Kaatscast: the Catskills Podcast

Sustainability Episodes

Feb. 14, 2023

The CAG Report: a Blueprint for Growing Catskills Crowds

If the Catskills seem busier lately, you're not imagining it. According to a new report, visits to the Catskills more than doubled between 2018 and 2021, when the region welcomed an estimated 12 million travelers––that's roug...

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Jan. 17, 2023

Billy's Make & Mend: Vintage Sewing Machines

There's a "herd" of sewing machines in the hundreds, in Delancey, NY, and they're in the loving and capable hands of one Billy Hancock, owner of Billy's Make & Mend , an outpost for sewing machine repair and maintenance, sewi...

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July 19, 2022

Protecting What You Love: with Author/Angler Stephen Sautner

Stephen Sautner is a lifelong fisherman, environmental activist, and the author of several books on those topics. And while his passion for fishing has taken him to the Falkland Islands, Cuba, the Zambezi River, and even ... ...

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July 5, 2022

No Kale, Just Flowers: Crespell's Flower CSA

Anne Hall's addiction to flower growing is a boon to Catskills designers, florists, restaurants, and individuals who want locally grown, chemical-free flowers in another league from generic supermarket fare. In February, we p...

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Dec. 21, 2021

Is This Recyclable?! "Wishcycling" at UCRRA

Recycling is a great way to reduce the (many) truckloads of trash bound for distant landfills, but "wishcycling," the practice of throwing questionable items into the blue bin and HOPING they'll be recycled, is problematic, t...

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Nov. 9, 2021

Firewood: Keeping It Local!

As daylight shortens and temperatures fall, many of us in the Catskills turn to our wood stoves to help keep warm. "Chop your own wood and it will warm you twice," the old adage goes. But if you don't chop …

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Oct. 12, 2021

Watershed Moments: NYC and the Catskills Past and Present

For more than a century, New York City has relied on the Catskills for its abundant supply of clean, soft drinking water. The Catskills' relationship with NYC has been a complicated one, including the staggering loss of entir...

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Sept. 14, 2021

Talking Bats with Kathy Nolan

This week... it's the only mammal capable of flight. And it can catch 1000 mosquitos in an hour! We're talking bats with Catskill Mountainkeeper’s Senior Research Director, Kathy Nolan, who joined me among the little brown ba...

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April 13, 2021

Woodstock NY Pollinator Pathway

Honey bees aren't the only species facing serious population declines. Wild bees, butterflies, moths, beetles, and other insects, plus birds, bats, and amphibians are losing natural habitat and being forced out by invasive sp...

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Feb. 16, 2021

Sustainable Catskills part 2

Join us for part two of our behind-the-scenes tour of "Sustainable Catskills," with stops at the nation's first "passive house" library, an eco-conscious resort on the banks of the Esopus, and an Arkville solar array that imp...

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Feb. 2, 2021

Sustainable Catskills part 1

Come along for a behind-the-scenes tour of "Sustainable Catskills," with a stop at the NYC Department of Environmental Protection, a walk on the Ashokan Rail Trail, and a swim at the Catskill Recreation Center! Thanks to Ulst...

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Jan. 19, 2021

Dean's Beans: Life-changing Coffee

This week, an insightful interview with Dean Cycon, founder of Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee Company . Hear how coffee is creating meaningful change through ethical business practices rooted in respect for the earth, the farmer...

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Sept. 15, 2020

Remote Work Post-Pandemic

John Lyons is a transportation professional, sustainability leader, solar entrepreneur, and business developer with a passion for addressing the climate crisis and creating a clean energy future. He's been incorporating remot...

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Sept. 1, 2020

Climate Change in the Hudson Valley with SHV's Dave Conover

Dave Conover is Program Coordinator at Sustainable Hudson Valley. He grew up in the Catskills and has spent much of his career working on environmental issues as an educator and program developer. Climate change is resulting...

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Aug. 18, 2020

Cynthia Nikitin on Public Spaces and Resiliency

“People, Places, Possibilities” – A Conversation with Cynthia Nikitin Sustainable Hudson Valley is working to accelerate progress against climate change through programs to scale up the clean energy marketplace and by helping...

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