Envisioning the Future

E-Biking Begins to Make Inroads in the Hudson Valley

With its scenic farmlands, verdant mountains, and appealing towns, the Hudson Valley is a beautiful place for a bike ride. But that doesn’t mean everyone’s comfortable hopping on two wheels around here. The area’s hilly terrain and busy roads have...

Solarpunk Movement Seeds Climate Hope in the Valley

Set above highly urbanized and tech-forward New York City, the Hudson Valley offers nature reserves and varying topography that help make it a perfect experimental ground for a global environmental movement to take root. Solarpunk is the newest movement capturing...

A Fresh Land-Use Win: Solar Canopies Shading Parking Lots

In the shift to green energy, debates often crop up over possible uses for land, whether solar-panel installations or other climate aids like forests, wildlife habitat, and regenerative agriculture. Lately parking lots have been tagged as one smart potential siting...

In Growing Numbers, Gen Z Students Are Choosing Eco-Careers

Climate change has been a topic of national conversation since the ’80s — twice as long as members of Generation Z have been alive. Yet emissions, sea levels, and temperatures have continued to rise — New York warming a staggering...

Mid-Pandemic, Repair Cafes Move Outdoors

Globally, Repair Cafes regularly gather people on nearly every continent to fix instead of throwing away broken items. The Hudson Valley hosted one of the very first in the United States nearly a decade ago, when the late John Wackman...

Three Reasons This Land Save Is a Plus: Athens Waterfront

With prime riverfront land in limited supply along the Hudson, public access to the storied river is vital. That’s partly why it’s so significant that Scenic Hudson has protected six acres along the waterfront in the Village of Athens (Greene...

How a Spoonful of Sugar Could Help EV Batteries Last

A new development in a promising lithium-ion battery alternative could make for higher-capacity, longer-lasting EV power cells. The trick? Sulfur and a bit of sugar. Researchers at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, have figured out a simple solution for stabilizing...

Touring the HV by EV

Is 2021 the year electric vehicles hit their tipping point? New York dug into a $750 million EV-infrastructure expansion. States like Massachusetts banned sales of new gas-powered cars by 2035. And while Tesla had gobbled up a lot of early...

New National Farm-Buying App Launches from the Hudson Valley

Choy Division is a one-woman operation. The Orange County farm was founded and continues to be run by Christina Chan, a second-generation Chinese American, whose interest in sustainability and Asian vegetables inspires her work. Chan grows bok choy, bitter melon,...