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We are excited to bring you news of our recent community efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect our natural resources. If you have questions or want to be involved, let us know!
-Bedford 2020
Way to go Town of Bedford!

In response to our federal government’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, the Town of Bedford passed a resolution reaffirming its commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and pledging to redouble its efforts to achieve the goals set forth in the Town of Bedford Climate Action Plan. Bedford’s Town leaders have joined other municipal, city and state leaders by signing former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s call to continue to support the Paris Agreement regarding climate change. The resolution also encourages every Bedford citizen to take action to achieve these goals.

Bedford 2020 is proud of this bold statement and Town commitment. We are stepping up our efforts to accomplish Bedford 2020’s mission to decrease emissions, but we need your help. Please click here for ways each of us can make a difference now!
Bedford 2020 Supports Pollinator-Friendly Solar
To promote the development of renewable energy as well as sustainable land use and agriculture, Bedford 2020 recently promoted a state legislative standard for Solar Gardens. Solar Gardens are ground mounted solar arrays that produce clean energy and include plants that create “pollinator habitats” around the solar panels.

Thank you to everyone who reached out to state lawmakers to encourage them to bring this to a vote. The bill did not make it to the floor before the legislature adjourned for the summer, but we will continue supporting the passage of the solar garden standard next session. We will also continue to promote the pollinator-friendly practice around solar arrays in other ways, including working towards creation of a demonstration solar garden.
Let’s Get Composting!

The Community Compost program, launched by Bedford 2020 along with the Town of Bedford, is off to an amazing start. The program began on July 1st and already we have over 60 residents participating and many more signed up to begin. You can do your part to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by composting and avoiding food waste! For more information and to sign up visit our website!
Get Energized, Bedford!

Did you know that 53% of the greenhouse gas emissions in our town come from residential buildings, but with certain upgrades our buildings will emit much less? Did you know that our Town has a program called Energize Bedford that can help homeowners reduce energy waste, save money and make their homes more comfortable?

Like fuel-efficient cars, energy efficient homes get “better mileage.” They require less energy because of upgrades like insulation, efficient lighting, energy efficient appliances, and more. The Energize Bedford program helps homeowners explore energy efficiency upgrades. In fact, 195 of your Bedford neighbors are already reducing energy waste and saving on energy bills through this program.

Want to join them? Great news, Bedford 2020 will launch a special Energize Bedford campaign in September that will provide an incentive to homeowners to upgrade their homes during the campaign. Stay tuned! Click here to be involved!
Upcoming Area Events
Come visit the Bedford 2020 Table!
Saturday, July 15th at the John Jay Homestead Farmers Market
Katonah Sidewalk Sale Days, July 21st -22nd

Volunteers Needed for Mianus River Clean Up
Saturday, July 22, 9am-1pm
Bedford Village Memorial Park
Volunteers will fill trash bags with refuse in the river and along the banks. After the clean-up, we’ll all get together for lunch provided by MRG staff at Bedford Village Memorial Park. RSVP to or call (914) 234-3455. Remember to wear work gloves and boots and plan to get dirty! Click here for more info.

Carbon Tax Panel Discussion
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 7pm
425 Cherry Street, 2nd Floor
Please join Sustainable Westchester for an expert panel discussion on carbon tax. Most economists agree that putting a price on carbon emissions is the one greenhouse gas policy that would drive all others. Come learn about the principles of carbon taxes and some of the pending proposals, including for a NY State tax, across the political spectrum. Click here for more info.

Car Free Day - Hudson Valley
Save the Date for Friday, September 22, 2017 and participate in this short webinar on July 27 from 10-10:30am to learn about bringing Car Free Day HV to your school, company, organization, or municipality. Click here for more info.

Save the Date: Food Justice Festival: How Do We Feed the World with special guest Dan Barber
Saturday, September 16, 2017, 10am-5pm
Manhattanville College
This day of panels, demonstrations, and discussions will be kicked off with a reading and talk by chef and author Dan Barber of Westchester’s Blue Hill at Stone Barns. Free and open to the public. More info to come.
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