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People Power: How Citizen Science is Changing the Way Scientists Work

 

November 7, 2014

 

Westchester County Center, White Plains

 

 

Citizen science is professionally-led research conducted in tandem with community-based volunteers. Citizen scientists learn valuable skills in order to collect and submit data, share experiences, and spread essential information all while observing nature with a critical lens. In turn, these large open volunteer networks often allow researchers to accomplish tasks that would be too expensive or time consuming to accomplish through other means.


Speakers for the program include:

  • Dr. John Rowden—Research and Grants Manager at National Audubon Society—will discuss the large-scale citizen science projects with which he has been involved.

  • Dr. Chris Nagy—Director of Research and Land Management at Mianus River Gorge—will share how local citizen science initiatives help maintain and restore native communities and ecosystem function across the region.

  • Dr. Linda Rohleder—Director of Land Stewardship at New York-New Jersey Trails Conference—will speak to her recent efforts leading the citizen-science driven Invasive Strike Force.


A panel discussion with a question-and-answer session will follow the formal presentations. Additionally, a printed listing of local and regional citizen science projects will be distributed.

 

 

 

 

 

From Garbage to Black Gold: Realizing the Value of Food Waste

 

January 24, 2014

 

Greenburgh Public Library

 

 

Come learn about back yard and large-scale composting and how it can be both effective and profitable.

 

The program will feature:

  • Moderator, Braeden Cohen, Greenburgh Nature Center composting/sustainability specialist and educatorwill introduce the scope and expense of food waste in Westchester; composting as a profitable solution; and basic mechanics of composting food along with yard organics.

  • Jean Bonhotal, of the Cornell Waste Management Institute and the Department of Crop and Soil Scienceswill address the economics of food waste composting and present case studies of food waste composting operations in New York State.

  • Terry Laibach, recycling specialist at NYSDECwill talk about requirements for food waste composting in New York and discuss composting facilities currently in operation or in the planning stages in New York State.

  • Sarah Groat, manager of soil, recycling, and compost operations at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture—will present how Stone Barns turns “Garbage To Gold” as part of both its mission and business operations.

  • Peter Schmidt, Westchester based Compostwerks LLC—will join the panel to describe Compostwerks assistance with student-run static pile food composting at St. Johns University.


A panel discussion with a question-and-answer session will follow the formal presentations.

 

 

 

 

Come learn about back yard and large-scale composting and how it can be both effective and profitable.

 

The Program:

  • Overview of new developments in our region concerning anticipated pipeline delivery of radon gas to homes, businesses, schools, and hospitals.

  • Overview of radioactivity including radon 

  • Federal and state environmental laws and exemptions 

  • Health risks associated with radon exposure

  • Legislative initiatives 

  • Other protective measures

 

Speakers Include:

  • Albert F. Appleton, Senior Fellow, The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design, Associate Adjunct Professor for Sustainability; former Commissioner, NYC Department of Environmental Protection, who will give an overview regarding new developments in our region concerning anticipated pipeline delivery of radon gas to homes, businesses, and other buildings;

  • Jeff Zimmerman, Environmental Attorney and Radon Expert who will provide an overview of radioactivity including radon, environmental laws and exemptions; 

  • Sheila Bushkin-Bedient, MD, MPH., Member, Institute for Health and the Environment at SUNY Albany and Concerned Health Professionals of NY, who will discuss the health risks associated with radon exposure. 


A panel discussion with a question-and-answer session will follow the formal presentations.

 

 

 

  

Radioactive Gas in our Pipelines: What can be done about the gas coming into our homes and businesses

 

January 24, 2014

 

Greenburgh Public Library

 

 

 

 

Climate Change and Sea Level Rise: What Can We Expect

 

June 7, 2013

 

Pace University, Pleasantville Campus

 

 

In recent years the frequency and intensity of storms in our area has been on the rise, and as we are still in the midst of clean-up from Hurricane Sandy, climate change and its effect on sea level rise is top of mind. Find out what climate change is, what its effects are on our oceans and rivers, and the impacts of extreme weather in our local communities.

