The mission of the Bedford 2020 Coalition is to lead, organize and promote a community wide effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 20% by 2020 and to create a sustainable community that conserves its natural resources.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
|Ellen Rouse Conrad
|Olivia H. Farr
(Senior Vice President)
|Mary Beth Kass
Solid Waste / Recycling Consultant
|Stuart E. Marwell
President and Chairman of the Board, Curtis Instruments
|Rabbi Jason Nevarez
Temple Shaaray Tefila
(Vice President, Special Advisor to the Board)
Dean Emeritus and Founder, Pace Energy and Climate Center, Pace University School of Law
Chief Information Officer, Green Schools Alliance
(Treasurer) Beekeeper, Rainbeau Ridge
Director of Energy Resources, Town of Bedford
President, Farmers Club
Architect, Kirtley Cameron Design
CEO, Diamond Properties
Assistant Superintendent, Scarsdale Schools and formerly at Bedford Central School District
Environmental Education and Green School Advocate
- 2016 Green Award Winner, Morris Media, Town Vibe for being a model of sustainability
- 2016 Honorees at Katonah Museum of Art Forces of Nature Gala Event
- 2015 Federated Conservationists Award for an organization whose work exemplifies environmental ethic and the promotion of a greener future
- Clean Air Cool Planet
- Endeavor Foundation
- Kohlberg Foundation
- Westchester Community Foundation
Community engagement, education and the creation of grassroots support for climate change projects have been the focus of Bedford 2020 since its creation in 2010.
We are reducing greenhouse gas emissions and making a difference through community programs that span five action areas, including Energy Efficiency/Renewable Energy, Food & Agriculture, Transportation, Waste & Recycling, and Water & Land Use.
We take a “petri dish” approach to developing and piloting projects in the Greater Bedford community that are replicated and expanded in Westchester County and beyond.
A few highlights include:
- Working with Sustainable Westchester to drive renewable energy adoption via the Westchester Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program launched in spring 2016. In fall 2016, Bedford 2020 will be part of a team working to expand CCA throughout the mid-Hudson region.
- Creating and piloting the Greenlight Award student competition in which students develop and test projects offering climate solutions. The program is expanding to multiple schools in 2016/17.
- Successfully piloting the Energize NY Home Energy Efficiency program in Bedford in 2011 that subsequently expanded throughout Northern Westchester County Municipalities.
- Leading “Solarize Bedford/Mt. Kisco“, one of the first Solarize campaigns promoting solar installations in Westchester County.
- Launching the Northern Westchester Local Food Project in Mt. Kisco, and expanding it through the mid-Hudson region.
- Piloting The Great Healthy Yard Pledge in Bedford. This program has now expanded to communities in the NY/New England region and beyond.
Bedford 2020 programs are led by the work of nine Task Forces staffed with over 90 community volunteers, many of whom are professionals and experts with deep experience and credentials in our action areas.