Speaker Form

EarthShot 2030 Speaker Form

Thanks for being an EarthShot 2030 Speaker! Please fill out this form to help us be ready for you on April 19th.

We will contact you to ask for A/V materials 2 days prior to the event so that we may test them. Please also bring materials on a flash drive to the event as a back up.
Websites are generally blocked on the school network and will need to be pre-approved and un-blocked by high school staff prior to the event.

Thank you for your participation on Sunday, April 19th at EarthShot 2030! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Cat Litter

Yuck! Cat litters are often not biodegradable and made with clay and a lot of chemicals.

Cat owners who want to go zero waste have asked what they can do about their cat litter. Unfortunately, although the plant-based litters are biodegradable, for health reasons soiled cat litter should not go in the compost pile and must to go in the trash. Some products claim to be flushable. You can minimize your impact if you buy more environmentally sustainable litter in the first place.

Cat litter has gone through quite an evolution in recent years moving away from clay, which uses mined clay and often includes chemical additives. It’s also not biodegradable and creates dust. Natural cat litter sales are growing faster than cat litter sales overall (15% vs 2%), which is a good sign. 

Natural ingredients such as corn, wheat and pine have become popular bases for cat litter, and are quite efficient: Wood-based litters can absorb up to 500 times their weight in liquid.  But those with ingredients that are food related experience price fluctuations, and some of the plants are sprayed with chemicals.  

Recently, natural grass litters, such as those that use switch grass, are made from a plant that is not food related, grow quickly without additives and consequently have a low price point. 

Post-consumer paper is another on-trend material for natural cat litter. 

We recommend using any of the biodegradable litters, made from non-food, post-consumer use products – paper and wood – or the switchgrass. Look for packaging that is biodegradable.

The plant-based litters are suitable for the Waste-to-Energy Plant where trash from Bedford ends up.

Here are some examples of what’s on the market:

  1. Feline Pine

Made of pure pine therefore biodegradable and not bad for the Wheelabrator, the waste-to-energy plant where Bedford trash goes. 

Claims it is more efficient than clay litter 7 lbs of pine = 20 lbs of clay. Plastic packaging. 

Made from corn and although biodegradable we don’t recommend it because of the environmental cost of growing corn. 

  • Okocat  Made from reclaimed fallen timbers and unused lumber. Free of additives and chemicals and synthetic scents. Comes in clumping or not.  Some formulas claim to be flushable. Company is committed to sustainable sourcing. Packaging is compostable and biodegradable. 
  • sWheat Scoop biodegradable cat box filler is certified flushable (sWheat Scoop does not recommend flushing the litter into a sump pump hole that has to pump the litter uphill.)

Made from wheat  — a renewable resource, but why grow wheat for cat litter? Unless they are using the wheat stalks – website is not clear on this. 

  • Fresh News Made with 100% recycled paper; Fresh News® is biodegradable and burnable. Dust free. (Fresh News is Michigan based and runs the PaperGator, which pays non-profits for recycled paper.)
  • Frisco Grass Clumping Litter Made with 100% natural grass ingredients with no added chemicals, dyes or fragrances.
  • OurPets Switchgrass Natural Cat Litter with Biochar. Switchgrass is the most recent generation of cat litter. It’s a natural grass litter using the native vegetation of North America. Low cost materials, price stable, made from nonfood materials, no need for pesticides/fungicides/etc. for growth, no fertilization, use of chemical sprays (pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides) or use of toxins for growth. It is a biodegradable, flushable material. 

Expo Application

Earthshot 2030 will engage citizens, policy makers, environmental leaders, and visionaries 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, peruse a dynamic and interactive Expo that will include vendors, nonprofit organizations, demonstrations, a car show, and more. Every aspect of this event will be designed to drive action, including the Expo!

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!

