Best of the Hudson Valley 2008


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Going Green

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Way to Have Fun Going Green

Hudson Valley Green Drinks
You’ve participated in environmentally charged rallies and convinced all of your neighbors to recycle their newspapers. Now you’re looking for a more “recreational” way to express your environmental ideals. Your best bet: Attend one of Hudson Valley Green Drinks’ monthly events, where you can share a glass with some like-minded friends — and exchange ideas and spread the word on what you’re doing. The Hudson Valley chapter of Green Drinks — which is an international, self-organizing networking group — was launched this April. Be sure to check out upcoming gatherings scheduled for October 14 at Aroma Thyme Bistro in Ellenville, and November 11 at Steel House Restaurant & Bar in Kingston.

Green Restaurant

Red Devon
Forget “reduce, reuse, recycle.” The owners of this Bangall establishment are taking the effort to go green to an entirely new level. Aside from being completely committed to serving up fresh, local, organic food (think grass-fed beef), Red Devon has also constructed their eatery using the most cutting-edge, eco-conscious standards. From the rooftop solar hot-water system to the variable volume kitchen exhaust to the spoons crafted from potato starch, this is the green go-to for getting fantastically fresh food — in an environment that is serious about progressive environmental and agricultural change.

Example of Kids Going Green

Newburgh Free Academy’s Solar Car
These high schoolers can teach the rest of us a thing or two about environmental responsibility. Since its inception 14 years ago, the Newburgh Free Academy’s Solar Racing Team has created seven solar cars, three solar bikes, and two electric vehicles. Now their prized solar car has been selected as one of two solar-powered vehicles to appear on the Discovery Channel’s soon-to-be-launched Planet Green Network. In the new series, Battleground Earth, rapper/actor Ludacris and musician Tommy Lee use the automobiles to compete in a cross-country journey to save the earth.

Recycled bike parts for bottle openers from Hip E Living BoutiqueNow there's a better way to open bottles using your old bike (and we don't mean running over them)

Green Boutique

Hip E Living
Former Manhattanites Joanna Black and Matt Garrison left the city for the mellow life in Woodstock and launched Hip E Living in 2007. Dedicated to the environmental movement, they created the store — the “E” in the name stands for “eco” — to offer hip, yet high-quality eco-friendly products. The store itself is constructed largely of sustainable or recycled materials, and they sell well-designed products — some one-of-a-kind, ranging from recycled glass dinner plates to natural-fiber clothing and organic chocolates. Hip E Living also stocks a selection of natural laundry detergents and skin products. And did you ever see a bottle opener made from a recycled bike chain? How about a solar backpack that provides up to four watts of solar power to charge handheld electronic gear? Hip E Living has ’em.


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