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11/13 The Green Ride, NY

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The Green Ride, NY

The Ecoflag flew in New York as GSA New York was on hand for the Green Ride; a three-day, 260 mile fall foliage bicycle tour on October 6, 7, and 8, 2007 from New York City to the Catskill Mountains and back. The purpose of the ride was to raise funds in support of one of New York's most respected environmental science organizations; Black Rock Forest in Cornwall, New York.

The Black Rock Forest Consortium is a unique alliance of colleges and universities, public and independent K-12 schools, and leading scientific and cultural institutions that operates the nearly 4000-acre Black Rock Forest, located 50 miles north of New York City in the Hudson Highlands, as a field station for scientific research, education, and conservation. The Forest features dramatic topography rising over 1400 feet above the river, numerous lakes and streams, and high habitat and species diversity.

Activities include faculty and doctoral research, staff and teacher training, undergraduate education and research, and school programs at all levels. The Consortium also emphasizes ecological management, greenEand smartEconstruction, and environmental monitoring. In addition to fieldwork in the Forest, researchers and students can stay in the 60-bed Forest Lodge, a marvel of environmentally responsible construction, and use state-of-the-art lab equipment in the adjacent Science and Education Center. For the two nights of The Green Ride, the riders used the lodge as their home base. It is a green bunkhouse featuring photovoltaic power, geothermal heating, solar orientation lighting and passive heat, and state-of-the-art composting toilets.

New York team captain, Kevin Trotta introduced the ecoflag and GSA New York to this Green Riding group of environmental scientists, educators and advocates during the event. On the final evening he presented a donation to Dr. William Schuster, Black Rock's Executive Director, in the sum of USD 1300 that had been raised by GSA-NY. In total, The Green Ride raised USD 60,000 for The Black Rock Forest Consortium.

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