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Camp Venture Honored by RBA
Camp Venture was recognized as Rockland Countyâ€™s â€œgreenâ€ non-profit this year by the Rockland Business Association (RBA). In an award ceremony at the IBM Conference Center in Palisades, New York on March 25, the agency shared the honors with Rockland BOCES, Decorating With Fabric Inc, Instrumentation Laboratory Inc, and the Town of Orangetown.
Accepting the award for Camp Venture was the agencyâ€™s Chief Operating Officer and â€œgreen guruâ€ George Hoehmann who credited his inspiration to the people served by the agency.
The RBA Green Award comes only months after the agencyâ€™s recognition by the State Environmental Protection Agency.
Camp Ventureâ€™s Sydney Drive IRA residence was the first group home in New York State to have a solar array installed on its roof. That project has since been followed by solar projects at the Venture Inn ICF and the Zebrowski Center day program site. In addition to these alternative energy projects, Camp Venture has employed a number of other green practices at its residences and day programs to save money and also to engage our people in environmentally responsible citizenship.
â€œThese green initiatives were made possible, in part, by grants from NYSERTA and their assistance is gratefully acknowledged,â€ said Hoehmann.
Also present at the RBA event were Tom and Glen who were there represent the Sydney Drive residence. Under Tomâ€™s leadership, not only is the residence a â€œgreenâ€ facility, itâ€™s a green program. The Sydney house residents not only work at conserving energy and water, they are avid â€œcompostersâ€ and their vegetable garden is an important part of their daily life.
â€œWe grow our own vegetables and we save energy,â€ Mike, one of group explained with pride to an assembly of his peers recently. â€œIâ€™m a gardener!â€ he said.
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