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Flash Paddle Details:

  • Bring your kayak, canoe or paddle board to the Skaneateles Village Boat Launch or the State Boat Launch on Saturday, September 9.  (Don’t forget your life jacket!)
  • Launch your paddle or oar powered boat into Skaneateles Lake before 9 am.
  • Explore the north end of the beautiful Skaneateles Lake.
  • Gather in front of the the swimming area at 10 am to show support for keeping Skaneateles Lake clean!
  • Visit the educational displays by community partners who work to educated the public on how we can keep our drinking and recreational water clean for ourselves and future generations.

Food&Film SustSKan Poster-2ReBike Flyer 2016

Third Annual RE-Bike!

Back by popular demand, Sustainable Skaneateles’ “Re-Bike” event will return for the third year to the Austin Park Pavilion on Saturday June 4, 2016, from 9 am to 1 pm. This family-oriented event will again feature person-to-person bicycle sales or swaps, and a Bike Rodeo for kids in grades 1 through 5.

“Our Re-Bike has become an annual event now,” says event organizer and cycling enthusiast Dave Middleton. “We hope to see many new families and individuals, as well as returning bicyclists. Everyone who shopped for new wheels– adults and kids alike– really appreciated the chance to try out the bikes by riding around inside the Arena.”

Anyone who has a bicycle they no longer use — whether adult or kid-size– is encouraged to bring that equipment to Austin Park Pavilion on the morning of the Re-bike, where they can offer it for sale or swap on whatever terms they choose. “Obviously, the more bikes people bring to sell or swap, the better the chances that other folks will find something they want or need,” says Middleton. Bike equipment and gently-used clothing are also welcome. There is no admission fee or other charge for participating in the Re-bike.

There will also be a Rules-of-the-Road Review and a Bike Rodeo for kids in grades 1-5 starting at 10 am. Children must have their own bikes and helmets to participate in the Rodeo. At the end of the event, any bikes that are no longer wanted may be donated to become part of the CNY Family Bike Giveaway at Christmastime.

Contact person(s): Dave Middleton       315- 604- 2137

From Our Farmers to Your Table

Sustainable Skaneateles and the Skaneateles Farmers Market invite you to meet the market farmers. Learn why local food sources are healthier and a more sustainable choice for your family and our planet. If you purchase food at our local farmer’s market you are supporting local farms, buying fresher fruits and veggies and connecting with the community. Our Market Vendors will be available to share with you their produce growing stories and what they “literally” bring to your table.

“From Our Farmers to Your Table” will take place on Tuesday, May 10th at 7 pm, at the Skaneateles High School Library,   This event is free and open to the public.  Those that attend will be entered into a Market Basket drawing.

The mission of Sustainable Skaneateles is to foster action, communication, education, and collaboration to achieve a sustainable community for current and future generations. Our theme for 2016 is “Sustainable Food”. In addition to our “From our Farmers to Your Table” event we are lining up additional activities during the growing season to promote sustainable food, including a “Food and Film” Series with the Auburn Public Theater (APT) and a Community Pot Luck Supper.









Free Solarize CNY Workshop

“Solarize CNY”, the Town of Skaneateles, and Sustainable Skaneateles invite the community to attend a Solarize CNY workshop to be held Wednesday, September 30 from 7 to 8:30 pm at the Skaneateles Fire Department, 77 West Genesee Street, Skaneateles. The workshop provides information on NYS incentives, which encourage adoption of clean, sustainable energy for homeowners, businesses, landlords, farms, and non-profits. This free community education workshop will help people familiarize themselves with the benefits of solar energy and the bulk purchasing discounts that are offered through the program.

Why attend a Solarize CNY Workshop?

Find out more about how solar systems work and how you can benefit from the assistance of the Solarize campaign. Learn about costs, financing, and the viability of solar for your home or business. Take advantage of the Solarize campaign’s pre-qualified installers, selected through a competitive process based on quality, service and equipment.

Solarize CNY representatives and partner installers will be available at the workshop to help answer any questions that you might have. Workshop attendees will also have the opportunity to enroll in a free-no-obligation site assessment to determine whether your site is suitable for Solar Power and how much you can save if you make the switch to solar.

How does the Solarize CNY campaign Work?

The Solarize campaign combines the purchasing power of our community to negotiate a reduced price for individual solar installations. This reduced price, when combined with state and federal tax credits and state incentives, makes solar power more affordable than ever!

