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Camp Venture Honored by RBA

Camp Venture Honored by RBA

Camp Venture was recognized as Rockland County’s “green” 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 agency’s Chief Operating Officer and “green guru” George Hoehmann who credited his inspiration to the people served by the agency.

The RBA Green Award comes only months after the agency’s recognition by the State Environmental Protection Agency.

Camp Venture’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.

“These green initiatives were made possible, in part, by grants from NYSERTA and their assistance is gratefully acknowledged,” said Hoehmann.

Also present at the RBA event were Tom and Glen who were there represent the Sydney Drive residence. Under Tom’s leadership, not only is the residence a “green” facility, it’s a green program. The Sydney house residents not only work at conserving energy and water, they are avid “composters” and their vegetable garden is an important part of their daily life.

“We grow our own vegetables and we save energy,” Mike, one of group explained with pride to an assembly of his peers recently.  “I’m a gardener!” he said.


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