Committees

Advocacy

The Advocacy Committee is non-partisan and supports legislative efforts, particularly at the State level, to make our planet sustainable and reduce the burning of fossil fuels. Members lobby and write letters on behalf of the environment. Read our Letter to the Editor about tire-burning in Coeymans. Advocacy Opportunities are on our Events page. Act Now and sign an on-line letter from Faith Leaders and other petitions (Take Action)!

For more information contact Barbara DiTommaso (barbaraditommaso58@gmail.com ).

Sacred People Sacred Earch March for Climate

On March 11, 2021, about 450 actions for the earth, around the world, participated in the Sacred People Sacred Earth event. In the Albany area, close to 50 people joined the faith walk to the Capitol to support NY Renews's campaign to advance the Climate and Community Investment Act (CCIA), which was organized by Ken Scott. CRICCC members Rev. Dustin Wright and Rev. Dan Carlson organized a prayer vigil later that day on the Mohawk River for the Schenectady area people of faith, also in support of the CCIA. Rev. Peter Cook, Executive Director of NYS Council of Churches spoke at both actions.

CRICCC members at the NYRenews rally to support the Climate and Community Investment Act on November 13, 2021.

Our friends from the Buddish Action Coalition at the NYRenews CCIA rally on November 13, 2021.

Members at Cop26 rally on November 6, 2021

Reverend Peter Cook of NYS Council of Churches

CRICCC participants in the Divest NY Teachers Rally with NY Youth Climate Leaders on 6/6/21.

Lobbying for the environment at the NYS Capitol

CRICCC members at the Earth Day rally on April 22, 2021 in front of Rep. Paul Tonko's office in Albany.

CRICCC members attend Pass the CCIA rally in Albany on May 18, 2021

CRICCC member, Sister Linda Neil (right) protesting proposed development bordering the Pine Bush at Guilderland Town Hall on August 26, 2020. Pyramid (Crossgates) wants to build apartment complexes, office spaces, and a Costco Warehouse. Read about it and take action HERE.

The Reverends Peter Cook, Executive Director of the NYS Council of Churches, and Ken Scott, Capital Region Organizer for Green Faith and CRICCC member, spoke at the CCPA Press Conference on 6/17/19 at the State Capitol. They hand-delivered a letter to the Governor from 185 faith leaders in support of CCPA.

Youth and climate strike organizers throughout the world partnered with 350.org in a Call to Action for the week of September 20. Many CRICCC members participated in the march and rally that took place in Albany on 9/20/19.

Renewable Energy

This committee has been working on helping spread information on Community Solar Electricity. They’ve vetted two companies and made a presentation on Community Solar to one faith community. They also have been involved in discussion with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany - resulting in the Diocese opting to begin to use Community Solar. (Note: there’s more information on Community Solar below under the Communications and Education Committee).

For more information contact Jack Haagerty (jhagerty@nycap.rr.com).

Toward Zero Waste

Join our "Resolutions to Reduce Plastic," and read about it HERE.

Just in Time! Read tips on How to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle over the Holidays, Flyer or watch this short Youtube video.

Follow this Link to find where to recycle almost ANYTHING in the Rensselaer County area!

Read all the dos and don'ts of recycling in the Capital District written by Steve Davis of the Hudson-Mohawk Group of the Sierra Club entitled Aspirational Recycling.

Public events create a lot of waste: Here’s our checklist for Eco-Friendly Event Planning from the Creation Care Team of St Thomas the Apostle Church in Delmar, and a planning guide from Zero Waste Capital District.

Biosoil Farm recycles lots of stuff to make Premium Plant & Soil Systems that will increase crop quality and quantity.

Read a very informative article from the Sierra Club Magazines's 6/26/19 issue, "The US Recycling System is Garbage."

Union College Hospitality is Now Composting Food! Read the Article.

For more information contact Sheree Cammer (sheree4614@gmail.com).

CRICCC joins Riverkeeper in cleaning up the Hudson River.

On October 17/18, 2020, volunteers from CRICCC, Riverkeeper and the local community joined in River Sweep, a yearly event organized by Riverkeeper to clean up the Hudson River. Riverkeeper reported that 868 volunteers collected over 27,000 pounds of trash from the River’s shores at 65 Sweep projects from New York City to Watervliet! Barry Pendergrass and Barbara Leonard of our Toward Zero Waste Committee organized the cleanup at Hudson Shores Park in Watervliet at which 39 volunteers collected over 1100 pounds of trash (which included 5 tires, a camp chair, lots of metal pieces, quite a bit of plastic, a comforter, many pieces of clothing, fishing line, ropes, pottery shards and 5 bags of glass). This project fits nicely with CRICCC's mission to work in solidarity to mitigate the climate emergency and to preserve and restore natural resources and biodiversity for present and future generations. Read the published TU news story.

Communications and Education

Because of the pandemic, the Committee has held its programs as part of CRICCC’s regular every other month Zoom meeting.

Our committee member, Larry Deyss, has written a book review for The New Climate War- The Fight to Take Back Our Planet, by Michael E. Mann. Read the review HERE.

Beginning in fall we hosted a presentation on Project Drawdown – 100 ways to reverse Global Warming.

Additionally, we’re offered programs on the NYS Heat Smart Program, Community Choice Aggregation, and Refrigeration Management.

At our May 17th meeting, we hosted Rabbi Glenn Jacob of Interfaith Power and Light to speak on State and Federal government.

For more information contact Barb Spink (bcs0424@gmail.com).