About Us, Upcoming Event

About Us:

Community Advocates for a Sustainable Environment (CASE) was formed in February of 2018 (as Community Advocates for Sustainable Energy). CASE grew out of Stop NY Fracked Gas Pipeline (SNYFGP), which was formed in the Spring of 2014 to stop Kinder Morgan’s Northeast Energy Director Gas Pipeline. When the company withdrew its application in May of 2016 SNYFGP decided to continue to help other area fights against fossil fuel infrastructure and to create CASE to promote Renewable Energy. Since then CASE has organized three annual Renewable Energy Fairs and several community educational forums.

CASE/SNYFGP is governed by a Board of Directors, who meet monthly. Anyone who believes in our mission is welcome to join our mailing list and attend our meetings. Membership meetings are held 1 to 2 times a month. CASE/SNYFGP puts out a regular newsletter to educate its members about fossil fuel and renewable energy issues and to suggests actions its members can take.

We are a grassroots, all volunteer, self-funded organization of concerned citizens. Although we are a not for profit organization we do not have a 501(c)3 status.

About 600 people participated in the
2019 Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living Fair.
It was a great day.
Stay tuned for pictures.

Dear Friends,

What a great group of volunteers, exhibitors, speakers and participants!!  We are so happy with the terrific event we all put on yesterday. And it is such a pleasure to be part of this community. Thanks for all you did to make this a success. According to our records about 600 people attended the Fair (including exhibitors and volunteers). We heard (almost) nothing but positive feedback about the venue, the speakers, the exhibitors and the foot traffic. 

 
Special thanks to Mike Kamm and all the hearty EV owners and members of the Capital District Electrical Vehicle Club who stayed out in the cold weather sharing their passion. We learned so much from the speakers we listened to and the exhibitors we had a chance to visit. Another special thank you to all the ZeroWaste folks who helped us plan the event for less waste and took care of sorting all our trash to avoid as much garbage as possible. John Ciovacco, president of of Aztech Geothermal was an invaluable help with the technical and AV issues. Thanks to John Ciovacco and David Edwards for taking photos. Thanks to Jody Diedrich, from Sage College, who was on hand all day to troubleshoot any problems. 
 
Thanks to those who signed people in and greeted our visitors with a friendly smile and helpful information, as well as capturing the numbers and email addresses: Stacey and Dan Spilman, Jeannette Rice, Kathy Harris, Michael Bailey, Bill Mancini, Meaghan Hurley, Bridget Ball, and Charlie Sullivan. Thanks to all those who helped “people” the SNYFGP refreshment table: Roberta Ponemon, Kim Smith, Cliff Schock, Ruth Lieberman, Ken and Mary Scallon, Mike Cronin and Dan Spilman. Thank you to Sharon Lastique for providing us with healthy, hearty and warm food. 
A big thank you to our speakers, who helped broaden our understanding of the mess we’re in and possible solutions to the mess: Melissa Everett, Dorna Schroeter, Rachel MeCrystal, Bob Cohen, Andrew Pezzullo, Janet Carmosky and Natalie Penna.
Our board (and honorary members) has been a wonderful group to plan and execute this event with. Our deep appreciation to Ruth Foster (who designed, laid out and delivered our beautiful Program Books as well as many of our flyers and posters), Bob Cohen, Ken Phelps, Bruce Frischkoff, Ken Stokem, Suzanne Pollard, Dan Spilman, Ken and Mary Scallon and Chris Dippolito.
 
We’re sure we probably forgot some important thanks, as our brains are still a little fuzzy from the big event. Our apologies if we forgot to thank you.
 
There is much to evaluate and critique before we plan for our next Fair. Although we may send out a formal survey, please feel free to send us your  thoughts, reflections and anecdotal comments about the Fair and any ideas you have for our next Fair. 
We are also looking for exhibitors in areas that were not represented this year. I’ve received a few suggestions and that’s very helpful. We got lots of positive feedback about the venue and will probably try to have our next Fair there again.
 
We had a photographer from the Times Union and TV stations, Channel 13 and Channel 6 at the event, but we have not yet seen any of the coverage. (Let us know if you see it.)
 
John Ciovacco took 518 pictures of the event. Hopefully he will edit them somewhat and then share them with us. David Edwards also took photographs that he will share.
 
We’ll be in touch.
 
With much appreciation, 
Becky Meier and Bob Connors
1409 County Route Five
Canaan, NY 12029
518-781-4686- home
518-929-4664- mobile

Fourth Annual
Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living Fair
Saturday, November 16, 10-4
Armory at Sage College
130 New Scotland Avenue, Albany, NY 12208

Click here for a downloadable flyer to put up where you work, play and shop.

Be part of this one-stop shopping event for information and products about living in harmony with our earth. This is the largest indoor/outdoor environmental fair in the Capital Region.There will be exhibits and information on renewable energy and sustainable living in addition to good food and drink. One can meet motivated attendees, speak with like-minded exhibitors, lead workshops or listen to speakers on a variety of topics. Our goal is to continue to educate the public while showcasing products and services to achieve this goal. This event is free and open to the public with free parking. See below for a list

We had over 250 people attend our first ever Fair in 2016 and we had close to 400 attend last year with 53 exhibitors explaining everything from geothermal/solar/wind energy to carbon sequestration to zero waste.

