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Nature connection: Summer camp for Peekskill youth
The ECP is partnering with New Era Creative Space, serving as a farm/nature space for summer camp-youth to learn about sustainable agricultural practices, climate justice, food justice and ecological consciousness. Learn more.
Garrison union free school youth climate summit
The ECP worked with our local public school to put on a Youth Climate Summit for middle school-aged children from the surrounding area. Seven schools participated in the summit with 150 students. The ECP facilitated a workshop on “Becoming a CO2-eating superhero” to discuss the merits of carbon sinking through plant and soil-based methods and we helped source and cook a climate-friendly lunch for the occasion. Read more here.
peekskill community congress volunteer networking event
With the PkCC community vote results in, it was time to mobilize volunteer power to help turn the initiatives people voted for into a reality. The ECP hosted a networking event for residents of Peekskill to meet the proposers of the initiatives, meet like-minded neighbors and learn more about how to help.
carbon sequestration: land use decisions in a climate smart community
Philipstown is a pledged Climate Smart Community and is conducting a community-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory that is giving a fair shot to measuring carbon sequestering potential of our soils, our natural resources - forests, wetlands - and our farmed land. Learn more about what the Philipstown CSC initiative is all about here.
Peekskill community congress: 3rd public forum
The PkCC convened for the final public forum of this session’s Congress. We were pleased to host this forum in partnership with the Saturday Academy at the Peekskill Middle School. We heard 15 unique ideas for moving Peekskill forward. Read all of the ideas put forward by Peekskill residents here.
civics with peekskill teens
Empowering youth to advocate for change is necessary for the future of our people and our planet. We gathered a group of Peekskill teens to demonstrate what direct democracy looks like, generate ideas to improve lives and practice how to pitch those ideas to a crowd.
Peekskill community congress: 2nd public forum
The PkCC convened for a second time at the Peekskill Brewery to hear more ideas from residents about how to promote and preserve a strong Peekskill. Eleven ideas were introduced to a packed house, with over 120 people coming together in support of their community. Read some exciting local coverage on the event here.
peekskill community congress: 1st public forum
The Peekskill Community Congress (PkCC) convened in a packed room in the United Methodist Church of Peekskill. Twelve different ideas were proposed to promote and preserve a strong Peekskill. The proposals and more information are available at peekskillcommunitycongress.com.
PEEKSKILL community congress: KICK-OFF MEETING
The Community Congress model has made it to Peekskill. Leaders and stakeholders from over 40 community organizations were represented at this kick-off meeting to build momentum toward Peekskill’s first Community Congress.
Philipstown community congress: Community forum with the county candidates
The PCC welcomed Philipstown’s four county candidates to a non-partisan community conversation, asking them to reflect on how they would help make PCC priorities a success in Philipstown.
Philipstown community congress: one year later
The experiment of the Philipstown Community Congress began in July 2017. One year later, the ECP convened residents of Philipstown to hear about the progress that was made on 8 initiatives that were top vote-getters in the November 2017 poll.
unconscious bias: a community training
The ECP brought in nationally-recognized Cook Ross to explore unconscious bias with our community members. We learned about what bias is and ways to address it in our personal lives. But the conversation is not over - more convenings around issues of systemic biases and structural fixes to come.
Putting your money where your mouth is: How achieving social justice requires incorporating broader values into financial decision-making
The ECP was joined by Joanne Leffeld, the Moolah Doula, to discuss the necessary evolution of how we think about money. Through experiential, thought-provoking exercises, we discussed macro- and micro-level ways to bring broad values into spending and investment decision-making.
Philipstown Climate smart community: innovative indicators for ghg emissions reductions
Philipstown has pledged to be a Climate Smart Community (CSC). The ECP will gather CSC task force members and other community leaders to discuss innovative methods for measuring GHG emissions, pushing Philipstown toward capturing more innovative, reliable, impactful measures of change that ecological citizens can take part in to build a more resilient future. Stay tuned as the ECP and CSC task force put together a baseline inventory report.
Philipstown community congress: community forums on promoting and preserving a strong community
Philipstown residents proposed 40 different ideas for promoting and preserving a strong community over the course of three public forums. Over 755 Philipstown neighbors voted on their top priorities in a community-wide vote. Interested residents and community groups gathered in a "job fair-style" forum to learn more about how to move the proposals forward and take the next steps toward civic engagement. Learn more about the Philipstown Community Congress.
Beyond bringing down monuments: a dialogue on racial inequalities in our communities
We brought together three Peekskill leaders to discuss what racial inequality looks like in their community. Then we discussed what we can do to address it. View the flyer. Podcast forthcoming.
Peekskill area pastor's alliance (PAPA) retreat: what role should religious leaders play in times of social injustice?
Faced with historic economic inequality, growing racial and ethnic discrimination, human sickness and environmental degradation, what role should religious and spiritual leaders play in discussing these issues with their congregants? What do religious or moral teachings have to say that are relevant to prompting action on a social issue you care about? Podcast forthcoming.
Fossil Fuel Divestment/Carbon pricing
We brought together student leaders from colleges and universities to hear about successful divestment strategies, build the economic case for divestment, and make connections between divestment campaigns and a growing call for institutions of higher education to support carbon pricing. See our convening agenda.
Save Our Skins
Student retreat participants developed the Save Our Skins campaign, educating fellow students on the dangers of toxic chemicals allowed in the vast majority of personal and beauty care products. Learn more about their campaign.
Half Calf Campaign
Student retreat participants developed the Half Calf campaign, calling on their campuses to cut beef consumption in half and replace it with more sustainable meats to cut carbon emissions, save money, and promote a healthier student body. Learn more about their campaign.
Problems of the scale we face will require widespread cultural change: deep shifts in our values and how we view the world, followed by individual changes in the ways we live and growing participation to push for responsible, systemic change.
The ECP works with the movement builders of our generation: young people bringing their idealism, intelligence, and innovation to the task of winning progress on their campuses and in their communities; and citizen-leaders bringing wisdom, experience and power to their work for community, regional and societal change.
These are the leaders that will serve as a bridge to a more sustainable future.
While we live in a time that is more virtually connected than any time before, we believe that shared experiences and face-to-face interaction remain a vital part of building movements. We bring emerging and experienced leaders from regional colleges and universities and local community groups to convenings on Longhaul Farm, creating opportunities to experience sustainable living, learn from each other, build personal relationships, strengthen change campaigns, and contribute to the movement afoot.