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What is happening in Westchester County on the topic of sustainability?
In 2008, Westchester County created a Climate Change Action Plan. The plan lays out a comprehensive, integrated, community-wide plan to translate leadership and vision on climate change and sustainable development into workable strategies that can generate practical actions for all sectors; county and municipal governments, educational institutions, businesses, and households. While there has not been much progress countywide since 2008, many municipalities have incorporated sustainability into future plans. Federated Conservationists of Westchester County has highlighted some of these municipalities in the 'Westchester Going Green' series.
There is an environmental issue affecting where I live. What should I do?
If an environmental problem has caught your attention, it is your right as a citizen to do something about it. Below you will find some options for addressing the issue.
Contact organizations that specialize in addressing environmental problems, like Federated Conservationists of Westchester County. These groups have established networks to help bring these issues to light and make change.
Another organization that is helpful when considering statewide issues is Environmental Advocates of New York. Based in Albany, they monitor state government, evaluate proposed laws, and champion policies and practices that will ensure the responsible stewardship of our shared environment.
Contact the Department of Planning. The Department of Planning consists of a team of professionals dedicated to promoting orderly development that protects and improves the quality of life and physical environment of Westchester County. Click here for the local Planning Law Resource Guide.
I want my community to become more 'green'. How do I make this happen?
Most communities in Westchester County have already begun building sustainability projects. First begin by doing some research to see what sustainability groups already exist, and what has already been accomplished. Once this step has been completed try using these resources below.
ICLEI USA is the leading membership association of cities & counties committed to climate action, clean energy, and sustainability.
EPA’s Clean Energy Programs are working with state policy makers, electric and gas utilities, energy customers, and other key stakeholders. By identifying, designing and implementing clean energy policy and technology solutions, we are delivering important environmental and economic benefits.
Many municipalities begin by reducing emissions and increasing climate resilience in municipal operations alone, but action by the entire community is needed to make significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and to successfully adapt to unavoidable climate change. Local governments can act directly to reduce fossil fuel consumption in municipal buildings and vehicles, to improve solid waste management practices and to adapt infrastructure and operations for resilience to anticipated changes as the climate warms.
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Long Island Sound Study
The Long Island Sound Study (LISS) works with federal, state, and local partners to restore and protect Long Island Sound. In 1994, the program’s goals were identified in LISS’s Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (the CCMP).