2020 PILOT PROGRAM

Climate Victory Garden

Is your backyard sustainable, native and regenerating? The Climate Victory Garden is an educational program along with professional training in sustainable landscaping. Discover the best practices for a healthy back yard.

Our  program will help residents make choices that can have a significant positive or negative impact on water and air pollution, energy usage, health, native wildlife, and our wallets as well. Sustainable Landscaping encompasses all of the practices that help us all work together to reduce the negative impacts of landscape maintenance. We can make a difference for the environment, local ecosystems and add to our individual resilience and sustainability.

Go Native

When plants that are adapted to the local climate and soil conditions are used for landscaping solutions, there is a time and cost-saving impact due to a reduction in water usage and maintenance. These native species provide nectar, pollen, and seeds for insects, birds, and butterflies. Native species possess their own defenses against pests and diseases, so there is less need for pesticides and fertilizer. That means less fertilizer and pesticide runoff into local streams, rivers, lakes and the Long Island Sound.

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Support for Pollinators

Pollinators have an important job to keep agriculture thriving. They move pollen from flower to flower, thus helping with fertilization for flowers, trees, fruits, and vegetables. Native plants also offer bees, birds and butterflies nourishment as they migrate north to south and back again. Harvest your rain and save on your water bill too!

Healthy Soil

Organic lawn care treatments promote deep root systems which lead to better grass growth. Actions such as food composting, grasscycling and mulching are ways to reuse items often hauled away in the trash but properly reused, they provide soil nutrients. Healthy soils contain millions of microbial that are necessary for healthy plants, pesticides kill off the natural goodness of microbial. More space dedicated to a Climate Victory Garden and less space allocated to a lawn will help too. Everything improves with healthier soils – plant vitality, health and safety of humans and pets, and water supply.

Organic Kitchen Gardens

It is rewarding to snip herbs or pluck a few berries or snap peas from a kitchen garden! Gardening as a family activity of planting, maintaining, and harvesting is a triple win – a lesson in plant life cycles, time spent in nature and off-screen and enjoyment of “the fruits” of labor as part of a meal.

Composting

Composting is easier than you think and it makes good sense for a variety of reasons. First, it is something that everyone can do and makes for a great family activity, too!

It is good for the you, the environment and the community. Composting builds community resilience as well as reducing landfilled or burned waste. An added environmental benefit is that composting stores carbon in the soil to protect the climate.  It improves soil erosion, soil structure, soil fertility and plant growth.

To get started or to learn more https://ilsr.org/composting/ or contact your community ‘s Sustainability Committee or  reach out to Sustainable Westchester, we can help mobilize your community. Contact as [email protected].

Green Landscaping

Go one step further in terms of sustainability and ELECTRIFY! Electrifying doesn’t have to stop with your heating/cooling or transportation – the environment, air quality and overall community impact is substantial.

Sustainable Westchester has partnered with American Green Zone Alliance (AGZA) to assist communities in Westchester to switch over to sustainable practices by creating an aggregate equipment purchasing program, educating the public, commercial operators and municipalities. They are also collaborating by certifying properties as Green Zones.

AGZA is the global leader in low-noise zero-emission grounds maintenance strategies and they help communities with two core services:

  • AGZA SetVice Professional Accreditation: education, training, and accreditation of grounds crews on safe and optimal use of electric equipment.
  • AGZA Green Zone Certification: establishing, monitoring, verifying, certifying and celebrating properties maintained with cleantech and hand tools

For more details and information, visit AGZA