Month: August 2014

Eco Action in the Industrial Wasteland


Written by Holly Broderick


Brandon Ballengee creates transdiscoplinary artworks inspired from his ecological field and laboratory research. Since 1996, a central investigation focus has been the occurrence of developmental deformities and population declines among amphibians. He extends his work into local communities teaching mainly youth, …

August 8th – Our Water Ways Define our Sense of Place

*Today is the last day of uptown summer. After 20 amazing days, the ‘Youth Change Makers’ worked so hard getting down to the nitty gritty of environmental justice in our community. They have been raising environmental awareness by creating maps, painting trashcans, and making Hudson River pollution signs. The youth also learned how to …

August 7th – Swim at your own Risk

*During our last week of Uptown Summer 14, Brandon Ballengee returns to North Troy to participate with our community in more Hudson River Eco-Actions!

-What is Water Pollution: caffeine, hormones, organic chemicals, plant nutrients, sediment, carcinogenic variables, are all things that do not break down in …

August 6th – “Shed New Light” Lunch with the mayor

“You all have dreams and ideas. So don’t give up on them. It may not happen today but tomorrow it might. “ – Lou Rosamilia (Mayor of Troy)


*Danny works with the other teens to work on painting another garbage can. 

August 5th – "Without hard work, nothing grows but weeds."

*Today The Youth Change Makers break up into groups to tackle various jobs: 

-Danny spray painted the trashcan out front of Freedom Square vibrant colors to beautify the block and contribute to litter control. Tomorrow he will paint the trashcan out front of Missing-link. 

-The Youth change …

August 1st – Maps of the Community

* The ‘Youth Change Makers’ worked on their final drafts of their respective mapping projects today. The ‘Neighborhood Violence Map’ was organized with a key to indicate the different forms of violence: police, fights, shootings, and stabbings.

Brooklyn and some of the other teens noted that their favorite …

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