The City of Beacon Conservation Advisory Committee is charged with advising the Planning Board and the City Council on matters affecting the preservation, development and use of the natural and man-made features in the City.
The Committee advises on major environmental threats and maintains an inventory of natural resources and an index of all open spaces.
The Committee shall consist of nine members appointed for a two-year term.
Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30 pm at City Hall in the Lower Level Classroom, enter through the Building Department.
Brian DiFeo, Chair
All city residents can do their part to conserve water in Beacon. The CAC has compiled a list of 19 Water Conservation Tips for residents. Here are some of our favorites:
The CAC is in the process of creating an inventory of the city's natural resources, which will contribute to future land, planning, and zoning decisions. The NRI is being conducted under the guidance of the state's Department of Environmental Conservation and with technical assistance from the Cornell Cooperative Extension. Here's a recent article about our work in the Highlands Current.
The city of Beacon's CAC opposes the proposed Newburgh anchorages on the Hudson River for numerous environmental, safety, and economic reasons. You can read our letter to the US Coast Guard and the US Army Corps of Engineers here (.pdf).
The City of Beacon's CAC has reviewed the 2007 Comprehensive Plan and compiled a list of 16 topics that we would like to see addressed in the updated Comprehensive Plan to be approved in 2017. We want to ensure the protection of natural habitats, viewsheds, streams and forests, outdoor recreational areas, and other natural aspects of Beacon for the benefit of residents and visitors. We hope that the decisions the city makes moving forward on all topics, from zoning to infrastructure, are mutually beneficial to the needs of Beacon’s natural environment and human residents, and avoid any undue harm to Beacon’s natural beauty, resources, flora, and fauna. Read our recommendations here.
Beacon's Conservation Advisory Committee is tasked with spreading awareness and providing information to homeowners about the many benefits of Energize Beacon. It is a great opportunity for residents to lower their bills through energy efficiency and reduce pollution by consuming less energy. For more information and to signup, visit http://beacon.energizeny.org.