Cool Farms/Healthy Park Program

Cool Farms/Healthy Park Micro-Grants

Adirondack Farm Land – Small Business Climate Smart Initiative

Climate change stands to greatly affect the Adirondacks by the end of the century. More needs to be done. In recognition of this reality, and to help the Adirondack Park remain a safe haven for sensitive plants and animals while ensuring communities continue to have clean air, pure water, and healthy soils, the Council is helping to support the growth of a low-carbon economy. Local farmers and small businesses are on the front lines of the battle against climate change while working hard to be economically and environmentally sustainable and resilient. Supporting the growth of a low-carbon economy in the Adirondack Park starts by supporting those farmers and small businesses who contribute to and enrich communities.

See a full list of past Cool Farms/Healthy Park microgrant recipients here. 

Funding from Adirondack Council Members, Klipper Fund, Spindrift Family Foundation and Additional Sponsors

In addition to grants from the Klipper Fund, the Spindrift Family Foundation and a grant from International Paper, the Council supports the micro-grants program through the sale of Carbon Reduction Certificates and Carbon-Zero certificates. The purchase of a $25 “Cool Farms/ Healthy Park Carbon Reduction Certificate" allows donors to fund future micro-grants and help efforts to meet lower carbon pollution standards. For every $25 donated, the Adirondack Council will multiply the positive impact of the micro-grants and permanently and legally retire one carbon emission allowance from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. Every allowance retired is a ton of pollution that power plants will never be allowed to emit. The proceeds of these certificate sales will help replenish the micro-grants fund and support the continued purchase and retirement of pollution allowances while supporting local Adirondack farming and small businesses.

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.

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