Become a Community Partner

We invite organizations throughout Westchester, Mid-Hudson, NYC and Connecticut to join us as community partners at the The Bedford 2020 Climate Action Summit at Fox Lane High School on February 3, 2018.

We ask Community Partners to spread the word about this event to their constituents a few times before February 3rd. Partners will be listed as supporters of the event on the Bedford 2020 Climate Action Summit webpage and in signage at the event.

Our partners also may choose to attend a strategy session, help with pre-planning, volunteer at the event, participate in the expo, make a donation or become a sponsor.  To help with outreach and participate in one or more of these ways, please let us know using the links below. Thank you!

To be a partner and help us spread the word about the event or to volunteer, fill out the form below.

Feb. 3, 2018 - Climate Summit Partner ParticipationForm

Feb. 3, 2018 - Climate Summit Partner ParticipationForm


To apply to be in the expo, click here

To become a sponsor, click here.

To make a donation click here or please mail a check to Bedford 2020 Coalition, PO Box 812, Bedford Hills, NY 10507.

Questions? Contact Ellen Calves at call (914) 620-2411.

Sponsor Information and Application

The Bedford 2020 Climate Action Summit will engage up to 1,000 people who want to seize opportunities to impact our future and the future of our planet.

Please fill out the form below to apply to be a sponsor of this action-oriented event on Saturday, February 3, 2018, at Fox Lane High School, Bedford, NY.

The Bedford 2020 Climate Action Summit will inspire and empower participants to take on hot solutions for a cool planet! The event will engage 1,000 attendees from Westchester County, Mid-Hudson, NYC and Connecticut in opportunities to take action around Renewable Energy, Electric Vehicles, Food Choice/Food Waste, and much more!

The event will feature a nationally renowned climate change experts, policy makers, business leaders, and organizers who will speak, run workshops and panel discussions, and participate in a dynamic and interactive expo.


The Climate Action Summit will be heavily promoted through local media as well as by Bedford 2020 and our Community Partners throughout the region who will disseminate information through e-blasts, social media and flyers to their extensive audiences. This outreach will be seen by tens of thousands of highly-engaged residents of Westchester, Western Connecticut and parts of the Mid-Hudson region who are motivated around accountability, sustainability, and energy independence. Sponsor names will be included in all promotion efforts.


There are a limited number of signature sponsorship opportunities available for the Bedford 2020 Climate Action Summit.  See below for information about sponsorship levels and the benefits associated with each.  If you would like to apply to become a sponsor, please fill out the form below.  For more information contact Midge Iorio, Executive Director,; (914) 620-2411.

After your sponsorship has been approved, please email a high-resolution file of your company logo to and mail the sponsorship fee, payable to Bedford 2020 Coalition, to P.O. Box 812, Bedford Hills, NY 10507.

Sponsor Application

Sponsor Application


Signature sponsorship opportunities available:

Gold: $5,000

  • Top Billing as a premiere Sponsor
  • Sponsor name and/or logo included on all publicity materials, website, media 
communications and prominently displayed at the event.
  • Naming rights to a section of the event
  • Complimentary Premium Expo table in prominent, high-traffic location
  • 6 food forum admission tickets (includes lunch), value $150
  • Access to VIP room at the Event

Silver: $3,000 

  • Billing as a second tier Sponsor
  • Sponsor name and/or logo included on all publicity materials, website media 
communications and at the event.
  • Naming rights to section of expo or workshop
  • Complimentary Expo table in prominent, high-traffic location
  • 3 food forum admission tickets (includes lunch), value $75
  • Access to VIP room at the Event

Green: $1,500

  • Billing as a third tier Sponsor
  • Sponsor name on publicity materials, website and event signage
  • Complimentary Expo table
  • 2 Food Forum admission tickets, value $50
  • Access to VIP room at the event

If you have questions or would like to discuss, please 
contact: Midge Iorio, Executive Director, Bedford 2020: (914) 620-2411, office; (914) 589-2385, cell.

