Dear FCWC Community –
It is with great joy and excitement that I can introduce our new Program Director, Tracy Stora.
Tracy brings us many skills, a wide range of experiences, and connections through her environmental work. Stay tuned for our following newsletter to learn all about Tracy. We hope you will enjoy meeting and working with her in the coming months.
You can meet Tracy on January 22, 2023, and join us for a wine and cheese reception at the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra performance at SUNY Purchase (tickets available through our website).
I wish everyone a peaceful, joyful, and safe holiday! I look forward to seeing you all in the new year.
Carol G Durst-Wertheim
President of the Board
Welcome our new Program Director,
Think Globally, Act Locally
FCWC, founded in 1965, envisions a county where 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.
Impact of Climate Change: FCWC accepts the conclusions of 97% of our climate scientists who believe that climate change is underway, that human beings are the dominant reason for it, and that its effects are already being felt. We urge attention to the resiliency of our communities, infrastructure, and coastlines in the face of the anticipated results of climate change.
Environmental Justice: FCWC believes in a future where environmental and economic burdens are shared equitably and not forced on communities that have been discouraged from making their voices heard. We are ready to assist the County in bringing forward the voices of all, especially those whose voices most need to be heard in our County.
Student Engagement: FCWC works to educate the next generations of our world about the climate crisis, support them in their advocacy work, and amplify their voices locally and globally. Our Student Leadership Network supports youth-generated programming and mentorship, helping Westchester County's youth see their goals and academic endeavors.
Preventing Airport Expansion: Flight paths from the Westchester County Airport take planes over densely populated areas and are major emitters of hazardous air pollutants linked to health risks. Those who live nearby are exposed to these pollutants in greater amounts. 85% of all air traffic at Westchester County Airport is from private and corporate planes, which emit significantly higher GHG per passenger.
Water Quality: FCWC is a protector of County Parks and water drinking sources. Water quality is threatened by land development, pollution, and the use of chemical fertilizers. With only 3% of the water on Earth available for human consumption, we strive to conserve our watersheds, rivers, and the biodiversity living in them.