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Take a quick look around the space you’re in right now, and one material stands out among the rest: plastic....

Six Fresh Household Swaps That Cut Packaging Waste

We’ve seen the headlines about how much our oceans, ecosystems,...

Floatovoltaics Makes Waves Approaching the Valley

About 10 miles north of Albany, the small city of...

In the Climate Fight, “Blue Carbon” Soaks Up Fresh Attention (and Emissions)

All around us, there are natural systems that soak up...

Can N.Y. Reset Tech With Its Nation-Leading Right to Repair Law?

New York State will set a historic precedent July 1, when the nation’s first Digital...
A single-story ranch-style home with white siding and a dark gray roof. On the roof, solar panels have been installed. The sky behind the home is bright blue.

Going Green at Home by 2030

The $370 billion Inflation Reduction Act passed in 2022 marked the largest clean-energy investment in...

How the SITED Act Makes N.Y. a National Leader in Climate Change Solutions

The passage in 2019 of New York’s landmark Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act established...

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Floatovoltaics Makes Waves Approaching the Valley

About 10 miles north of Albany, the small city of Cohoes sits at the confluence of the Hudson and Mohawk...

How the SITED Act Makes N.Y. a National Leader in Climate Change Solutions

The passage in 2019 of New York’s landmark Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act established some of the nation’s most...

How Solar Works in the Hudson Valley’s Different Weather Conditions

California’s Death Valley may seem like the best place on Earth for solar arrays — the sun beats down daily....

Solar Meets Sheep (and Bees, and More)

The second word in “solar farm” can sound like a misnomer. Often solar panels sit on former agricultural land, but...

At the Historic Bronson House, a Surprising Solar Success

Tucked in a corner of a medium-security state prison site is a little-known, rarely seen 19th-century mansion that has fascinated...
Studio Sunggi Park

Solar Plex

One of the biggest drawbacks to embracing solar energy in valley communities: Many residents find the panels unattractive. But they...
Solar Panels

Solar Buzz

Underhill solar farm in Poughkeepsie, which went on line in 2019, was one of New York’s first solar arrays developed...

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An aerial view of a Hudson Valley tree farm.

Cutting Down the Impact of That Christmas Tree

For those who celebrate one of the year-end holiday biggies, the time of year has come back around to ponder...

Fire It Up With Eco-Friendlier Campfires

Building campfires and settling in to unwind before the crackling flames is a uniquely human pleasure, one with deep evolutionary...

Get in on the #ClimateAction: Hands-On Volunteering Opps

All that bad news is really partly good news … but it still feels bad sometimes. The news coverage of...

Fresh Climate Solution Coming to the Valley: Greater Sustainability Ed

Late in summer 2018, a Swedish teen plopped down on a sidewalk by the seat of her nation’s government, bearing...

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Cooling Green Roofs Turn Up Along the Hudson

When Harry Lipstein decided to cover the roof of his black-box theater with plants instead of a more typical cover...

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...

“Ashen Cabins” Could Be a New Use for Beetle-Destroyed Trees

A high-design Cornell project shows how quirky but desirable ash wood can be reclaimed for construction.
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Recycling’s Robotic Frontier

To understand the challenges at the root of municipal recycling programs, check out a video clip from the TV satire...

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Why to Support These New Bike Safety Bills for N.Y. State

In this year’s ranking of bike-friendly states conducted annually by the League of American Bicyclists, New York placed 13th. (FYI, Massachusetts, Oregon,...

Understanding the Hudson’s PCB Cleanup — and Why it Still Matters Today

People might be forgiven for thinking that the dredging of Hudson River PCB toxins completed by General Electric in 2016...
Recycling

Time to Update the Bottle Bill

Half. That’s the percentage of glass containers manufactured in the United States that ends up in landfills every year. Despite...

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How to Get in on the Refillability Game

Take a quick look around the space you’re in right now, and one material stands out among the rest: plastic....

