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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."

                                 October 2019
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.


Learn About the Green New Deal
Thursday, October 3, 2019

7:00-9:00 PM

TEAC Eco Fair
Saturday, October 5th

8:30 AM-2:00 PM


Recycle Right Roundtables!
To provide opportunities to have all school recycling questions answered directly, Lou Vetrone has offered to make his staff available to speak directly with school administrators, staff, teachers, and recycling trainers and recycling advocates including PTA and parent volunteers,etc. at three informal "Q & A Roundtables". 

Friday, Oct. 18 at 10 - 11:30 am, Mamaroneck Town Hall, Conference Room C, 740 W. Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck, NY 10543

Weds., Nov. 13 at 10 - 11:30 am, MRF, Daniel P. Thomas Material Recovery Facility,  Exit 6A/Stew Leonard Drive off the NYS Thruway/Interstate 87, Yonkers, NY 10710

Thurs., Nov. 21 at 10 - 11:30 am, MRF, Daniel P. Thomas Material Recovery Facility,  Exit 6A/Stew Leonard Drive off the NYS Thruway/Interstate 87, Yonkers, NY 10710

What does "Recycle Right" mean in Westchester County?
From Louis Vetrone, Deputy Commissioner for the County Department of Environmental Facilities:
1. There are no "new requirements", no "new rules" for recycling in our County.
2. The emphasis has changed from "recycle more" to "recycle right".
3. "Recycle Right" means: 
      a. Recycle only items as specified in County communications.  This includes
          plastics marked 1-7 (except styrofoam), clean & dry paper/cardboard, metals and glass
      b. Do NOT include "wish cycling items" such as unmarked  
          plastics, plastic straws, etc.   Plastic bags are never to be put into 
         County recycling, and no recycling should ever be put out in plastic bags.
      c. Items should be "as clean as possible".   Each school will be left to use judgement
         in how to guide students to get their recycling as clean as possible.


11 Kittle Road
Chappaqua, NY 10514

November 5th (Election Day!)
is Federated Conservationists of Westchester County Day 
at  Crabtree's Kittle House!

Come out for dinner (5:30-8:30 pm) on November 5th, and 30% of your entire check will be donated to FCWC!!   Join us for Music, Conversation, Great Food and Sparkling Cocktails! All for a great cause.

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.

Reminder: remember to vote in your local elections first!


Save the Date! Climate and Environmental Justice: 
Think Global, Prepare Local
Friday, November 8, 2019
8:30 AM-2:30 PM
Details to follow!

Save the Date! Climate Change in NY - Forum with Sandy Galef
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Cortlandt Town Center - 7 PM
Details to follow!

Save the Date! Youth Climate Action Summit
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Westchester County Center - 8:00 AM-2:00 PM
Details to follow!

Other events can be found on our calendar!


FCWC Thirsty Thursday - New York State Takes Action On Climate

Thursday, August 22, 2019
Sing Sing Kill Brewery, 75 Spring St, Ossining, NY 10562

5:00pm - 8:00pm

FCWC's  Pub Talk on August 22 at Sing Sing Kill Brewery in Ossining was powerful and timely.   With our featured speaker, NYS Assembly Member Sandy Galef, FCWC packed this beautiful pub for a very engaging and informative discussion about New York State, Westchester County, and local government action on climate.   The authentically "all-New York" Sing Sing Kill Brewery provided a a warm, comfortable setting  and delicious local brews and food to fuel a very enlightening evening of informal discussion between elected officials and citizens.



Chappaqua Library & Town of New Castle present:
Author talk and lecture: The Girl and the Tiger
Wed. Sept. 18  - 7:00 PM







With global recycling markets shrinking, we are happy to confirm that Westchester County is still able to sell recycled materials collected curbside and in our municipalities. However, it is important that we all "Recycle Right"! Sort your recyclables according to these posters (link), and whenever possible, empty and clean bottles, cans, containers BEFORE recycling.
FCWC thanks you for helping to reduce waste and reclaim valuable resources!

Important Links For Our Future!

United Nations Climate Summit September 2019


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.
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  • 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