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.
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: http://www.ewaste.com/partners.php 4) and the DEC maintains a list of waste recyclers. Go to: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/9085.html. 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 Learning and Environmental Education…
Teatown Lake Reservation – Devoted to conserving biodiversity, teaching ecology and promoting nature-friendly living.
Green Science Library @ How Stuff Works (Discovery)
Cool green tips and projects for kids… http://www.scholastic.com/actgreen/
Local & Government & Municipal…
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 & https://www.facebook.com/ossiningdocumentaries
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
A Riverfront Day of Free Family Events and Live Music Honoring Our Planet and Commemorating the Legacy of Pete Seeger
Download forms for the 2014 Festival:
Vendor Registration Form | Sponsorship Form
At the 5th Annual Earth Day event, we will pay special tribute to Pete Seeger by dedicating the day to his memory, tying his teachings to the celebrations throughout the day. Aside from community and environmental organizations, we will have artisans, food, demos and great music- get ready for a wonderful day at the Ossining waterfront, enjoying the Hudson River that Pete loved so very much.
Also, in the spirit of conservation and practicing what we preach, we are aiming to make this year’s Earth Day a “Zero-Waste” event! Details are provided on the vendor form.
Please encourage anyone who want to help us organize and “pull off” this celebration to come to meetings, email us with concepts and ideas and tell us how they want to help on April 19th.
Looking for a fun and educational family day out that can also help you live a more sustainable life? Come out with your family and friends to Ossining’s Earth Day event at the beautiful Louis B. Engel Waterfront Park on April 19 from 11am -4pm.
Performers and Activities:
10:45-11AM – Yoga (off stage)
11:00AM Opening Ceremony
11:15-11:45AM Blake Rowe
12:30-1:15PM Jilly Puppets
2-2:30PM Children’s Sing Along with Riskos and Anna Canoni
2:30-3PM Drum Circle
3-3:45PM Elisa & Jon
3:45-4PM Community Jam