Earthshot 2030 Expo

Earthshot 2030 Expo

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Sponsor Application

EARTHSHOT 2030 will inspire and engage everyone in opportunities to impact our future and the future of our planet.
Please fill out the form below by February 1, 2020, to apply to be a Sponsor of this action-oriented event on Sunday, April 19th, 2020, at Fox Lane High School, Bedford, NY.

Overview

EARTHSHOT 2030 will address the urgent need for immediate, local and regional action to create and implement solutions to climate change.

The event will engage 1000+ attendees and will feature nationally renowned climate change experts, policy makers, authors, businesses, and organizations with inspiring climate action solutions.

Promotion

EARTHSHOT 2030 will be promoted through local media and by Bedford 2020 and our 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. Sponsor names will be included in all promotion efforts.

Sponsor Information

There are a limited number of signature sponsorship opportunities available.  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, midge.iorio@bedford2020.org; (914) 620-2411.

After your sponsorship has been approved, please email a high-resolution file of your Company Logo to midge.iorio@bedford2020.org and mail the Sponsorship Fee, payable to Bedford 2020 Coalition, to P.O. Box 812, Bedford Hills, NY 10507 or email us to request an invoice.

Sponsor Application

Sponsor Application

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Sponsorship Opportunities Available:

Signature Climate Champion: $5,000

  • Top Billing as a premiere Sponsor
  • Sponsor name and/or logo included prominently on all outreach and event materials
  • Naming rights for a section/activity at the event AND to one of the Greenlight Award prizes
  • Complimentary Premium Expo table in the most prominent, highest-traffic location
  • 8 admission tickets (includes lunch)
  • Access to VIP/Media room at the Event

Climate Guardian: $3,000 


  • Sponsor name and/or logo included on all outreach and event materials.
  • Naming rights for a section/activity at the event OR to one of the Greenlight Award prizes
  • Complimentary Expo table in high-traffic location
  • 6 admission tickets (includes lunch)
  • Access to VIP/Media room at the Event

Climate Supporter: $1,500

  • Sponsor name on publicity materials, website and event signage
  • Complimentary Expo table in a high traffic location
  • 4 admission tickets (includes lunch)
  • Access to VIP/Media room at the event

If you have questions or would like to discuss, please 
contact: Midge Iorio, Executive Director, Bedford 2020: midge.iorio@bedford2020.org (914) 620-2411, office; (914) 589-2385, cell.

Thank you!

Become an Earthshot 2030 Partner


Bedford 2020 is hosting Earthshot 2030 on Sunday, April 19, 2020, at Fox Lane High School in Bedford NY. Please join us as a Partner!

Earthshot 2030 will address the urgent need for an immediate commitment to community climate action.

The event will engage 1000+ of attendees and will feature 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.

Partners will be listed as supporters of the event on the Earthshot 2030 webpage and in signage at the Event.  We ask Partners to spread the word about this event to their constituents a few times before April 19th.

Our Partners also may choose to help with pre-planning, volunteer at the event, participate in the Expo, Engage their membership, 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.

Earthshot Partner Participation Form - April 19, 2020

Earthshot Partner Participation Form - April 19, 2020

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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 us or call (914) 620-2411.

Proposal Process

Brainstorm

Problem: Choose from different impact areas to brainstorm problems related to that area:

  • Energy
  • Food
  • Land and Water
  • Transportation
  • Waste

Specific Problem to address: Choose one from your brainstorm to think more about.

Solution: Choose a broad solution that would help solve the problem.

Target Audience: Consider the universe where you have some influence. What audience do you want to impact?

Behavior Change : Choose a more specific behavior, relevant to your audience, to change that addresses the broad solution you articulated.

Potential Strategies: Brainstorm ways to impact this problem. Can you find ways to reduce, reuse, refuse, recycle, repurpose, find alternative, invent alternative, increase efficiency, produce less, provide incentive? Consider advocacy, innovation, and behavior change strategies that work:

Possible Tactics: Ways to accomplish chosen strategy. The options are infinite – so choose tactics that you will have fun with based on what you like to do.

