Sustainable Westchester’s Spring 2023 Newsletter
Join Sustainable Westchester’s GridRewards Earth Month Cohort
Inflation Reduction Act Town Hall with Representative Bowma
FCWC Pub Talk at 18th Ward Brewing – Thursday, March 16th from 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Go Green & Save Green at Home in Yonkers! – Saturday, March 11, 2023 from 2:00-3:00pm
Westchester Power Program Information Sessions
Annual Members Meeting 2023 – With Video Recording
Dan Welsh Guest Appearance on WRCR AM 1700: Tough Times with Lou Young – Saturday, January 14, 2023
Sustainable Westchester is a nonprofit, consortium of Westchester County local governments that facilitates effective collaboration on sustainability initiatives. Our goal is to bring socially responsible, environmentally sound, and economically viable solutions that create healthy, resilient, sustainable communities. Scroll down to learn about our programs.
Westchester Power demonstrated how communities can take charge of their energy procurement to achieve their clean energy goals. Recognizing the potential of this approach, dozens of communities across NY State have followed this lead and established similar programs .Westchester Power is a community choice aggregation program that offer bulk fixed-rate renewable electricity to its member municipalities...
After a successful rooftop Solar program executed in 22 municipalities and resulting in 100’s of installations, Sustainable Westchester found that the void in the market centered around ill-suited property, lack of consistent access and often substantial upfront costs...
A transition to a clean energy future begins with the source of energy coming into your home. The choice to switch to a renewable electricity supply is the first step on the path to a healthier home! But what comes next? Did you know that most standard home heating & cooling...
Did you know that 32% of a building’s carbon emissions come from heating and cooling? For commercial buildings, Sustainable Westchester’s Commercial Clean Heating & Cooling program delivers energy-efficient, clean heating and cooling solutions, including geothermal and air ...
Local Westchester municipalities, businesses, institutions, residents, and students can go green by participating in the Sustainable Westchester electric vehicle (EV) initiative. Company’s individuals and fleets can own or lease EVs, enable EV spots in their parking lots with or without charging stations, and/or install solar-powered EV charging stations...
Sustainable Westchester is the “go-to-resource” for insights and recommendations to move communities toward zero waste. Reducing trash and more efficient recycling is not just good for the planet but for the community’s bottom line, too. Our Recycle Right! App serves as a powerful solution, premier solution representing significant cost and environmental benefits for municipalities...
What if you could lower your carbon footprint, save energy and earn cash by taking simple energy actions? GridRewards is an award-winning, free app that connects to your Con Ed energy usage and tells you when and how to reduce your energy..
Let’s Talk Clean Energy
Why clean energy? By now, everyone has heard of climate change, but it’s not always easy to make the connection to our daily lives. Our energy choices are, however, linked to many of the most serious challenges that we face these days, as well as the question of what kind of future we leave our children.
Most of our electricity is still generated by burning fossil fuels which release greenhouse gases into our atmosphere. This has contributed to our environment’s degradation, increasing temperatures and local effects such as more frequent higher intensity storms and changes in seasonal patterns. Here’s a short video about the greenhouse effect which is responsible for this problem.
Solar, wind, and hydropower are emissions-free sources of energy. New York State has an aggressive plan to switch over to these clean energy sources and away from fossil fuels. Westchester communities have taken the lead in these efforts, and now dozens of NY communities have followed with similar programs.
Clean Energy Implications
for Westchester County
Our communities need to move away from fossil fuel-powered electricity quickly to help mitigate the challenges associated with Climate Change. A transformation towards clean-powered electricity is entirely possible.
Sustainable Westchester municipalities can help accelerate this transition, promoting the generation of clean energy, as well as sending signals to electricity generators, investors, and governments that we place a high priority on ensuring a sustainable and healthy future.
To understand what a clean energy future could hold, hear from our County’s next generation.
Community Energy Programs Lay the Foundation for a Clean Energy Future
Community Energy Programs put the power in the hands of our communities to build a resilient and healthier environment for all. These programs helps to create a green local economy, provide green jobs and help to build more equitable and easy access to clean energy for all and for our future.
- Westchester Power (community electricity program)
- Community Solar (supporting the development of renewable energy source)
Electrify Everything! The Next Logical Step
Once you’ve established a renewable sources and a supply to green the local grid using that renewable energy to electrify and further eliminate those solutions in our everyday lives that burn fossil fuels and emit emissions is the next logical step. What better way to use this clean energy than to heat & cool our buildings homes and power our vehicles.
Critical Investment: Next Generation Solutions and Investment
It is not enough to stop there. How can we find greater solutions that increase grid efficiency and offer a level of additional personal positive energy actions.
- GridRewards (grid efficiency)
- Virtual Power Plant (solar to storage)
- Sunshine to EV
- Green Hydrogen Solution Exploration & Innovation
Zero Waste future is a sustainable future
Guess what’s better than clean renewable energy? Energy that’s not wasted! Our endless take-make-throw away lifestyle is contributing massive amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. All that embodied energy and resources that go into extraction, production and transportation of ‘things’ get tossed into a trash bin. Let’s not waste that energy. Let’s put ‘things’ back into reuse and recycling. To begin, try the Recycle Right! app
WHAT CAN WE DO?
Which of these actions might you commit to?
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