About Us


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.

iorio Midge Iorio
Executive Director
conrad Ellen Rouse Conrad
farr Olivia H. Farr
(Senior Vice President)
camerashy Robin Ashley
Local farmer
Kirtley Cameron
Architect, Kirtley Cameron Design
kass Mary Beth Kass
kuniholm Peter Kuniholm
Solid Waste / Recycling Consultant
lewis Diane Lewis, M.D.
Internist and Nephrologist
marwell Stuart E. Marwell
President and Chairman of the Board, Curtis Instruments (Treasurer)
nevarez Rabbi Jason Nevarez
Temple Shaaray Tefila
niemczyk Caroline Niemczyk
(Vice President, Special Advisor to the Board)
pittman Veronique Pittman
Chief Information Officer, Green Schools Alliance
roberts Lee Roberts
sabath Karen Sabath
Beekeeper, Rainbeau Ridge
thielking Mark Thielking
Director of Energy Resources, Town of Bedford
wood Jim Wood
President, Farmers Club

Bedford 2020 is a non-profit organization leading a grass roots effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 20% by the year 2020 in the town of Bedford, NY.

We are reducing emissions and making a difference through community programs that span five action areas, including: Energy, Food & Agriculture, Transportation, Waste & Recycling, and Water & Land Use.

Bedford 2020 programs are led by the work of nine Task Forces staffed with over 90 community volunteers.

Bedford Environmental Summit program

On January 31, 2009, the Town of Bedford Energy Advisory Panel and the Bedford Garden Club held The Bedford Environmental Summit. The goal of the Summit was to educate our community about the most pressing environmental issues of the day and to create a “community of advocates” who would take actions to solve these problems on a local level. Individuals participated, but a lot of the support was generated by smaller, single-issue organizations and clubs with parallel interests.

Above: the original program for the Summit (click to download).
Below: a video that captured the excitement of the Summit.

As a direct result of the Summit, the Town of Bedford adopted a Climate Action Plan to reduce the town’s greenhouse gas emissions 20% by 2020.

Below left: the complete Climate Action Plan (click to download).

Bedford Climate Action Plan Environmental Action Day program

With momentum on their side, the organizers of the Summit followed up with Environmental Action Day, January 29, 2011. In response, the grassroots umbrella organization, Bedford 2020, was created.

Above right: the program for Environmental Action Day (click to download).
Below: a video that captured the excitement of Environmental Action Day.

The plans for Bedford 2020 were summarized handily in a newspaper supplement, “Bedford Rocks.” Another offshoot of the 2009 Summit was a plan for replicating its success in other communities, that similar single-issue groups can work together to plan. The result was Summit in a Box.

Below left: “Bedford Rocks” 12-page supplement (click to download).
Below right:
The original 31-page Summit-in-a-Box Guide (click the box to download).

Bedford Climate Action Plan Summit-in-a-Box Program