Category: Resources

What are you doing with all of your LEAVES? How about "Love ‘Em and Leave ‘Em"??

Do you really need to bag or curb your leaves?

Sure — the sight of fallen leaves can be unsightly to some…but what if you mulched your leaves instead?    A Westchester County initiative that has been adopted by a number of municipalities is gaining some traction.  Turns out — mulched leaves do provide value to lawns and have a huge economic benefit to municipalities who no longer are burdened with organic yard waste pick-ups and disposal…as well as reducing our overall carbon footprint.LELE leaf recycle logo 002

Here are resources for HOMEOWNERS :

And here for LANDSCAPERS:


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Thinking About Solar for Your Home or Business? Two Events: 3/5 for Biz and 3/15 for Home

Thinking about solar energy for your home or business? Don’t miss the program’s first community meeting for commercial/businesses – THURSDAY, MARCH 5th , and its second community meeting focused on residential– SUNDAY, MARCH 15th – to learn about the opportunities, cost efficiencies, and attractive offers available only through this Green Ossining-supported program.  The commercial/business meeting is at Maya Rivera (7-9p on 3/3), and the residential meeting will be held at the Briarcliff Manor Public Library (2-330p on 3/15).  Join us.

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REMINDER: New E-Waste Site Law in Effect Beginning Jan1, 2015

Assemblywoman Sandy Galef Reminds us about the E-waste Law   Computers, TVs, printers, phones and more are often made with heavy metals and toxic chemicals that harm our environment and public health (particularly when incinerated or dumped in landfills).  After the New Year, the final leg of New York’s 2010 electronics recycling law takes effect, making it illegal for consumers to throw away so-called “e-waste” in the garbage. Violators will be charged a $100 fine for each infraction.  The law prevents heavy metals, acids and other hazardous materials from ending up in soil and drinking water.

There are a variety of easy ways to dispose of e-waste: 1) the retailer from which you purchased the product may accept it for recycling 2) local municipalities often schedule e-waste recycling days 3) the E-Waste Alliance Network allows you to search by county for recycling facilities.  Go to:  4) and the DEC maintains a list of waste recyclers.  Go to:      HOWEVER, this year’s 5th Annual Earth Day Festival (Sat. April 18th) at Louis Engel Waterfront Park will continue the tradition of offering an E-Waste  Collection site.  Maybe some pre-pre Spring clean-out this winter?


Green Web

Green Learning and Environmental Education…

Teatown Lake Reservation – Devoted to conserving biodiversity, teaching ecology and promoting nature-friendly living.

Earth Day Network – protecting the Earth and its People every day

Eco-Footprint – online carbon footprint calculator

Green Science Library @ How Stuff Works (Discovery)

Cool green tips and projects for kids…

Local & Government & Municipal…

Westchester Freeshare

TONIGHT! August 14th @630p.Join Ossining Documentary & Discussion Series for the screening of GARBAGE WARRIOR

garbage warrior film poster A home with no utility bills?   US architect, Michael Reynolds, has been making this a reality for 35 years in transforming “garbage” into eco-friendly homes you know as “EARTHSHIPS”, with energy use at net zero. Our Panel this month includes:

* A home being built on the shores of the Hudson in Cold Spring anticipated to run about $320 year in costs related to space conditioning?  Come meet Architect James Hartford of River Architects to learn about Passive House design.

* A home that’s a dome?  Made by a teacher, with his kids up in Tuxedo, now serving as demonstration project in sustainable design & learning. Brian Cullen is thrilled to share his experience.

* Bringing it all home?  Leading figure with Energize NY, Tom Bregman, is eager to help every homeowner realize what they can do to turn the energy use in their home around. For more info:  http://OssiningDocumentaries.Org &


2014 Native Plant Sale at WCC, Sat 4/26, 10a-1p

When: Saturday, April 26, 2014, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. (Members can enter at 9:30 a.m.) Where: Westchester Community College Park in Visitor Lot #1 Thousands of beautiful, beneficial native plants await your choosing at our annual sale. This year we will celebrate the birthday of wildlife artist John James Audubon (1785–1851) with a selection of shrubs and perennials especially attractive to birds, bringing community-wide attention to the role gardens can play as habitat. We’re teaming with local Audubon chapters to offer other bird-themed activities as well. The day kicks off at 8:15 a.m. with a guided bird walk on campus led by Bedford Audubon’s naturalist (bring your binoculars!). Other bird-themed activities include information about local birds, the sale of garden accessories such as bird baths, houses, and feeders by the Wild Bird Center, and other celebratory treats. So come wish a “Happy Bird-day” to Audubon and plant a native species in his honor. Admission is free. Members of The Native Plant Center can enter at 9:30 a.m. If you’d like to volunteer at the sale or during set-up week, please e-mail us at