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Sustainable Putnam Inc

We can do this!

Mahopac Falls, NY   |  https://sustainableputnam.org

Mission

Our mission is to develop sustainable communities in Putnam County, NY — ecologically sound, socially equitable, and economically responsible — today and for future generations. Through partnerships with other organizations, businesses, and local governments, Sustainable Putnam works to improve our ecosystems’ health, strengthen community bonds, and build a more vibrant local economy.

Notes from the nonprofit

Sustainable Putnam works actively to evaluate and improve its engagement with residents, municipalities, businesses, and other nonprofits in Putnam County. We do this, in part, by seeking feedback, both formal and informal, from our clients, partners, volunteers, donors, and other supporters. We understand that we will only be as successful to the extent that we are a trustworthy and valuable force in developing more sustainable and resilient Putnam communities.

Ruling year info

2021

Executive Director

Mr. Joseph Montuori

President

Mr. Roberto Muller

Main address

PO Box 412

Mahopac Falls, NY 10542 USA

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EIN

84-5125423

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The impacts of climate change have already cost our communities with power outages, drought, flooding, and the reconstruction of our roads and bridges, and private property damage. With the burning of fossil fuels, decades of worsening impacts are already locked in. And yet, our economy and our entire way of life are built upon the burning of fossil fuels. We believe that combatting this crisis requires two major technical challenges: a shift from fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy sources, and a simultaneous drive toward much greater levels of efficiency. We already have the technology to make that a reality. To avoid the worst impacts of climate change, we need to do this for all of our residents, as quickly as possible.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Community Solar

Our Community Solar program assists our residents in accessing, and our municipal governments in promoting community solar. Solar electricity dramatically reduces the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change, and promotes good jobs within our region.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Work status and occupations

Our Seven Steps to Clean Energy program guides and assists residents, and business owners in Putnam County, NY with the transition to reduce their energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions. Tools include the Financial Incentives Guide, free Energy Consultations, a Planning Worksheet, and a Guide to going Solar.

Population(s) Served

A Repair Cafe is an event where anyone can bring a broken, but beloved item for a free repair by expert volunteers. Visitors are expected to stay, chat with the Repair Coach, and learn about maintaining and repairing their belonging with the help of an expert Repair Coach. The goal is to return items to their useful functioning state, and eliminate waste from landfills and incinerators.

Population(s) Served

Our Drop-Off Community Composting initiative is a campaign to eliminate food waste from our landfills and incinerators, and return it to the soil. Our initiative supports those who cannot compost at home, and also allows those who do to compost all their food waste, including meat scraps, fish, bones, dairy, and grains. Drop-off composting programs require the cooperation and facilitation of municipalities to establish a drop-off site where residents can deposit food scraps on a weekly basis. These food scraps are picked up by a commercial composter, who carts away for commercial composting. The finished, nutrient-rich compost is then sold to farms and garden centers.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of people on the organization's email list

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Sustainable Putnam was founded at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. In 2023, we increased the numbers on our email list to more than 800.

Number of groups/individuals benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Seven Steps to Clean Energy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

More specifically, this relates to our Clean Energy Consultations, one component of the Seven Steps to Clean Energy program.

Number of carbon emissions prevented (estimated by CO2 equivalent)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Community Solar

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Through Sustainable Putnams community solar program, carbon emissions have been reduced by 1,767,423 pounds annually.

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Sustainable Putnam seeks to educate and activate the county's municipal governments, business leaders, nonprofits and residents to develop more vibrant and sustainable communities. We do this work through our own programs and through partnerships in the municipal, business, and nonprofit sectors of Putnam County, NY.

We seek to increase the sustainability and resilience of our infrastructure, buildings, transportation, and food systems in the face of our changing climate. We especially strive to assist those who are least able to make this transition.

Sustainable Putnam educates and activates the county's municipal governments, business leaders, nonprofits and residents to develop more vibrant and sustainable communities. We do this through educational programs, providing appropriate resources and expertise, and through partnerships in every sector of our communities.

We strive to adhere to two guiding principles in all major choices. The first is the Haudenosanee principle of considering the seven generations that preceded and will follow us. The second is the triple bottom line of developing solutions that are ecologically sound, socially equitable, and economically responsible.

Sustainable Putnam believes that only an efficient, low budget, grassroots organization can be truly effective and sustainable at the community level. For this reason, we rely entirely on volunteers, small donations and grants to do this work. We believe this is a marathon, and we're in it for the long run in order to secure and transform our community.

Sustainable Putnam has a small core of dedicated, hard working leaders committed to its long term goals and methods. We have the skills and professional backgrounds required to administer and organize our volunteers for maximum impact. These include marketing, organizational development, and increasingly, residential building science and clean heating and cooling technologies, as well as Federal and New York State energy programs that have arisen in recent years.

Sustainable Putnam has synergized the work of our Climate Smart Community Task Forces by helping them to network and share resources. We have run successful Community Solar programs for two municipalities, and assisted another in acquiring earned points in the New York State Clean Energy Community program.

We have run dozens of workshops and webinars to educate residents about the most cost-effective steps to take in increasing home energy efficiency and transitioning to clean electric technologies. We provide free energy consultations, including lists of qualified contractors, work quotation reviews, and available financial incentives. Recently, we have also begun free repair events, to which residents can bring broken items to be repaired by volunteer experts at no cost.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Sustainable Putnam Inc

Board of directors
as of 05/16/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Joseph Montuori

Pete Elder

Elder Development Group

Janet Jemmott

Sarah Wilson

Judy Allen

Roberto Muller

Stacy Dumont

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/16/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

No data

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/16/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.