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NYPA recognizes Lake Placid's green leadership

LAKE PLACID -  The Lake Placid Green Team kicked off 2010 efforts with an event on May 19th during which New York Power Authority (NYPA) President and Chief Executive Officer Richard M. Kessel recognized Lake Placid's environmental leadership and announced NYPA-sponsored initiatives in the community. 

The Lake Placid Green Team is a task force formed to implement one of the initiatives that resulted from the destination master planning process to assess the product that the region's communities offer to the traveling public. Spearheaded by the Lake Placid CVB/Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism and facilitated by a third party consultant, the process resulted in the development of destination master plans for six communities, including Saranac Lake, Schroon Lake, Moriah, Ticonderoga, Wilmington and Lake Placid.

The plan for Lake Placid, which will be released this summer, outlines several broad steps as the basis for its evolution as a destination.  Among them is a drive to become a "leadership green community", in which residents embrace the concept and benefits of environmental responsibility, and the visitor goes home with renewed determination to reduce their own impacts.  

The Green Team task force, led by Lake Placid CVB/Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism Board Directors Kate Fish and Jennifer Webb, has begun work toward that ideal. "Our community already has a great head start," said Jenn Webb, owner of the Golden Arrow Resort, which recently achieved a 5-Green Leaf rating from Audubon International's eco-rating program. "We intend to build upon Lake Placid's established green stance, and are fortunate to have many active partners in place already, including the Town's recycling advisory committee, and the Adirondack Green Circle." 

The village of Lake Placid has made considerable efforts to conserve energy through the New York Power Authority's Independent Energy Efficiency Program, through which the village has succeeded in lowering its peak electricity use.  The Town of North Elba Transfer Station accepts a large variety of recyclable items, including glass, metal, plastic, paper, cardboard, printer ink jet cartridges, cell phones as well as fluorescent light bulbs, household batteries and electronic items for a nominal extra fee.

Initial meetings with community leaders have resulted in the identification of a primary short-term initiative for the Green Team: community engagement. "It's important to provide one comprehensive information resource to facilitate communication within the community," said Fish, Executive Director at the Adirondack North Country Association. "The Town of North Elba has allowed us to utilize their website to that end, and we're pleased to announce that the Green Team pages are now available on northelba.org."  The Green Team website presence will provide information resources for residents to illustrate how they can take advantage of programs that are already in place, and learn how the community's collective efforts are already having an environmental and economic impact. 

"This is an important action item that represents a big step toward our goal to achieve a year round economy for our residents," said James McKenna, Lake Placid CVB CEO. "Establishing Lake Placid's green leadership ties in with the overall Adirondack theme, and will provide us with a very competitive differentiator in the destination marketplace." 

"I commend and congratulate the formation of the Lake Placid Green Team for showing environmental leadership in educating this community on the concepts and benefits of environmental responsibility," said Richard Kessel, President and CEO of the New York Power Authority. "We at NYPA look to continue our terrific partnership with Lake Placid on this and other clean energy initiatives."    

Interested community members are welcome to join the Green Team, and encouraged to become involved in ongoing efforts.  For more information, contact Kate Fish kfish@adirondack.org or Jenn Webb jennifer@golden-arrow.com.

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Infrared Camera

The Village Electric Department has a new, very high tech infrared camera, used for locating heat loss in homes and energy loss in power lines.  The Electric Department will conduct surveys for Lake Placid residents and provide them with a CD of the video results - a short cut to efficiency!

The survey is conducted by an Electric Department employee during cold weather, and in the dark, to best locate heat loss points in a structure.  Residents who would like to schedule a survey should contact  Ginny Partridge at the Lake Placid Village Electric Dept., 523-2021 for further information.