The fee to have a table at the Fair is still only $200 for a business/for-profit organization and $35 for a not-for profit organization. We will have several speakers talking about a variety of environmental issues. We will once again offer a Fair Program Booklet that will include climate information, a listing of exhibitors and paid advertisements. The exhibitor contact information will be listed in the back of the Fair Program Booklet once again (at no extra fee). If you are interested in an ad in our Program Book, click here.

There are still a few tables available, but its too late to get in the Program Book. If you are still interested in being an exhibitor, please register here. Please share this event on all of your communication tools. You can pay for the event with Paypal by clicking here or send a check to SNYFGP, 1409 County Route 5, Canaan, NY 12029.

We will be promoting this Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living Fair via our newsletters, press announcements, posters, social media, etc. Here is a link to our 2019 Fair Facebook event page. Here are some links to past Fairs:  2017 Fair Facebook2016 Fair FacebookReport on 2018 Fair

If you know of others you think might be interested in exhibiting, please send us their information.

Don’t miss out- discover why many exhibitors return every year!

Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living Fair 2019 Exhibitors:

  • AEC Solar
  • Albany Community Action Partnership
  • Affordable Housing Partnership
  • Albany Bicycle Coalition
  • Albany Recycles
  • Albany Sustainability Advisory Committee
  • Alliance for a Green Economy
  • Apex Solar Power
  • Aztech Geothermal
  • Beyond Plastics
  • Capital CarShare
  • Capital District Community Energy
  • Capital District EV Drivers
  • Capsi
  • CDPHP Cycle!
  • Citizens’ Climate Lobby
  • Common Energy
  • Community Advocates for a Sustainable Environment
  • Dandelion Energy
  • Dirt to Soil-SUCCESS!
  • Eden Renewbles
  • Extinction Rebellion- Capital Region
  • First Reformed Church of Schenectady Creation Care
  • Food and Water Watch
  • Foodscrapes360
  • Green Energy Times
  • Green Mountain Energy
  • Gutter Helmet
  • Healthy in a Hurry
  • Heart Smart Capital Region- Capital Regional Planning Commission
  • Honest Weight Food Co-op
  • Hudson River Renewables (Hudson River Solar)
  • Hudson Valley Community College, Office of Workforce Development
  • Jordan Energy and Food Enterprises
  • Merrill Lynch- Erin Santspree
  • Monolith Solar Associates
  • National Grid
  • New York Interfaith Power & Light
  • New York Solar Energy Society
  • New York State Solar Farm
  • New Yorkers for Clean Power
  • NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
  • NYS Department of Public Service
  • NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority)
  • OneEnergy/Zeroenergy Buildings, Inc.
  • PAUSE_ People of Albany United for Safe Energy
  • PlugPV
  • Prezzie Bags
  • Radix Ecological Sustainability Center
  • Renewal by Andersen
  • Rensselaer Environmental Coalition
  • Rensselaer Land Trust
  • S & K Clean Air Solutions
  • Save the Pine Bush
  • Seed Solar and Engineering
  • Sierra Club- Hudson Mohawk Group
  • Solar Liberty
  • Stop NY Fracked Gas Pipeline
  • Solar Liberty
  • Solara Ecoluxury Apartments
  • Solarize Albany
  • SunCommon
  • Superior Co-Cop HVAC
  • Sustainable Wealth Advisors
  • The Climate Reality Project: Capital Region, NY Chapter
  • Troy Poem Project
  • True Building Performance
  • University at Albany Green Scene
  • Vegan for the Animals Vegan for the Planet
  • Women Against War
  • Zero Waste Capital District
Speakers: 

What attendees can expect to see and do at the 2019 Fair:

  • The Capital District Electric Vehicles Drivers Club will show off and talk about (and maybe even give you a test ride in) their electric vehicles
  • Learn how to get a free NYSERDA energy audit
  • Get updates on solar installations on your home, community solar and buying your electricity through a renewable energy supplier
  • Discover why geothermal heating and cooling installations are becoming much more affordable.
  • Discuss green and zero energy building techniques
  • Get the news about replacement windows and air-source heat pumps and other energy efficient products
  • Learn how to invest your money in sustainable businesses
  • Explore bicycling and car share options in the Capital District
  • Learn how your town can become a “Climate Smart Community”
  • Educate yourself about Environmental Justice issues
  • Become a Lobbyist for a carbon tax
  • Talk about practices for healthy soil and composing
  • Learn why Community Choice Aggregation is so powerful
  • Discover more about recycling
  • Examine HVCC’s Clean Energy Management Program
  • Take home a free comprehensive Green Energy newspaper
  • Greet and meet the many local climate advocacy organizations
  • Learn more in depth information from speakers