Every month people who work in the environmental field meet up at informal sessions known as Green Drinks. An organic, self-organizing network of people from NGOs, academia, government and business. Find your area or city from the list of NY Green Drinks groups to check out the group near you!
The Green Guru Network is a Westchester and Hudson Valley area-based green networking site. Registration is free and new members are welcome! Check out green guru and get connected to environmentally conscious people, organizations, projects, initiatives and ideas near you.
- Connect with forward thinking people in Westchester, the Hudson Valley and beyond.
- Showcase projects, products, photos, videos, events, whitepapers, legislation, links and more.
- Find local collaborators, mentors, community projects, funding and interns.
Their efforts are focused on ensuring that garden committee volunteers have the resources they need, including Mini-Grant opportunities from Grow to Learn and free resources and technical assistance from their partners at GreenThumb, to form successful and sustainable school garden programs.
Contact Information: Grow to Learn NYC: The Citywide School Gardens Initiative
Consisting of 14 municipalities in Westchester County, New York, the consortium offers a collaboration to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, save money for Westchester residents and businesses, increase energy efficiency in our communities, enable renewable energy generation, increase economic activity, and align local efforts with county, state, and federal initiatives.
See if your community is part of the NWEAC and how participating in these programs can greatly benefit you, your family and your community.
For more information on how to join the Northern Westchester Energy Action Consortium, click here!
The Westchester Green Business Challenge (WGBC) is a friendly competition open to all businesses in Westchester County, NY. The WGBC is designed to help companies reduce greenhouse gas emissions while improving operational performance and saving money, modeled after ICLEI's successful Chicago Green Office Challenge.
Gain valuable recognition for your business by becoming a Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze or Single Event Sponsor of the WGBC.
Click here to learn more about the WGBC and the opportunities available for your business!
The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies is a private, not-for-profit environmental research and education organization in Millbrook, N.Y. For more than twenty-five years, the Institute has been one of the largest ecological programs in the world.
Dedicated to the creation, dissemination, and application of knowledge about ecosystems, the Institute offers visitors a unique opportunity to connect with nature and view local wildlife. Attractions include: hiking trails, the Fern Glen, and public programs for all ages and levels of interest. See links on the right under "Upcoming Green Events Near You!" for exciting events brought to you by the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, or go to the Institute's website to learn more!
This NY-based non-profit organization maintains a mission to educate the public about the links between common environmental exposures and human health, and to empower individuals to act as catalysts for change within their own communities.
Check out Grassroots programs to learn more about the impacts of the environment in your home, school, and town.
The Science Barge is a prototype sustainable urban farm developed by NY Sun Works and acquired by Groundwork Hudson Valley as an environmental education center. Completely self-sustaining, the Science Barge is powered by its own renewable sources and irrigated solely with collected rain water and purified river water. It is now docked in downtown Yonkers, New York.
The Barge is open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays, and serves as an outdoor classroom for class visits during the week. Come with your family or class to see the abundance of fresh produce including tomatoes, melons, greens, and lettuce grown with zero net carbon emissions, zero pesticides and zero runoff.
Located in the heart of the Lower Hudson Valley's Hudson Hills and Highlands bioregion, Teatown Lake Reservation is the largest nonprofit nature preserve in Westchester County, with n 834-acre nature preserve and education center. Teatown Lake Reservation's mission is to conserve open space and to educate and involve the regional community in order to sustain the diversity of wildlife, plants and habitats forfuture generations.
Teatown's educators offer adult, family and children's programs, including summer camp. The 15 miles of scenic trails that span abundant fields, mixed forests, lakes, streams and farmland are visited by over 10,000 hikers annually.
Explore all Teatown has to offer you, your family and your community!
Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture is a non-profit farm and education center located just 25 miles north of Manhattan in Pocantico Hills, New York. Stone Barns operates an 80-acre four-season farm and is working on broader initiatives to create a healthy and sustainable food system. Through our Growing Farmers Initiative, children’s education programs, and diverse public awareness programs, we aim to improve the way America eats and farms.
Beczak Environmental Education Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating people about the ecology, culture and history of the Hudson River. Located on the banks of the Hudson in the City of Yonkers, within the two-acre
Habirshaw Park, Beczak offers exciting interactive learning experiences year-round
for young and old alike. Founded in 1987, we have become a vital part of the local community, providing schools with multidisciplinary programs that can be integrated easily into their educational curriculums and serving as a focal point for numerous river-related public events and activities.
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution is the only museum in the nation devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design. The Museum presents compelling perspectives on the impact of design on daily life through active educational and curatorial programming. It is the mission of Cooper-Hewitt’s staff and Board of Trustees to advance the public understanding of design across the twenty-four centuries of human creativity represented by the Museum’s collection.
As the world’s largest urban zoo, the Bronx Zoo features more than 600 species from around the globe. Meet some of our mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, and insects, and learn about their natural history, biology, cultural roles, and conservation status.
Operating an 80-acre farm 25 miles north of Manhattan, the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture seeks to create a healthy and sustainable food system that benefits us all. Visit the edcuation section of their website and explore the numerous programs available for K-12 students and educators.
As of 2014, Rock and Wrap it Up (RWU), an award-winning anti-poverty think tank, is in its 24th year of operation. RWU researches, discovers and nurtures potential North American donors, ranging from touring bands to educational institutions, who have renewable assets to share. We strive to empower school partners to broaden their academic horizons by advocating for utilization of the Whole Earth Calculator Lesson plans which reduces both poverty and carbon footprints. Over one billion meals have been recovered since 1991.
Recognized by the White House with a Point of Light Award and receiving numerous EPA distinctions, RWU strive to re-earn these honors every day.
Upcoming Green Events Near You!
Gardening Matters: Building Sustainable Communities Through Backyard, School and Community Gardens
Sat., April 5th, 9am-3 pm
Experts from food banks and farm-to-table programs, to chefs, farmers and master gardeners; leaders and spokespeople of relevant organizations, and K-12 school gardeners (or want-to-be gardeners) gathering to share ideas and create a support network in the lower Hudson Valley. Attendees are invited from Rockland, Westchester, and Bronx counties; a restaurant "tasting" lunch will be offered. 3 sessions with a number of "conversations", topics include: ending hunger/obesity, improving school lunch, setting up school and community gardens, solving typical garden problems in a sustainable way, and so on. Program goal is to draw attention to and take measures to reduce the poor nutrition in our community feeding programs. Registration is free, register by March 20. For more or to register, visit the Scarsdale webpage.
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