Thank you!

Climate Action Summit Exhibitor Info

We are thrilled you will participate at the Bedford 2020 Climate Action Summit on February 3, 2018 at Fox Lane High School.

Our goal is to create a lively Expo area that advances the themes of the day’s event – hot solutions for a cool planet – and engages, educates, and inspires all of our participants!

The Expo will be open throughout the daylong event from 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., with time set aside in the schedule for attendees to explore the Expo. There will be 75 booths and we anticipate up to 1,000 attendees.  The Expo is sold out.

Booth Fees:

  • $500 for commercial Expo participants,
  • $200 for small businesses,
  • $50 for non-profits and farms

If you have not already done so, please pay by check to Bedford 2020 Coalition, to PO Box 812, Bedford Hills, NY 10507.  Please pay by 1/20/18.

Booth Attendees:

Expo tables must be attended by at least one person at all times during the event, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Each person who attends an Expo table is also required to pre-register for the event. Click here to register everyone who will work your expo booth.

There are three ticket types to choose from when you register:

  • Expo Only (no additional fee)
  • Expo/Lunch (includes fee for lunch)
  • Full Access ($___ fee to attend workshops/speakers throughout the day and lunch).

Everyone attending the event, please print and sign this liability waiver and either scan it and email it back to us . If you prefer to mail it, send to Bedford 2020 at PO Box 812, Bedford HIlls, NY 10507, or you may bring it when you come to set up for the Expo.

If you are selling food or beverage items, please email us a Certificate of Liability Insurance naming Bedford Central School District as an additional insured.

Payment and Registration must be made no later than January 20. We will start accepting waitlisted applicants if payments for reserved spots have not been received by then.

Set Up

Booth setup will be on Friday, February 2nd from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 pm. We will have volunteers to help carry items from your car, hang signs, etc. Both doors to FLHS will be open for set up.

When you arrive we will check you in for the Expo, give you your ticket for lunch (if purchased), make sure you signed a liability waiver, and show you your table location. 

If you are unable to set up on Friday, please arrive by 7:30am on Saturday, March 4th to check in and set up by 8:15 a.m. South doors will lock at 8am so that event attendees will check in through the North entrance.

Exhibitors are requested not to close their booths until 3 p.m. on Saturday.


  • Expo tables are 8 feet by 3 feet and will be covered with a tablecloth.
  • Each table will have 2 chairs unless more are requested
  • Participants with small displays may be asked to share tables.
  • Special equipment, such as easels, must be supplied by exhibitors.

If you need electricity, please bring 1-2 extension cords (and perhaps duct tape in case need covering).

If you need to access a website and yours is not already on this list, please email us the website(s) you need cleared by January 20th.

Demos and Placement

Our Expo Chair has been in conversation with many of you about where your table will be located and if you plan to do a specific demonstration that we can put on a schedule. We will produce a schedule of demos and a map of exhibitors. If you have questions about this, please contact us.


We appreciate your being a part of this incredible event to educate and inspire our community to take some formidable climate action!

Expo Application

The Bedford 2020 Climate Action Summit will engage up to 1,000 people who want to seize opportunities to impact our future and the future of our planet.

Please fill out the form below to apply to be a part of the dynamic and action-oriented Expo.

Attendees will hear from renowned speakers, attend workshops, panels, and a dynamic and interactive expo that will include vendors, nonprofit organizations, demonstrations and more. Every aspect of this event will be designed to drive action, including the Expo!

The Expo will focus on dynamic themes where participants can take action:

  • Sustainable Transportation
  • Renewable Energy
  • Food Choices and Food Waste
  • Home of the Future

Those exhibitors who best contribute to the mission of the event will be approved first.

Spots are limited so please fill out the form below ASAP. Our expos sell out!

