Cool Farms/Healthy Park Micro-Grants
Cool Farms/Healthy Park Program
Deciding how to make a meaningful difference to fight climate change can be overwhelming. The Adirondack Council can help you. Through our Cool Farms/Healthy Park Grants program, you can reduce global carbon emissions, help to sustain Adirondack farms with grants and limit the local and global impacts of climate change.
Cool Farms/Healthy Park Grants
Farms are a vital component of the diverse landscape that makes the Adirondacks biologically rich, resilient and beautiful. A healthy, sustainable Adirondack Park depends on local farms to provide healthy, sustainably grown food. Adirondack farmers earn their livings by being stewards of their lands as well as productive participants in the local economy. Farmers are small business owners who sometimes need help to be economically and environmentally sustainable. Cool Farms/Healthy Park carbon reduction certificates provide money for micro-grants to sustain local farms and funds to retire climate change causing pollution.
Cool Farms/Healthy Park micro-grants are awarded for energy conservation, carbon emissions reduction, engagement of the next generation of farmers, and environmentally healthy sustainable farming efforts. Projects enhance the economic, human and environmental sustainability and resiliency of Adirondack farms.
For each $25 Cool Farms/ Healthy Park Carbon Reduction Certificate purchased by donors, the Adirondack Council will obtain and retire one carbon allowance from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).
Each RGGI allowance represents government authorization to emit one ton of carbon pollution. Only a limited number are issued each year and each year the number is reduced until the region’s carbon-reduction goals are met. Every allowance that is retired instead of being used equals an additional one-ton reduction in the regional pollution cap.
The proceeds of these certificate sales are used two ways: to buy more allowances and to help replenish the Cool Farms/Healthy Park farmland micro-grants fund.
Donors receive a certificate explaining how the donation is helping to protect public health, clean water, wildlife, and ecologically sensitive places like the Adirondack Park. Donors have the option of receiving a certificate suitable for framing, made out to whomever they wish, recognizing support for cool farms, healthy park, climate smart farming, and carbon reduction.
Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative - Carbon Reduction Program
New York is a founding member of the nine-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), the first government-mandated carbon dioxide emissions reduction program in the United States.
The program requires all commercial power plants from Maine to Maryland (excluding NJ) to purchase and submit one carbon “allowance” for each ton of carbon dioxide they release into the atmosphere. Only a limited number are offered for sale each year.
Each year the number offered is reduced until the goal is reached. New York has committed to reduce its carbon emissions 95 percent below 1990 levels by 2050 – the most aggressive schedule set by any state. RGGI will help to get us there. The Adirondack Council’s Cool Farms/Healthy Park program can get us there even faster.
The Adirondack Council was the nation’s first environmental organization to purchase RGGI carbon allowances. We have purchased thousands of allowances to retire – withholding them from power plants forever. Because we won’t resell them, every allowance we buy and retire means one less ton of carbon in the air. In short, the regional emissions cap is reduced by another ton for every allowance we have purchased and retired.