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Exploring Green Careers: ZEKE FLEMING, Solar Construction Manager

The statistics are impressive: by 2030, more than 24 million new jobs could be created globally by shifting to a...

Exploring Green Careers: MIGUEL ALVARADO, Retrofit Contractor

The statistics are impressive: by 2030, more than 24 million new jobs could be created globally by shifting to a...

Exploring Green Careers: SUSIE XIMÉNEZ, Community Outreach Director

The statistics are impressive: by 2030, more than 24 million new jobs could be created globally by shifting to a...

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...

Exploring Green Careers: SERENA PADILLA, Garden Educator

The statistics are impressive: by 2030, more than 24 million new jobs could be created globally by shifting to a...

Explorando Carreras Ecológicas: SERENA PADILLA, Garden Educator

Las estadísticas son impresionantes: para el año 2030, más de 24 millones de trabajos pueden ser creado globalmente por la...

Explorando Carreras Ecológicas: ZEKE FLEMING, Solar Construction Manager

Las estadísticas son impresionantes: para el año 2030, más de 24 millones de trabajos pueden ser creado globalmente por la...

Explorando Carreras Ecológicas: MIGUEL ALVARADO, Retrofit Contractor

Las estadísticas son impresionantes: para el año 2030, más de 24 millones de trabajos pueden ser creado globalmente por la...

Explorando Carreras Ecológicas: SUSIE XIMÉNEZ, Community Outreach Director

Las estadísticas son impresionantes: para el año 2030, más de 24 millones de trabajos pueden ser creado globalmente por la...

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A single-story ranch-style home with white siding and a dark gray roof. On the roof, solar panels have been installed. The sky behind the home is bright blue.

Going Green at Home by 2030

The $370 billion Inflation Reduction Act passed in 2022 marked the largest clean-energy investment in U.S. history. Through the IRA,...

Touring the HV by EV

Is this the year electric vehicles hit their tipping point? New York dug into a $750 million EV-infrastructure expansion. States...

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...

The Real Deal on Plastic Recycling

In 2019, two days before Halloween, some of America’s leading beverage companies — including the makers of Coca Cola, Pepsi,...

Next-Level Strategies to Reduce Waste

You’ve already brought reusable mugs, purchased locally in bulk and maybe even started composting. Now New York sustainability and travel...

Recording Change One Photo at a Time

Environmental changes can move at a snail’s pace, making them costly to record and hard for the average person —...

How to Compost Smart in the Hudson Valley

During the pandemic, many of us have had more time to focus on feathering our nests — and making them...
Seeds

Victory Gardens Return, Challenging Seed Access and Food Justice

Ken Greene said he saw it happen once before, but not like this. A decade ago, the Great Recession inspired...

Green Burial A Growing Option in the HV

Joel Kovel was laid to rest directly in the Hudson Valley ground, his body in a wicker casket pulled on...

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Hudson Valley Viewfinder is a collaborative, community digital magazine sharing what inspires us about the beautiful Hudson Valley. We publish original stories and multimedia content about all things sustainable in the region along the Hudson River — including agriculture, science, wildlife, outdoor recreation, green transportation, environmental justice, and more.

Our mission is to immerse you in the storied history, fresh happenings, and coming solutions for making the Hudson Valley greener and more livable long-term.

Viewfinder is published by Scenic Hudson, the celebrated nonprofit credited with launching the modern grassroots environmental movement in 1963. With over 25,000 passionate supporters, Scenic Hudson’s mission is to sustain and enhance the Hudson Valley’s inspirational beauty and health for generations to come. Viewfinder supports that mission, because the better people understand what makes this place special, the more they will invest in protecting it. 

Keep up with the latest stories by subscribing to Scenic Hudson’s monthly digital newsletter, and connect with us on social via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Threads.

Our mission is to immerse you in the storied history, fresh happenings, and coming solutions for making the Hudson Valley greener and more livable long-term.

