Net Zero Cities (virtual)

How Do We Make the Electric City of the Future?

How do we bring a city’s carbon footprint down to zero? What actions need to be taken to transition an entire city’s built environment to be fully electric? What technology is involved? How does transitioning from gas to electric even work? And how can we make sure we don’t leave low income populations behind during this transition?

Moderator: James Lawler, Climate Now and Reif Larsen, Future of Small Cities Institute, FOCUS Lab
– Dr. Luis Aguirre-Torres, City of Ithaca
– Sue Dougherty, NYSERDA
– Cullen Kasunic, BlocPower
– Joanne Coons, Hudson Valley Community College

Sidewalk Talk: Creative Placemaking

Arts and culture are an important component of a thriving main street. One method for supporting and celebrating the arts is through local events and festivals. Join Pattern for Progress for a discussion with the organizers of O+, a longstanding festival in the City of Kingston, and the Phoenix Festival, a new event debuting this year in the Village of Nyack. Register here!
In this webinar you will learn from presenters with first-hand experience about establishing and running an event, creative ideas for celebrating the arts, and how to connect an event to the community where it takes place.
SpeakerS: Joe Concra, Organizer, O+ Festival and  Craig Smith, Organizer, The Phoenix Festival
O+ EMPOWERS COMMUNITIES TO TAKE CONTROL OF THEIR COLLECTIVE WELLBEING THROUGH THE EXCHANGE OF ART, MUSIC AND WELLNESS. O+ (pronounced O Positive) supports the health of underinsured artists and musicians through festivals at which they exchange art-making and performances for wellness services: the art of medicine for the medicine of art. O+ helps strengthen community wellbeing with Narcan and CPR trainings, expos of local health-and wellness-related nonprofits, cycling events, classes in the healing arts, mural tours and healthcare forums. 
Nyack joins the roster of world class arts events with the launch of The Phoenix Festival: Live Arts in Nyack — an annual celebration of classical theater, music, local culture and the creative spirit of community. For the inaugural year, the event will span five weekends in September and October 2022. All performances will be presented live and outdoors against a backdrop of majestic Hudson River vistas and Nyack’s lively, jazzy riverside village.
The Festival is hosted and produced by the Phoenix Theatre Ensemble, an internationally recognized leader in creative contemporary theater and winner of multiple prestigious awards for excellence in theater arts. Founded in New York City in 2004, the Ensemble makes Rockland County its second home.
Ensemble artistic directors Elise Stone and Craig Smith lead the Festival creative team, engaging local, county and New York State institutions, educational organizations, businesses and non-profits in support of this exciting event.
“The Festival offers joy to audiences of all ages, while at the same time bringing visitors to Rockland, new revenues for local businesses and workers, a spotlight for non-profits and educational opportunities for young people who want to get up-close and hands-on with live performance.” –Craig Smith, Executive Director

PK 4 Keeps Comprehensive Plan Public Meeting

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to the Charter and Codes of the City of Poughkeepsie, Administrative Code, Section 14.04, a Common Council Public Hearing will be held on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at 6:00pm and will be held in the Common Council Chambers, for the purpose of receiving comments on the on the draft, Comprehensive Plan PK4Keeps: A Comprehensive Plan for Poughkeepsie.

 If you are interesting in commenting during Public Participation, please email before 4:00 pm on Tuesday, June 21, 2022.

All are welcome to comment and provide feedback.

PK4Keeps Open House (in person)

Attend the third open house for PK4Keeps on March 24th and be part of the effort to create Poughkeepsie’s new comprehensive plan and zoning code. Learn about PK4Keeps, talk to project representatives, and contribute your voice to the development of community strategies. Register here!

Join us for the March Open House

The Challenge and Opportunity of Greening America’s Small Cities (virtual)

Join The Future of Small Cities for a webinar on The Challenge & Opportunity of Greening America’s Small Cities to learn about opportunities to decarbonize through “green investment,” electrification projects, district geothermal, energy storage, hyper-local urban food systems, community solar projects, and other innovative designs.


  • Dr. Catherine Tumber, author of Small, Gritty, and Green, will provide an overview on the national scale and discuss current trends.
  • Dr. Luis Aguirre-Torres, Ithaca, NY’s sustainability coordinator, will examine a funding model to decarbonize 4,000 buildings in the city.

City of Poughkeepsie Common Council Meeting (virtual)

5:45 – Public Hearing Continued: for the purpose of receiving comments on the proposed introductory Local Law, entitled “Local Law Amending Section 18 1/2 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Poughkeepsie, New York”; Local Waterfront Redevelopment Program. Register here!

6:30 – Common Council Meeting – Register here!

  • Approval of new members to new boards
  • Ordinance amending §13-269 of Chapter 13 of the City of Poughkeepsie Code
    of Ordinances Entitled “Motor Vehicles and Traffic”, establishing a Handicapped parking
  • Resolution accepting a donation from the Dyson Foundation to the City of Poughkeepsie to be used to upgrade, improve and maintain the condition of various City of Poughkeepsie parks
  • Local Law to Establish a Sustainable Energy Loan Program (Open C-PACE)
    in the City of Poughkeepsie
  • View the full agenda here