Carbon-Neutral Woodstock

On March 13, 2007, the Town of Woodstock unanimously passed an environmental referendum:

“The Woodstock Town Board commits to a ‘Zero-Carbon’ Initiative, leading the Woodstock community by example and by implementing policies resulting in no net emission of carbon dioxide and other greenhouses by the end of 2017.”

The Initiative named Woodstock’s town government as a key stakeholder in the comprehensive community carbon-neutrality effort, which includes institutions, businesses, civic organizations, and individual families and residents. The goal was to make the mid-Hudson region a carbon-neutral zone within ten years (by 2017).

An Eco Raffle was held in conjunction with the Roots of Woodstock Live Concert on August 15 at the Bearsville Theater. This 40th anniversary Woodstock festival celebration was a fund-raiser for Woodstock’s “Zero-Carbon” Initiative. Weston and Julia Blelock, the concert promoters, raised money in support of Woodstock’s efforts to achieve a neutral carbon footprint by 2017.

A dozen local merchants contributed fourteen fabulous eco prizes to the raffle, ranging from a gift certificate for organic meals at Oriole9 to a spa treatment at River Rock Health Spa to three wind-powered chimes from Woodstock Chimes®. More than fifty Woodstockers stepped up to purchase the five-dollar Eco Raffle tickets at the Library Fair on July 25. The Blelocks continued selling the tickets in front of The Golden Notebook on Saturday, August 1 and Saturday August 8, from 1 to 4 p.m. Raffle tickets were also available at the Bearsville Theater on August 15, beginning at 7 p.m. The raffle drawing took place at the theater later that evening.  The Roots of Woodstock concert featured Sound-Out musicians such as the Blues Magoos and Ellen McIlwaine. Other acts included Hubert Sumlin and Marc Black. The soundstage was powered by the Clearwater Solar Trailer, and Larry Brown of Sun Mountain Solar acted as the on-site solar technician.

Proceeds from the raffle were used to purchase two bright red bicycle-shaped Dero bike racks for the town of Woodstock. The Blelocks consulted with the Woodstock Environmental Commission regarding the best use of the funds. The racks were installed in April 2010, just in time to help the town celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22. The racks are located in front of the Woodstock Chamber booth at 10 Rock City Road, and at H. Houst & Son (one of the Eco Raffle sponsors), 4 Mill Hill Road.