FCWC Student Network

Welcome to the Student Network page for the Federated Conservationists of Westchester County Inc.

Our mission is to unite students all throughout the County in environmental advocacy.

Feel free to contact us via Students@fcwc.org with any questions.

Campus Engagement

We provide numerous resources for campus engagement. Assistance with the creation of a campus club for the environment, a student government association committee, or even support in getting guest speakers for an event.

Connections to Local Organizations

Members of our Student Network will be able to access a wealth of resources for community engagement. We can connect students to their local Conservation Advisory Committee, or other local environmental organizations.

Environmental Advocacy

Members of our student network are given a first-hand experience in communication with legislators for policies in environmental reform. We provide students with platforms to address the County Board of Legislators and State Legislature.

Get Involved!

There is a global movement occurring among students in the advocacy of our climate. From Europe, to Africa, and South America we are witnessing numerous students take a stand for climate change. This network is a chance for you to get involved in a global movement for our ecological future.

2019 - 2020 Events

Meeting with Westchester County Board of Legislators

Tuesday; September 10th

@ 4:00 PM

On Tuesday; September 10th, members of the FCWC Student Network will be meeting with leadership for the Westchester County Board of Legislators' Environment, Energy and Health Committee.

This meeting is an opportunity for environmentally conscious students to identify key environmental issues within the County and share specific topics that impact their respective academic institution.

 

Please have any students interested contact us via Students@fcwc.org 

United Nations Day - Our Planet, Our Future

Sunday; October 20th

@ 3:00 PM

On Sunday; October 20th the United Nations Association of Westchester will be hosting a county-wide showcase of student projects and campaigns that respond to the climate crisis.

Please have any students interested contact us via Students@fcwc.org.

WILDHOOD: The Epic Journey from Adolescence to Adulthood in Humans and other Animals

Monday; October 21st

@ 7:00 PM

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New Castle Town Hall's Assembly Room

Award-winning science writer, co-author Kathryn Bowers offers a provocative premise that from high school seniors to humpback whales, the adolescent lives of humans and other animals are remarkably similar and change theway we understand adolescence and the challenges facing them.

This event is co-sponsored by the Town of New Castle and the Friends of the Chappaqua Library. Please have any students interested contact us via Students@fcwc.org.

Westchester County - Student/Youth Climate Action Summit

Wednesday; March 11th, 2020

9AM - 1PM

Location: Westchester County Center

Westchester County Summit of environmentally active students to receive resources in climate activism and connect with each other.

Keynote Speaker: Annie Deng - Youth Representative/Executive Committee Member, United Nations Department on Global Communications.

Co-sponsors: Westchester County Executive George Latimer, Westchester County Board of Legislators, Westchester County Youth Bureau, the United Nations Association Chapter of Westchester County, and the Sierra Club of the Lower Hudson Valley. 

Breakout Session Topics: 

  • Advocating Environmental Policy.

  • Opportunities in Environmental Education.

  • River Stewardship.

  • Climate Activism with the United Nations Association.

  • Organizing Environmental Demonstrations.

  • Community Gardening.

Westchester County - Earth Day Panel

Wednesday; April 22nd, 2020

4:00PM - 5:30PM

Location: Zoom

Zoom webinar highlighting local environmental leaders in Westchester County, along with programs that could support overal youth climate activism.

Youth Engagement Panel (Moderator: Abe Baker Butler - Vice President of the Westchester County Youth Board)

  • Anusha Vaish - 9 Year Old Insect Guardian in the Town of Eastchester. 

  • Ashley Bruno - Environmental Club President at SUNY Westchester Community College.

  • Robin Happel - Environmental Law Student at PACE University.

  • Sunaya Mueller - Teen Journalist for the Environment. 

  • Zeltzyn Sanchez - Sustainable Port Chester Alliance.

Campus/Student Activism Panel (Moderator: Andrew Basta - Founder of Sunrise Westchester)

  • Caitlyn Carpenter - Activism through the Sunrise Movement.