If you are selected as a participant, fees are as follows:

  • Commercial Businesses $400
  • Small Businesses $150
  • Nonprofits $50.
  • Sponsors receive a prominent table. (see Sponsor Tab for details)

If you have any questions, please contact us. Thank you!

Climate Summit Expo Application

Climate Summit Expo Application


Greenlight Award Timeline 2017-2018




October 27th: Sign up to participate

November 1: Attend Incubator Workshop at Harvey

  • Participants meet with community experts, refine the direction of their project and learn about available resources and Round 1 requirements.

December 1: Project Proposal Form Due

  • This will be reviewed in advance by the Round 1 judges.

December 7: Power Point Presentation Due

  • Presentations must be submitted in advance via Dropbox for Round 1.

December 9: Round 1 at John Jay High School

  • Present before panel of judges. Students have 3 minutes to present and judges have 2 minutes to ask questions.

After Round 1

  • Finalists are selected to receive project seed-funding up to $1,000 and will have access to community experts to develop and pilot their ideas.

January 11: Mandatory Incubator Workshop for Finalists

  • Participants meet with community experts again to “hatch” their projects, receive training on data collection, and learn more about Finals requirements.

February 1: Mid-Way Report Due

  • Finalists submit report on the status of their project. Link will be posted here.

May: Final Round (date TBD).

  • Completed projects are presented at a community-wide Shark Tank event and Greenlight Award winner is selected.
  • Winning team receives $500 cash prize!
  • All finalists are celebrated and press release with project results and photos sent to media.

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For Professionals

Bedford 2020 is working on a program to offer landscapers in the area more knowledge about sustainable landscaping. We are looking for landscapers in the area who would like to help us with this. We want to know how differences in landscaping policies affect your business, and how we can create healthier practices without threatening your livelihood.



What we are looking for is alternatives that work and that can improve the health of our yards and the health of the landscaping work simultaniously.


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Talk With Your Landscaper

Many of us have help with our yards including weekly mowing, seasonal clean-up and planting

Most employees of landscaping companies are hard working, they make many hours doing physically demanding work. But often they have very limited knowledge of horticulture. They are maintenance technicians, rather than landscapers. Most of them are unaware that their practices are not only unhealthy for our yards, but are unhealthy for them as well.


Healthier yards are good for us and for the landscapers. Talk with your landscaper and let them know that you want a healthier yard. Don’t take “no” or “it won’t work” for an answer. These practices do work and all our recommendations are based on science and best practices.

We are working on a program together with landscapers to improve knowlege about more sustainable practices, so don’t hesistate to direct your landscapers to our sources.

Ask your landscaper to mow over the leaves instead of blowing them and to stop using pesticides. If your landscaper opposes these simple steps, we recommend you look for a company willing to work in this way.

If you would like to connect with a company that already uses sustainable practices in our area, please following this link (Coming Soon)

Plant Wisely

The saying “right plant, right place” is the key to healthy yards. Plants, shrubs and trees grow well when they like the local climate, soil and wildlife. If you have chosen a plant or shrub that requires fertilizers, pesticides, or extra watering, it might not the best plant or shrub for your location.

Plant Wisely means nothing more than using plantings tailored to your yard’s conditions.

The saying “right plant, right place” is the key to healthy yards. This explains why native plants are so important. Native plants are naturally adapted to sustain local weather and soil conditions.


Native Plants also perform the vital function of providing a food source or breeding habitat for important native pollinators, some of whom, like the Monarch butterfly, are very plant specific. Regretfully, there are some issues that can stand in the way of practicing the simple “right plant, right place” concept:

The Deer

Deer browsing in our area has become a serious threat to our environment in general and to our yards more specifically.

There are only two practical solutions to the deer problem for someone who owns a yard:

  • Creating a physical border at least eight feet high
  • Use deer resistant planting.


Many plant species that have been brought in from other parts of the world now take over much of our native environment, and Westchester has a fair share of them. The best way to deal with invasives is to remove them and replace them with vigorous and dense sustainable planting.

