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Wild Center unveils new eco-friendly heating system

Program Manager of Environmental Research at the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) Mark Watson said that there is a push in Albany to use the Adirondacks as a model for future development of an eco-neutral lifestyle.

"I notice that the mission statement for the Wild Center is to ignite an enduring passion for the Adirondacks, where people and nature can thrive together and set an example for the world" he said. "Well here in New York, in the Adirondacks, in Tupper Lake we are certainly setting an example for the world."

NYSERDA officials said that funding is in place for research strategies for sustainability infrastructure for municipalities, schools and non-profits. The next step is funding for implementation of the plans, but at present such money is not accessible.

The planning for the Wild Center was largely funded by $300,000 in NYSERDA grants.

But for Wild Center Executive Director Stephanie Ratcliffe, the program and what it represents for the future of the park is well worth the expense. She said that the museum will continue to push forward research that attempts to better the environment and the quality of life for Adirondack residents.

"A visitor sent us a note recently, thanking us for all the work we have done on climate change and he called us a lab of innovation," she said. "That was quite a compliment, we love the sound of that and that's exactly where the Wild Center wants to be." The museum is currently seeking funding for the implementation of the heating system.

The system will be independently monitored by researchers from Clarkson University to assess its effectiveness and applied efficiency.

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