The Solarize CNY Campaign is based on the success of last year’s Solarize Syracuse campaign — which more than doubled the number of solar installations in Syracuse and selected suburbs.

To find out more about the Solarize CNY program please visit:


Reduce, Re-use, Recycle, Re-BIKE!

On Saturday, May 30, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sustainable Skaneateles will hold a “Re-Bike” event at the Allyn Arena. Do you have an old bicycle that’s been gathering dust in the garage, a not-so-old bicycle that you’ve replaced with something better, or maybe a kid’s bike or two that have been outgrown? Add another “R” to your recycling efforts this summer by bringing those bikes to Allyn Arena on May 30, to sell or swap. Bike equipment and gently-used clothing are also welcome. There will be no charge to participate in this event.

For anyone who’s been thinking about getting a bike, the Re-Bike presents a convenient and fun way to do some bargain-hunting. This event will also be a great opportunity to upgrade your cycling equipment or learn more about the “care and feeding” of a two-wheeled machine, with demonstrations on bike repair, tire changing, bike sizing and adjustment, and more. For children in grades 1 through 5, there will be a Rules-of-the-Road Review and Bike Rodeo beginning at 11 a.m. (kids: you need a bike and helmet to participate in the Rodeo!).


Contact person(s): Dave Middleton       315- 604- 2137

Brian Hidy              315- 430- 5743


Sustainable Skaneateles suggested the town of Skaneateles create a “Re-Market” where people could sell items they no longer need.  The Town has picked-up on the idea and will be hosting the Re-Market the first Saturday of each month from May through October.  Listed below are Regina Lewis-Middleton’s (the genius behind the Re-Market idea):

” Top Ten List Of Reasons to Be Part of the RE:Market”

10. Cleaning out feels great! (especially when it’s over!)

9. It could put some extra cash in your pocket!

8. You could find some great stuff! (hopefully at a great price!)

7. You might run into a friend! (or you could go with one!)

6. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Repair, Repurpose…’s ‘Sustainable’ and the right thing to do!

5. It cuts down on the labor and time involved in having a garage sale, by doing it one car load at a time!

4. You won’t need to hang signs up! They advertise for you!

3. It could save you time by gathering a bunch of sellers all in one place!

2. It’ll be fun!

1. You can get your weekly ‘veggie fix’ at the same time! (the farmer’s market will be starting up again later in the season and will also be at the Allyn Arena parking lot)

 To find out more information on the Re-Market or to sign up for a Re-Market space contact Sue Murphy , at the Town of Skaneateles offices.












The City Dark and Earth Hour, March 29

The Skaneateles High School Environmental Club joins Sustainable Skaneateles and EarthWorks in hosting “The City Dark” before Earth Hour.

Award-winning documentary “The City Dark” will be playing on March 29 at 6:45 p.m. in the St. James Parish Hall immediately before the community celebrates Earth Hour in Thayer Park.

Attendance for both events is free and open to the public.

The documentary considers the health, environmental, and psychological effects of light pollution across the United States as filmmaker Ian Cheney tours the country in search of why humans need the stars at night.

The movie will promote Earth Hour, an international movement to turn off electric lights for a full 60 minutes on March 29 at 8:30 PM.


Middlebury College’s Solar Home

Middlebury College’s Solar Home

Join local Residents Ellie Krause and Thomas Jaagus for a Presentation on the Solar Decathlon  
 Saturday, January 4 at 5 PM, St. James Parish Hall, 96 E. Genesee Street, Skaneateles
 Every other year the US Department of Energy hosts a global competition, “The Solar Decathlon“, where students are challenged to design and build energy-efficient homes that are powered exclusively by the sun. Come learn about two competition homes from 2007 and 2013 from the students who built them.  The presentation will take place, Saturday, January 4 at 5 PM at St. James Parish Hall, 96 E Genesee Street, Skaneateles.  Ellie Krause is a senior at Middlebury College majoring in Architectural Studies and a 2010 graduate of Skaneateles High School. Thomas Jaagus graduated from Penn State University in 2008 as a civil engineer, with a focus in sustainable development and residential construction.  He is now a resident of Skaneateles and is attending New York Chiropractic College.  He continues to work in design and residential construction.
 Cookies and Cider will be served after the presentation.  This presentation is sponsored by Sustainable Skaneateles and EarthWorks.

1 Comment

  1. Hey Regina: The kick-off for the energy challenge is scheduled for Monday evening, April 8 at the Skaneateles HS Auditorium from 7-9 pm. Thanks for asking. Carol

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