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The Clean Air Action Network of Glens Falls

The Clean Air Action Network was formed in March 2019 to reduce air pollution in the greater Glens Falls Area and protect public health. CAAN’s mission is to achieve a healthier environment and a more socially just, sustainable economy through grassroots organizing, public education, thoughtful analysis and strategic action. We also work to implement Zero Waste principles and practices throughout Warren County.

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Both the cement plant and the paper mill are major employers as well as important manufacturing facilities. It is not CAAN’s aim to shut them down, but for them to significantly reduce the amount and toxicity of pollutants that they release into the air and other media. Members of CAAN’s Pollution Watchdog Group are currently gathering information on Lehigh and Finch and studying opportunities for sustainable production and pollution prevention. Wheelabrator does not serve nearly the same purpose as these other companies, and we are invested in shutting them down completely.

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Annual Membership Meeting - With talk by Jennie Romer [Can We Recycle This?]
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Annual Membership Meeting - With talk by Jennie Romer [Can We Recycle This?]

Jennie Romer discusses her work of more than a decade to get effective legislation for waste reduction and on single-use plastics. As a Legal Associate at the Surfrider Foundation’s Plastic Pollution Initiative, she leads policy and litigation efforts to reduce plastic pollution across the United States. Her expertise is in demand by legislators, environmental nonprofits, and businesses around the country. Her new book, Can I Recycle This, is a non-judgmental, easy-to-use, illustrated guide to better recycling and how to reduce single-use plastics. This book gives straightforward answers to whether dozens of common household objects can or cannot be recycled, as well as the information you need to figure out the answer for anything else you encounter. The Sierra Club enthusiastically recognizes Can I Recycle This? as a“must-read” book. Jennie has been profiled in The New Yorker and her work and expertise have been featured in National Geographic, The New York Times, Vice, Politico, and other outlets. CAAN first learned of her work when she was recently interviewed on WAMC in Albany, NY. For improving local air quality in the Glens Falls area, CAAN’s number one priority is shutting down Wheelabrator Hudson Falls. This 30-year-old trash incinerator is one of the dirtiest of the 71 trash incinerators in the U.S. Burning garbage is a waste of resources that results in harmful air pollution and generates toxic ash that must be landfilled. CAAN’s Zero Waste Initiative seeks to reduce the amount of waste we generate, and create better opportunities for diverting waste, such as ensuring that the recyclables that we separate will actually be recycled and that our food waste can be composted.
Creating New jobs and Enterprises Through Zero Waste
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Creating New jobs and Enterprises Through Zero Waste

A webinar with four of the country’s most respected leaders in the field of reuse and repair. The Zero Waste Committee of Warren County, NY (a project of the Clean Air Action Network (CAAN) of Glens Falls) sponsored this important Zero Waste Webinar focused on local economic growth through reuse and repair enterprises and programs. This webinar is of interest to economic development professionals and community planners, job training and development specialists, Zero Waste and recycling proponents, green entrepreneurs and investors, solid waste and recycling professionals, local elected officials, environmental advocates, and members of youth/student and civic associations. Neil Seldman, director of the Waste to Wealth Initiative at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, and a founding member of CAAN, moderates the session, which features leading repair and reuse entrepreneurs, researchers and activists: Elizabeth Knight is the co-author of The Repair Revolution: How Fixers are Transforming Our Throw Away Economy. Mark Foster is the founder and director of Second Chance, Baltimore’s thriving building deconstruction and resale social enterprise. Mary Lou van Deventer operates Urban Ore, Inc., the iconic materials recovery enterprise started at the Berkeley (CA) landfill, and is an environmental writer. Jacob Hannah is the coordinator of ReUse Corridor, a network of businesses, universities and local and state economic development agencies serving rural Appalachian communities in WV, OH and KY.

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