Building a new and better Adirondack economy

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How much annual electric or oil-based energy could we cut in the Adirondacks by 2013 by adding renewables and reducing waste?:

Energy = Economy

We can build our economy by changing the way we use and make energy

The United States could use a good home-grown example of how we can get ahead of the energy issue and build a strong economy in the process. We think it is time we could look close to home to find that example, and that the Adirondacks are the right place to make this model.

Modeling new ideas:
The Wild Center is testing new ideas that can make new energy without imported fuel. You can see the energy output of this solar array in real time.

People here have worked to try to find a way to allow nature and people to coexist. We have not invented the perfect solution in the Adirondacks, but we have major pieces of the puzzle in place. If we can show that 103 towns and villages can break the grip of energy dependence and build our local economies side-by- side with a rich and diverse natural world we could set an example.

The Adirondacks aren't just anywhere. We are twenty percent of one big state. People from all 50 states and all over the world come to visit us. If we do something big, the rest of the world will notice. We have a legacy of independent thinking, and a legacy as the very first place on Earth where sportsmen and conservationists and scientists and regular citizens changed the rules to help a place keep its wild character.

Just as America has a great opportunity to use its creative energy to break the grip of carbon on our economies, inventive Americans in the Adirondacks can show how people can have valuable jobs, clean water and pure air too.

ADKCAP is a community of inventive Adirondackers working to make this region a place where people and nature can thrive together.