Happy Holidays and
Best Wishes for the New Year!!
Introducing the New
FCWC Student Network Facebook Page!
FCWC is in the process of moving our office space! Therefore, phone contact
is currently unavailable. We hope to be up and running in a larger space
by mid-January - thank you for your patience at this time!
Email is operational, as we are working from home!!
High School & College Students, Teachers/Professors &
Please watch highlights video above!
(full video can be found on our YouTube Channel!)
Our Vision and Mission
FCWC, founded in 1965, envisions a county in which an environmental ethic defines and shapes all public and private decisions.
Our mission is to provide leadership that educates about environmental issues, advocates sound decision making, and unifies groups and individuals to protect and preserve Westchester's environment and address climate change.
Overview of Solar Siting Issues in Westchester
Thurs., Jan. 14, 2021
YouTube Link to recorded program on Picture Above
An Online Lunch & Learn Discussion presented in partnership by:
Saw Mill River Audubon (SMRA)
Federated Conservationists of Westchester County (FCWC)
Environmental Leaders Learning Alliance (ELLA)
Teatown Lake Reservation
Peter McCartt - Westchester County Director of Energy Conservation & Sustainability
Audrey Friedrichsen, Esq., LL.M.
Land Use and Environmental Advocacy Attorney
Scenic Hudson, Inc.
Gina Picinich, Mayor of Village/Town of Mt. Kisco
Overview of Village/Town Solar Installations
Leo Wiegman - Co-Founder & Co-Owner
Croton Energy Group Inc.
Your Questions Answered
Our motto is “Think Globally, Act Locally,” because we know the most effective change is from the grassroots – it comes from you.
2020 FCWC Green Seal and
Edith Read Awards Ceremony
Passing the Torch
FCWC Green Seal Award
FCWC Edith Read Award
Tuesday, December 1, 2020
7:00-8:30 PM on Zoom
FCWC HAS BEEN SELECTED AGAIN!!!
For the month of February 2021, Federated Conservationists of Westchester County will receive a $1 donation from each purchase of the $2.50 reusable Community Bag at the
Stop & Shop store located at 154 Westchester Avenue, White Plains NY!
In this uncertain time due to COVID-19, supporting non-profits has never been more important. Please do what you can to support us!!
If you shop at ANY Stop & Shop location, you can redeem the $1 for FCWC by using the "gift tag" on the bag, and redeeming it at this website:
Just click on the "Redeem Giving Tag" tab and follow instructions to scratch off the giving tag and type in the code.
A fantastic offer from Sustainable Westchester:
SAVE money on your energy bills,
with no solar installation, when you enroll in Community Solar!
FCWC will benefit with an automatic donation from Sustainable Westchester when you sign up to support locally generated, renewable energy!
Other events can be found on our calendar!
How Communities are Responding to COVID-19
As we together face the challenges of Covid-19, FCWC is collecting ideas for building community strength and resilience. Please share what's going on in your community as people seek to connect and support each other through this time. E-mail a brief description of your community's action and a photo we can share (if you have one) to email@example.com. Please use the subject line: "community action", and include a contact name, e-mail/phone --in case we have questions before sharing.
We will post your community's news on a special page on our website, as well as on FCWC's Facebook.
Here's our first inspiring post:
Teens and other volunteers in Larchmont and Mamaroneck are working with County Harvest to ensure that people in need do not go hungry during this difficult time. County Harvest is in need of support and volunteers! Check it out at: https://www.countyharvest.org/. To volunteer, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to hearing from you about the good things going on in your community!
Thank you all for your efforts to keep your communities---and Westchester---safe, healthy and connected!
FCWC Statement Regarding Current Events
The murder of George Floyd and the days of protest that have followed have made clear the racism and social injustice that exists in this country. We, as a nation, must change.
Non-profits have to be part of that change. Since its inception, Federated Conservationists of Westchester County has been bringing together voices from all over the County to protect our shared environment and natural resources. However, until last year, these voices were mainly white and middle class.
That started to change in 2019, when FCWC, in partnership with Pace University, organized a Conference on Environmental Justice in Westchester County. Presentations from four urban communities illustrated the inequalities that exists in this county, as well as the systemic connections between economic inequality and social and environmental injustice, particularly in our urban communities.
We at FCWC will continue our commitment to educate, advocate and bring together ALL voices throughout Westchester to address environmental issues. We will focus on the connection between environmental and social justice and especially on the environmental justice issues stemming from climate change in our County.
We also urge our County and State elected officials to examine current laws and conditions that may contribute to social and environmental injustice, and initiate legislative reforms that will address the systemic issues negatively impacting people of color in our County and in the State.
The Safer New York Act provides a starting framework for statewide reform of policing that deserves careful consideration.
We've always worked hard to provide leadership that educates about environmental issues, advocates sound decision making, and unifies groups and individuals to protect and preserve Westchester's environment and address climate change.
Make your mark today with a 100% tax-deductible donation to FCWC, so that we can continue to protect and preserve Westchester's environment in 2018.
News from the FCWC Student Network!
On Tuesday; August 25th the Student Network Steering Committee of the Federated Conservationists of Westchester County (FCWC) held its first meeting for the 2020-21 academic year. At this meeting we commenced the coordination of a Renewable Energy Webinar in October (which happens to be national energy awareness month), support for Planting Westchester on our academic institutions, our overall infrastructure for the environmental advocacy amongst all students throughout the county, the transparency of internships within the environmental field for students, and early plans for Earth Month 2021.
On Sunday; September 20th @ 3:00 pm the Student Network will be partnering with Sunrise Westchester, New York Youth Climate Leaders, New York Communities for Change, and the Food & Water Watch on a webinar to educate students on the fossil fuel industry and how to get involved in the advocacy for divestment. This event will occur a day before the start of Climate Week on Monday; September 21st; which will allow participants to share their newly found information throughout the weeklong observance.
As of right now the Steering Committee Consists of:
· Jazmin K. Morales Cisneros - SUNY Westchester Community College
· Marissa Glaze: Nellie A. Thornton High School
· Chelsea Green: SUNY Westchester Community College
· Bianca Jimenez - Mercy College
· Dylan Klein - SUNY Albany
· George Scott - Sarah Lawrence College
· Cyril Peter Singh - SUNY Westchester Community College
Please email email@example.com if you know of any student who is interested in serving as a member of the Student Network Steering Committee. This committee is open to all students, and is charged with helping organize our environmental education to middle school, high school and college students throughout Westchester County.
Paul A. Presendieu
FCWC Student Network Coordinator
Happening in Westchester!
Most of the projects that are done in Westchester that relate to remediation of flooding and stormwater are funded through grants received by the Soil and Water District.
Current projects include an artificial reef project on LIS to protect the shoreline, and work along the Bronx River Parkway, as well as numerous other sites.