  • Cyril Peter Singh - Establishing Environmental Clubs at Academic Institutions.

  • Gaylord Holmes - Citizens' Climate Lobby.

  • Janet Harckham - Climate Reality Project.

Westchester County - Earth Month Panel with the Westchester County Board of Legislators

Wednesday; April 29th, 2020

4:30PM - 5:30PM

Location: Zoom

Zoom webinar connecting students all throughout Westchester County to the Westchester County Board of Legislators. The purpose of this webinar is to discuss climate change and hear county government plans in environmental sustainability.

Moderators 

  • Hon. Lisa A. Copeland - Mount Vernon City Council President.

  • Vincent Fields - Constituent Liaison for Senator Shelley Mayer, Chair of the Senate Education Committee.

Panelists - Westchester County Board of Legislators

  • Hon. MaryJane Shimsky - Majority Leader, Westchester County Board of Legislators.

  • Hon. Nancy E. Barr - Chair, Committee on Environment and Health.

  • Hon. Kitley Covill - Chair, Committee on Legislation.

  • Hon. Damon R. Maher - Committee on Housing and Labor.

Stop Food Waste, Feed Hungry People and Fertilize the Soil

Sunday; July 7th, 2020

4:00PM - 5:30PM

Location: Zoom

Webinar on programs within Westchester County to address food insecurity and support soil fertilization for overall agriculture.

Speakers

  • Peter McCartt - Westchester County Government Director of Energy Conservation and Sustainability.

  • Jonathan Marcuse & Dylan Spencer - ASAP Scraps Composting.

  • Missy Palmisciano & Alex Tan - Westchester County Harvest.

  • Delvy Abreu - HOPE Community Services.

Climate Week 2020 - Westchester Youth Environmental Organizing Day

Sunday; September 27th, 2020

3:00PM - 4:30PM

Location: Zoom

Webinar on youth climate activism where participants will receiving lobbying training to help fight against new fossil fuel infrastructure in New York State.

Speakers

  • Hon. Ruth Walter - Chair of the Westchester County Board of Legislators Committee on Environment and Health.

  • Hon. Mike Khader - Yonkers City Council President.

  • Caitlyn Carpenter - Student Coordinator of Sunrise Westchester.

  • Liam Smith - Co-Director for Government Affairs of New York Youth Climate Leaders.

  • Santosh Nandabalan - Westchester County Organizer of Food & Water Watch.

NYSERDA Offshore Wind Renewable Energy Webinar

Friday; October 16th, 2020

6:00PM - 7:30PM

Location: Zoom

We will be joined by Adrienne Downey, the Principal Engineer of offshore wind for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). Adrienne will be sharing NYSERDA's plans with offshore wind technology.

Speakers

  • Peter McCartt - Westchester County Government Director of Energy Conservation and Sustainability.

  • Bianca Jimenez - Student President of the Mercy College Environmental Alliance

  • Caitlyn Carpenter - Student Coordinator of Sunrise Westchester.

Keynote Speaker: Adrienne Downey, NYSERDA Principal Engineer for Offshore Wind.

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Webinar Highlights

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Paul Presendieu

Network Coordinator

Paul Presendieu is the Coordinator for the Federated Conservationists of Westchester County's Student Network. He is also a member of the Leadership Corps for Vice President Al Gore's Climate Reality Leadership Corps, and the Young Professionals Chairman for the United Nations Association of Westchester County.

Student Steering Committee

  • Bianca Jimenez - Mercy College

  • Chelsea Green - SUNY Westchester Community College

  • Dylan Klein - University at Albany

  • George Scott - Sarah Lawrence College

  • Jazmin K. Morales Cisneros - SUNY Westchester Community College

  • Marissa Glaze - Nellie A. Thornton High School

Email Students@fcwc.org to contribute student engagement ideas for the 2020  - 2021 academic year.

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