addition to the meeting, the museum will be giving a free demo of its new, interactive Planet Adirondack experience at 1 p.m. The exhibit demonstrates how region is affected by changes in global storm patterns, ocean currents, greenhouse-gas emissions and other climate-change factors.

Hot beverages and a light snack will be provided.

The session will be available, as well, via live webcast — at http://wildcenter.org/anca — that will be archived for future viewing. Comments and questions can be sent during the webcast to jperry@adirondack.org.

The meeting is free, but those planning to attend are asked to RSVP at the website http://tinyurl.com/amw

knjl or call 891-6200.

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