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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."




E-News
                                 March 2020
Help Us Raise Money with the following Fundraising Opportunities!


Please remember to support FCWC in the 
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you can vote once a day, until the end of April!


as well as our  Stop&Shop Community Bag Program! for the month of March!
For every $2.50 bag you purchase, FCWC gets $1.00!! 
-POSTPONED -
Working on reschedule date in late April/early May!





Upcoming  Events!!

                  

Sparkle for a Cause (revisited)!
May 5, 2020
Crabtree Kittle House

Come join us for another wonderful evening 
of conversation, food & drink, and live music 
outdoors  in the lovely  Kittle House Garden!

Come out for dinner (5:30-8:30 pm) on May 5th, 
and 30% of your entire check will be donated to FCWC!!

Please call to make reservations and mention 'sparkle' 
when you make your reservation!

All of their menus are available and applicable 
to the 30% donation to each charity.


We will be OUTSIDE in the Kittlehouse Garden, 
hopefully enjoying the wonderful weather!



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SAVE THE DATE!
FCWC ANNUAL MEETING 
June 10, 2020 
5:00-8:00 PM
@ Edith Read Sanctuary
Rye, NY 10580

Honoring 

Former FCWC Director & Board President Carolyn Cunningham

FCWC Intern Paul Anthony Presendieu


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Big Clean Westchester 2020
  
  FCWC partnering with Westchester County 
on Earth Month Countywide Cleanup

To coincide with the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, Westchester County is pleased to announce "Big Clean Westchester," the County's first ever County-wide clean-up! Municipalities, environmental advocates and community groups will participate in community clean-up events throughout Westchester County during April and May. On this anniversary of Earth Day, we hope to beautify Westchester County by collecting a record amount of litter!

Westchester County is collaborating with Volunteer New York! to help recruit volunteers and facilitate the sign up process. 
If you are the organizer of a clean-up event or would like to sign up to volunteer, visit https://www.volunteernewyork.org/BigClean
to register with Volunteer New York! or contact your local municipality.
Questions? Email: BigClean@Westchestergov.com


Community News



The Town of Greenburgh is seeking a part-time Town Forestry Officer, to assist the Department of Community Development and Conservation with administration of its newly adopted Town Tree Ordinance

The Forestry Officer is responsible for enforcing and administering the provisions of the Town's tree preservation and removal policies, including issuance and denial of permits, and prepares reports and develops recommendations that address the probable impact of proposed policies, plans and projects related to the local tree law, land use, and the physical development within the town properties.  Supervision is not a function of this class, although incumbent does function in an advisory capacity to others.  Does related work as required.
 
Position will begin as part-time, with an expected schedule of 17.5 hours/week.
Compensation hourly, commensurate with experience.

For more information, and to send a resume and cover letter, please e-mail:
Aaron Schmidt, Deputy Commissioner
Department of Community Development & Conservation
Town of Greenburgh
177 Hillside Avenue
Greenburgh, NY 10607

Featured Member Organization
To Our Member Organizations: if you would like to be featured, please email us an article, photos, event announcements for future E-News!
 
 
FCWC is a member of the 
Coalition to Prevent Westchester Airport Expansion ( ctpwae.org )
along with other groups like Sierra Club, the Purchase Environmental Protection Association, many homeowners associations near the airport, and hundreds of individual citizens. The coalition strives to ensure that there is no expansion at the airport, and works with Westchester County legislators and the county government to alleviate noise and pollution impacts of the airport. The coalition is asking its supporters to take a few minutes and participate in an online survey being run by the county to prepare for the upcoming airport master plan process at  www.onthehorizon914.com.  The survey focuses on the commercial airline passenger experience, but 3 of the questions (questions 10-12) provide us with an opportunity to write about our overall concerns, such as the limits to the number of flights and passengers per hour that apply only to commercial airlines, which are only 15% of air traffic; the other 85% (corporate, charter, private and fractional ownership operations like NetJets) are not subject to restrictions.

FCWC encourages all Westchester residents, especially those directly affected by airport operations to fill out this survey:  www.onthehorizon914.com

Featured FCWC Board Member
 
Anjali Sauthoff is an environmental health scientist who is focused on applying science to practice. Currently she is working with universities, local and state government, industry and the non-profit sector to develop integrated approaches that address regional climate adaptation, environmental justice, and social determinants of health. Previous research has focused on developing models to estimate exposure to air pollutants, and using computer models to analyze emission reduction strategies. She currently serves on the New York Medical College Community Advisory Board, the Pleasantville Planning Commission and Climate Smart Communities Task Force, and is a founding board member of Films on Purpose. She received her PhD in Environmental Health from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.



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. 
 
Sincerely,
 
Federated Conservationists of Westchester County
Anne Jaffe Holmes - Managing Director
Monika Kerschus Granholm - Membership Relations