 

The speakers include:

  • Andy Revkin, Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding at Pace University's Academy for Applied Environmental Studies—will give a broad overview of climate change, rising oceans, and their possible impact on New York State.

  • Adam Whelchel, Ph.D. Director of Science at The Nature Conservancy/Connecticut Chapter—will speak about how sea level rise may impact Long Island Sound.

  • Mark Lowery, Climate Policy Analyst in the office of Climate Change at New York State Department of Environmental Conservation—will talk about the sea level rise along the Hudson River and how New York State can respond to it.


A panel discussion with a question-and-answer session will follow the formal presentations.

 

 

 

 

Have you thought about what you are eating and where it’s coming from? What does it mean to go locavore (aka: to eat locally grown food)?

 

The program includes:

  • Overview of the locavore movement and how it is working in our area;

  • Westchester Land Trust’s Farmland Match Program – opportunities for young farmers;

  • Local community gardens and new “urban gardeners”;

  • Farmers markets, community-supported agriculture, farm to table Restaurants; and

  • What are the pros and cons of the locavore movement?


A panel discussion with a question-and-answer session will follow the formal presentations.

 

 

 

 

Going Locavore: What are my options?

 

March 1, 2013

 

Pace University, Pleasantville Campus

 

 

 
 

 

What a Waste: the Problem with Single, One-Time Use Products and Solutions

 

December 7, 2012

 

Pace University, Pleasantville Campus

 

Find out how you, your business and your community can help to limit one-use products and recycle and reuse.

 

The program includes:

  • “The History of Waste in Westchester County” by Bill Lawyer;

  • “Current Waste in Westchester County and Targets for Reducing Waste” by Marianne Petronella, Director of Resources at the county’s Department of Environmental Facilities;

  • “Implementing the Plastic Bag Ban in Rye” by Sara Goddard of the Rye Sustainability Council;

  • “Single Use/Waste Reduction in Schools, Government, Businesses and Homes” by Patti Wood of Grassroots Environmental Education.


A panel discussion with a question-and-answer session will follow the formal presentations.

 

The program is sponsored by Westchester County Parks, Friends of Westchester County Parks, Inc., Pace University, Teatown Lake Reservation, Greenburgh Nature Center, Federated Conservationists of Westchester County, Grassroots Environmental Education, and the Westchester Land Trust.

 

 

 

Environmentalists, hospital and nursing home administrators, municipal officials, students and the public are invited to learn about the consequences of pharmaceutical dumping and the outlook for solutions to this ongoing environmental problem.

 

The program includes:

  • Moderator is Gina D’Agrosa, water master for the county’s Department of Planning.

  • Dr. Kenneth Spaeth, M.D. M.P.H., will present local and national data pertaining to pharmaceuticals in our water. Dr Spaeth is  director of the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Center for the Department of Population Health at North Shore University Hospital, Hofstra School of Medicine.

  • David Skelly of Yale University will discuss the potential environmental effects.

  • Sarah Garvan of the Westchester County Department of Environmental Facilities will outline the county’s Medication Take-Back Day program.


A panel discussion with a question-and-answer session will follow the formal presentations.

 

 

 

 

Medicines on Tap: Prescription for Disaster

 

December 3, 2012

 

Greenburgh Public Library

 

 

 

Love ‘Em and Leave ‘Em: Shredding Old Ideas about Leaf Removal

 

May 20, 2011

 

Greenburgh Public Library

 

 

The program includes:
  • Moderator, Anne Jaffe Holmes, Coordinator of Environmental Projects at Greenburgh Nature Center

  • Marianne Petronella, Westchester County Department of Environmental Facilities, Director of Resource Management

  • Mark Gilliland, Irvington Green Policy Task Force

  • Paul Wagner, President of Soil Foodweb New York

  • Tim Downey, Owner, Aesthetic Landscape Care

 

Panel of experts:

  • Anthony Vulpone, A. Vulpone Landscaping

  • David Duarte, Five Brothers Landscaping Inc.

  • Scott Ryan, Ryan & Ryan Landscaping


A panel discussion with a question-and-answer session will follow the formal presentations.

 

 

 

 

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