- RYUNOSUKE SATORO

“Individually we are one drop.
Together we are an ocean.”

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Philosophy and Principles

Community

We offer multiple programs across many municipalities and each success builds capacity, increases confidence, provides an opportunity for engagement, deepens understanding and an appetite for more action. For municipalities, participation in Sustainable Westchester solidifies its reputation for pragmatic environmental leadership and provides continuity through changes in elected leadership.

Philosophy and Principles

Collective

Our work across municipalities leverages learning and experience. This provides an opportunity to optimize the design and management of our programs.  Learning from one program is reflected in the next to optimize results.  The power of the collective is also seen in our aggregate buying power and the clout and leverage that power provides in delivering fiscally responsible and competitive opportunities. Collective experience and clout allows us to deliver sound solutions on a countywide scale.

Philosophy and Principles

Impact

Our programs provide the foundation for impact in support of New York State CLCPA goals and NYSERDA Clean Energy Communities and Climate Smart certification and grants. Added to this, the aggregate impact of our programs greatly contribute to significant municipal and county-wide environmental benefits. Through collective shared services,  we provide cost and resource savings for municipalities and for their residents we provide cost control and access to renewable energy; all working toward creating resilient, vibrant, thriving communities.

Philosophy and Principles

Choice

A range of programs allows us to serve municipalities with different priorities and provides municipalities the opportunity to opt into programs that suit them. Varying levels of participation and options exist with each program contributing to customization and tailored activation which fosters choice among residents.

Philosophy and Principles

Collaboration

We believe the best results are collaborative and we work with municipal governments and staff to facilitate programs that bring forward each community’s own sustainability ideas and efforts; fostering the principle of community. We engage in an ongoing partnership with our member municipalities and their communities by managing and fielding constituents’ questions, creating tool kits for each municipality and its resident, conducting community information sessions and workshops,  and maintaining ongoing community involvement and collaboration.

Philosophy and Principles

Innovation

We understand that meeting aggressive climate goals and making a substantive impact requires constant innovation and the search for “the next generation of solutions and programs.” A track record of successful innovation and programs provide a foundation on which to build for the next generation of solutions.  Built on the sharing of best practices and recognized first-to-market models, we lead the county in terms of innovation. We are always future focused and are looking toward the next decade via community solar integration, direct supply and energy storage, pilot programs giving low to moderate income residents access to renewable energy options, electrification of building clean heating and cooling and inclusion of clean transportation into the renewable energy solution paradigm.

Philosophy and Principles

Thought Leadership

Sustainable Westchester, as a thought leader, delivers for their municipal members depth of relationship and sphere of influence that can work on plans and tackle opportunities at County scale with focus on New York State context. It is as thought leaders, we help municipalities participate effectively in the broader context and  provide them with a ‘seat at the table’ of innovation and planning for the energy future.

Sustainable Westchester:

A Brief Historical Perspective

Sustainable Westchester’s beginnings can be traced back to the economic crisis of 2008. The $831 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), signed into law in early 2009, had as its primary goal job creation, in part through targeted public investment in such areas as energy efficiency. In 2009, a group of northern Westchester County municipalities teamed up to create a collaborative energy efficiency program…

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Municipal Participation

Meet our Team

Steven C. Rosenthal
Steven C. Rosenthal
Interim Executive Director
Maria Genovesi
Maria Genovesi
Director of Marketing, Communications and Outreach
Jenna Amundsen
Jenna Amundsen
Director of Operations
Dan Welsh
Dan Welsh
Director of Westchester Power Program
Nina Orville
Nina Orville
Director of Solar Programs
Michel Delafontaine
Michel Delafontaine
Director of Business Development
Neha Dhanik
Neha Dhanik
Director of Zero Waste Westchester
Rachel Carpitella

Rachel Carpitella

Director of Commercial HeatSmart
Lauren Brois
Lauren Brois
Director of HeatSmart Westchester
Jasmine Graham
Jasmine Graham
Manager of Westchester Power
Catherine Golebiewski
Catherine Golebiewski
Director of Program Administration
Seth Leitman
Seth Leitman
Program Manager of the Clean Transportation Program
Claire Kokoska
Claire Kokoska
Community Solar Associate
Carmen Santos
Carmen Santos
Outreach Coordinator

Board of Directors

June Wallach
June Wallach
Board Member
Mike Spano
Mike Spano
City of Yonkers - Mayor
Nancy Seligson
Nancy Seligson
Town of Mamaroneck - Supervisor
Laura Rossi
Laura Rossi
Executive Director Westchester Community Foundation
Tom Roach
Tom Roach
City of White Plains - Mayor
Herb Oringel
Herb Oringel
Director Emeritus
Peter McCartt
Peter McCartt
Director of Energy Conservation & Sustainability; Westchester County
Jim Kuster
Jim Kuster
Corporate Finance and ESG Advisors
Warren Lucas
Warren Lucas
Town of North Salem - Supervisor
Dana Levenberg
Dana Levenberg
Town of Ossining - Supervisor
Sara Goddard
Sara Goddard
City of Rye - Council Member
Dan Chorost. Esq.
Dan Chorost. Esq.
Sive, Paget & Riesel - Environmental Attorney
Noam Bramson
Noam Bramson
City of New Rochelle - Mayor
Chris Burdick
Chris Burdick
Town of Bedford - Supervisor

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