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More on Climate Change Communication

Interested in digging deeper on the topic of climate change communication? 

Check out a guide on  "The Psychology of Climate Change Communication" by Columbia University's Center for Research on Environmental Decisions.

Some tips:

- "Bring the message close to home. Highlight the current and potential impacts of climate change not only globally, but also locally to increase the audience's sense of connection with the issue."

- "Tap into people's desire to avoid future losses rather than realize future gains."

     December 2018

Clean Water Westchester
Wastewater & Water Reclamation Symposium
Thursday, January 17, 2019
8:30 AM-2:00 PM
Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University | 78 North Broadway | - Tudor Room | White Plains, NY 10603

Please join us in a full day of discussions and presentations pertaining to the vision for Westchester County in regards to our water infrastructure (waste water/water ecosystem). We will be brainstorming on three major areas of the county; Hudson River, Sound Shore and North County.

Minimal fee of $25.00 per person to be charged to cover catering
Space Limited - please register now! 
Agenda can be found on Eventbrite.
FCWC Past Events and Local News

In case you've missed some of our recent events, and other things happening in the county, here are short recaps and additional resources:


We had an amazing event to honor four of Westchester's best and brightest environmental leaders! Those that attended or contributed, a big THANK YOU! 


To address a worldwide plastic pollution crisis on a local scale, Ulster County lawmakers passed the BYOBag Act, which will ban the use of plastic bags at grocery stores and department stores throughout Ulster County, beginning in July 2019.  
Consumers will be able to bring their own reusable bags, or pay $0.05 for each recycled paper bag, according to the act, which was signed into law at a ceremony in the Ulster County Executive's office on Thursday morning, October 18th. 

Meanwhile, up in Albany, the NYS Senate and Assembly are working on state-wide legislation to promote reusable bags.   FCWC's Board Member Steven Levy and Program Director Anne Jaffe Holmes met with New York State Assemblyman Steve Otis to discuss what's going on in the State Assembly in regards to bag legislation.  There are many drafts and versions still being debated in Albany.  This fall will be an ideal time for citizen input to our elected state officials.

FCWC will be convening a roundtable of representatives from every Westchester municipality, as well as county, state and municipal officials, to discuss elements for effective state reusable bag legislation.  Watch for our updates and invitation in upcoming newsletters. 

Thirsty Thursday Pub Talk #2 - Plastic Bags - What Are Our Options?
November 29, 2018

We had an amazing turnout for this event!  An informative talk on where we are in Westchester County, and some of our successes in our communities!


Important Links For Our Future!

The generation we've been waiting for!!

COP24 in Katowice, Poland - watch this!


For a full list of our member organizations' events and happenings, check out our Federation Calendar at . Remember to always confirm events before attending. Check back regularly as we are always updating.

Our Vision And Mission
FCWC, founded in 1965, envisions a county in which an environmental ethic defines and shapes all public and private decisions.
Our mission is to provide leadership that  educates about environmental
issues,  advocates sound decision making, and  unifies groups and
individuals to protect and preserve Westchester's environment and
address climate change.

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There are many other ways you can support FCWC is our mission to protect the environment in Westchester and help halt man made climate change. Here are some of the things you can consider to help FCWC:
  • Consider making a charitable gift directly from your IRA. If you are 70 1/2 or older you can support FCWC and avoid paying taxes. To learn more about  how to give through your retirement account, or add FCWC as a beneficiary, consult you financial advisor or call FCWC at (914) 422-4053.
  • If you are employed at a firm that matches charitable donations, please contact the foundation and fill out the matching form when you make your donation to FCWC.
  • Make FCWC a beneficiary in your will. Please consult your attorney and/or financial advisor before you do this.
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We hope you find the information contained within this E-News relevant and useful. As always, please keep in touch and let us know your thoughts and ideas regarding environmental issues throughout the County. 
Federated Conservationists of Westchester County
Anne Jaffe Holmes - Managing Director
Monika Kerschus Granholm - Membership Relations