Natural Resource & Environmental Lectures/Webinars

Become an Energy Navigator!

Do you want to help people save energy, save money, and move toward a renewable energy future? Volunteer as an Energy Navigator! This in-depth, online ten-week training will prepare volunteer Energy Navigators within the Mid-Hudson region to help people in their communities to better understand their energy use, lower their energy usage and bills, and switch from fossil fuels to renewables. The focus is on helping low- and moderate-income residents--both homeowners and renters--save energy and money. Navigators will learn about programs and options that can help homeowners and renters to both cut costs and reduce their carbon footprint. Topics include climate science, understanding energy bills, energy efficiency, renewable heating, solar energy, building science and energy audits, transportation, energy justice and more.

Training Dates and Times: The 2020 program is now openApply today! Classes will be held online via Zoom on Tuesdays 6 – 8 PM (beginning August 18th) OR Wednesdays 10 -12 AM (beginning August 19th) - please choose one option.
For more information and to apply, visit: or contact Hazel Robin at

Applications due July 19th

The Mid-Hudson Energy Navigator Program is a program of CCE Dutchess in partnership with Get Your Green Back Tompkins

Conservation and Land Use 101 Webinar

Best Practices for Local Environmental Reviews

Reviews and approvals of most land development and subdivision projects are carried out at the local level by municipal planning boards and zoning boards of appeal. This webinar will address how to obtain natural resource information for a site, techniques for map interpretation, and effective ways to incorporate conservation principles for significant habitats, wildlife, and water resources into those reviews. Building a collaborative relationship between the reviewing agency and the applicant from the earliest stage of project planning can lead to a speedier review process and improve project outcomes.

Presenter: Gretchen Stevens, Hudsonia Ltd.

Recognizing that in-person training programs will not be possible for the foreseeable future due to COVID-19, we are offering municipal training credit for this program and other webinars going forward. Webinar attendees will receive an email confirming attendance, which may be submitted locally for municipal planning or zoning board training credit.

About the Conservation and Land Use 101 Webinar Series

The Hudson River Estuary Conservation and Land Use Program is hosting this webinar training series to provide a foundation in conservation and land use planning for members of Hudson Valley conservation advisory councils/boards and environmental commissions, as well as members of planning and zoning boards, elected officials, and interested citizens. Participants will learn about biodiversity, conservation principles, best practices, and tools to identify and conserve important habitat and water resources within New York’s home rule system.

Webinar recordings and slides are made available after the events at Follow the link to find materials from past webinars including:

  • Hudson Valley Forest Condition Index (May 2020)
  • Natural Heritage Important Areas (April 2020)
  • Wetland Conservation: What do we have to lose? (March 2020)
  • Stormwater Management (February 2020)
  • Biodiversity Conservation (November 2019)
  • Introduction to Habitats of the Hudson Valley (October 2019)
  • Conservation Advisory Councils and Boards (September 2019)