12/18/2022
 
The December issue for ESRAG follows.  Each month ESRAG continues to grow and get organized on environmental sustainability.  The ESRAG strategy is holistic and broadly addresses protecting our natural assets, bio-diversity and the climate challenge.  The staff is very approachable.  We have worked with almost everyone associated with this issue.  
 
The ad for the Lithium-Ion recycling project in the newsletter was developed by ESRAG for our event in Endwell New York.  Members of Endicott and Endwell staffed the event.  We will do another event in the spring and hope other locations will join in.  We can help you get started with contacts from ESRAG and Redwood Materials.  This year we will be polling businesses and municipalities that may have product to recycle.  The local Sierra Club started a new project to pick up, reuse and recycle materials from students that are leaving at the end of the school year.  Typically this material is left at the curb for the landfill.  This year the Sierra Club is exploring the potential for collecting lithium-ion batteries and devices from the students that could feed our recycling event.  Many businesses will state they have a service provider for these materials.  In most cases these providers are not recycling the batteries in a manner that produces critical materials needed for manufacturing of Lithium-Ion batteries.
 
Now ESRAG offers free curriculum for teachers on environmental sustainability for ages 8 through secondary education.  This is another opportunity to establish a closer relationship with our schools.  Many of these students will ultimately have jobs in the many careers developing in environmental sustainability.  We are moving toward a period where the relationships between community, education and employers is more seamless.  A great project in this regard is the Route 12 STEAM Eco-System.  Rotary needs to be a part of these seamless relationships.  
 
There is a link to a flight carbon estimator.  Themes have been developed for each month and at the end is a graphic of best practices.  I have been wondering how to do this and now I just have to copy it.  There is also a simple link to submit articles to ESRAG for their various media outlets.  You too can be published internationally.  
 
The network of organizations, companies, service organizations and volunteers in our 7-county district involved in environmental sustainability measures in the thousands.  We have not mapped all of these contacts out, but we are getting closer.  The annual Broome County river bank clean up brought 200 volunteers together including 5 Rotary clubs.  We are moving forward in a way that maintains an eye on the economy.  We do not just want to improve the Susquehanna River, we want to develop a nationally ranked water trail and improve tourism.  We do not just want to reduce emissions, we want to manufacturer some of the products that are required.  We want our colleges and Universities doing the research that is necessary to hit net zero and reduce unit costs.  We want to continue to improve our eco-system for environmental and clean energy entrepreneurs.  We want to train disadvantaged populations for careers in clean energy and raise average family income.  We need best in class eco-systems for STEAM.  We want to create "Magnate Communities" that can attract and retain the resources we require.  We want to move forward with a sense of urgency and excitement.  
ESRAG helps us to accelerate our efforts, reduce costs and development time.  They provide an international platform that allows identification and dissemination of best practices.  
 
Click here for the current volume of the December ERSAG Newsletter: http:// https://imembersdb.com/Ezbulletin2/preview2.cfm?ezBulletinID=119
 
Happy Holidays!
Jeff Smith, PDG
Endwell Rotary Club