The landscaping tradition

Unfortunately most landscapers are not familiar with the concept “right plant, right place”. The landscaping business today is an industry that has little connection with our environment. We as homeowners have a responsibility to be the stewards of our own land, and that may mean directing your landscaper to adopt sustainable, healthy, landscaping practices.

Use Better Equipment

There are many serious environmental and health consequences related to gas-fueled  landscaping equipment. Lawn care alone accounts for 10 percent of the air pollution in our country and is expected by 2020, to create more ozone pollution than all the passenger cars in this country. There’s a reason for that: Regulations on car exhaust have gotten tighter and tighter over the years, substantially reducing their ozone-damaging emissions. At the same time, while there have been some controls on the smaller gas engines, there haven’t been enough. Most damaging and polluting among the landscaping tools is the gas-fuelled leaf blower.

  • In one hour a GLB emits more pollution  than 40 cars idling  
  • The noise and moving air from GLB’s disturbs nesting and breeding birds and other wildlife
  • GLBs have a serious impact on neighborhood peace and quiet
  • GLBs disturb and kill beneficial micro organisms in the soil
  • GLBs pollution and noise impacts worker’s lungs and general health
  • GLBs stir up pollutants such as salt, lead, arsenic, mercury, heavy metals, pesticides, fertilizers, fungicides, herbicides, rodenticides, dirt, ash, mold spores and fecal matter. Approximately five pounds of particulate matter per leaf blower per hour are blown into the air and can take hours and even days to settle in hot, humid weather. These particulates in the air can aggravate allergies and asthma and exacerbate pulmonary issues, such as bronchitis.

It’s is necessary to look for healthier ways to maintain our landscapes.

First of all, for our lawns, we recommend switching from blowing to mulching. There is no need to blow the leaves from garden beds either, so please limit the use of the leafblower to your hardscapes; driveways and patio’s.

Secondly, we have to switch from gas to electric powered machines. Electric lawn equipment has greatly improved and causes substantially less pollution and noise. So if you are considering buying engine-equipment for your yard look for an electric alternative.

External Links:

Quiet Communities dedicated to protecting our health, environment, and quality of life from the excessive use of industrial outdoor maintenance equipment
American Green Zone Alliance – working to help communities to adopt zero-emission landscape maintenance strategies.

Love Leaves

Who doesn’t love leaves?

We all appreciate the beautiful colors in the fall, and the environment welcomes leaves as a protective and nutrient layer for its plants and wildlife. Fallen leaves shelter plant roots from excessive heat and cold, and once they decompose, they keep the soil healthy.


So why do we spend millions of hours and millions of gallons of diesel and gasoline to get rid of those leaves, while there is plenty of evidence that leaf blowers are:

  • extremely polluting and account for a significant percentage of the total air pollution.
  • disturb nesting and breeding of birds, microorganisms and other wildlife
  • disturb neighborhood peace and quiet
  • stir up pollutants such as salt, lead, arsenic, mercury, heavy metals, pesticides, fertilizers, dirt, ash, fungus and mold spores and fecal matter
  • blow particulates in the air that aggravate allergies and asthma and exacerbate pulmonary issues, such as bronchitis.

It’s true that the turf grasses used for lawns might be smothered by excess leaves, but it’s much better to mow right over them to create mulch than to blow them away. The resulting shredded leaves will settle into the grass providing nutrients and reducing the need for fertilizers, weed killers and insecticides.

So, please, stop using leaf blowers in your yard, and ask your landscaper to do so as well. Inquire if they are familiar with the leaf mulching practice, and if not, please direct them to: the Leave Leaves Alone Website.

If you prefer to use a leafblower for your driveway, terrace or other hardscapes elements, please consider using an electric model. Electric leafblowers are cleaner and quieter. Better still, clear up your paved areas with a broom.

More information:

Leave Leaves Alone

Details on the Hazards of Gas Leaf Blowers

EPA Website on Particle Pollution