Viewfinder is published by Scenic Hudson, the celebrated nonprofit credited with launching the modern grassroots environmental movement in 1963. With over 25,000 passionate supporters, Scenic Hudson’s mission is to sustain and enhance the Hudson Valley’s inspirational beauty and health for generations to come. Viewfinder supports that mission, because the better people understand what makes this place special, the more they will invest in protecting it. 

Keep up with the latest stories by subscribing to Scenic Hudson’s monthly digital newsletter, and connect with us on social via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Threads.

Lynn Freehill-Maye
Managing Editor
editorial@scenichudson.org 

Riley Johndonnell
Director Creative Strategies & Communications
rjohndonnell@scenichudson.org

Lynn Freehill-Maye
Managing Editor
editorial@scenichudson.org 

Riley Johndonnell
Director Creative Strategies & Communications
rjohndonnell@scenichudson.org

We’re always looking for ideas around our main topic areas of Climate Solutions, Land + Air + Water, Plants + Animals, History + Culture, Outdoors, and Community.
  • Journalists and writers who have deep familiarity with New York and the Hudson Valley, we’d love to have you contribute! Please do introduce yourself by email, sharing writing samples and any relevant pitches you may have.
  • Photographers and videographers, we’d love to hear from you and see what you do. Please send along a portfolio with images or footage that showcases your best and/or most relevant work, with an emphasis on anything captured outdoors. 
  • Illustrators, we commission artwork on the regular. Drop us a note with some of the beauty you’ve created.
  • Media Partners & Social Media Influencers, we welcome opportunities to team up on series and campaigns. Reach out with any background about yourselves and your ideas.
We’re always looking for ideas around our main topic areas of Climate Solutions, Land + Air + Water, Plants + Animals, History + Culture, Outdoors, and Community.
  • Journalists and writers who have deep familiarity with New York and the Hudson Valley, we’d love to have you contribute! Please do introduce yourself by email, sharing writing samples and any relevant pitches you may have.
  • Photographers and videographers, we’d love to hear from you and see what you do. Please send along a portfolio with images or footage that showcases your best and/or most relevant work, with an emphasis on anything captured outdoors. 
  • Illustrators, we commission artwork on the regular. Drop us a note with some of the beauty you’ve created.
  • Media Partners & Social Media Influencers, we welcome opportunities to team up on series and campaigns. Reach out with any background about yourselves and your ideas.
  • We love to collaborate with media outlets, especially on episodic series (like these) of interest to our shared audiences. Past collaborations have included radio interviews, panel discussions and other events, original artwork, and e-blasts, all furthering the campaign’s excitement and reach. 
  • We also love to partner with other organizations whose missions align with Scenic Hudson’s. Feel free to reach out with some background on your group and its work.
  • Writers, photographers, and creatives, if you have an idea for a series or content campaign that might be a good fit, drop us a line!

Businesses, please note that as a nonprofit, Scenic Hudson is restricted from advertising or promoting for-profit companies, through Viewfinder or other outlets. While we understand content managers may wish to alert us to your company’s role in a relevant topic, we are unable to add links to businesses to our stories.

  • We love to collaborate with media outlets, especially on episodic series (like these) of interest to our shared audiences. Past collaborations have included radio interviews, panel discussions and other events, original artwork, and e-blasts, all furthering the campaign’s excitement and reach. 
  • We also love to partner with other organizations whose missions align with Scenic Hudson’s. Feel free to reach out with some background on your group and its work.
  • Writers, photographers, and creatives, if you have an idea for a series or content campaign that might be a good fit, drop us a line!

Businesses, please note that as a nonprofit, Scenic Hudson is restricted from advertising or promoting for-profit companies, through Viewfinder or other outlets. While we understand content managers may wish to alert us to your company’s role in a relevant topic, we are unable to add links to businesses to our stories.

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