Tactic Ideas:

petition drive to influence stakeholders

well-researched presentation to stakeholders

art project that gets great PR to pressure stakeholders or convinces individuals to take action (sign a petition, take a pledge, check in to app)

innovation and market test to show your product idea will make a difference

Sample Brainstorm

Problem Topic: Waste

Brainstorm: e-waste, paint, chip bags, paper, empty lotion bottle that still has some lotion left in it, half-used notebook, fingernail clippings, used cooking oil, old team uniforms, single use plastics like bottles, sandwich bags, plastic forks, old rugs…

Choose one: Plastic beverage bottles

Solution: Eliminate plastic water bottles

Target: High School/Students

Behavior change: Stop using plastic water bottles

Strategies:

1. Reduce – Policy Change: Ban plastic bottle sales in school

2. Reuse – Choice Architecture: Refillable cups and drink refill stations in cafeteria

3. Invent Alternative – Design a tablet that quenches thirst without any packaging at all

4. Increase Efficiency – Design water delivery system you can attach to your backpack

5. Refuse – Advocate using Emotional Appeal or Social Incentives: Campaign and pledge to give up plastic bottles

6. Recycle – Choice Architecture: Invent new water bottle collection container to increase rate of recycling (addresses recycling or repurposing not eliminating them)

Make a Plan to Evaluate

Evaluation: How will you evaluate and measure your project’s impact or potential impact? Remember to build a plan for this evaluation into your project proposal. To collect data and do this evaluation you might consider tracking participation with sign in sheets, apps, manual counts, and you might assess future potential impact with research, comparison, a survey or a focus group.

Any of these can help make your case that your project has great potential for impact:

  • Number of people who have already changed behavior (actual or estimated) based on your activity
  • Number of people who are likely to stick with behavior change and why
  • Number of people somehow engaged or aware of your activity who are likely to make change in future
  • Data from similar projects to show likelihood of behavior change once fully implemented
  • Likelihood that what you have set in motion will have future impact
  • Structure or plan to keep project or program in place to impact future behavior change
  • How future change could be accomplished based on what you have started
  • Actual environmental impact affected by actual or potential behavior change (equivalencies)
  • Unintended consequences that have or could arise
  • What you could have done better or differently?

Set Goals

Click here to learn about SMART Goals that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Relevant, and Time-bound

Your project may have longer term goals that are not realistic and time-bound for this contest, so set some shorter terms goals or milestones that are important in reaching that longer term goal and set something in motion.

Meet with Stakeholders

Click here to see who the decision makers may be in your school.

Develop a Timeline

Try making a backwards plan.

Create a Budget

Click here for some tips on writing a budget. Set a maximum and minimum budget you might need for your project.

Now go fill out your project proposal form and make a trifold poster. Click here for this year’s due dates.

Pets and Pesticides

Wednesday, November 6th at 6:30pm at Katonah Village Library

Join Grassroots Enviornmental Education‘s Patti Wood, Dr. Stacey Hershman, a local veterinarian, and Healthy Yards representatives as they discuss this important topic that impacts our animals, our own health, and our community.

Panel discussion with wine, nibbles and Q&A. Please RSVP:

RSVP

Greenlight Award™ Faculty Info

Students meeting with faculty and community experts to develop project proposals.

About the Greenlight Award™

The Bedford 2020 Greenlight Award challenges high school students to find a behavior change solution to an environmental problem and develop a project that catalyzes that change. Students enter the contest with an Advocacy or Innovation project. We hope students and faculty from all subject areas will get involved!

Who should participate?

High school students (ideally grades 9-11) and student clubs or classes looking for school-year project. The program enables problem-based learning, project execution, real-world application and evaluation. These are key experiences to add to a college application and also create resilient leaders.

What does it involve?

Friendly competition inspires students to get involved with the allure of the Greenlight Award and up to a $1,000 cash prize for the most impactful projects.

Students designed anti-idling signs and ran awareness and incentive campaign at Horace Greeley High School.

  • Students participate for an average of 1-2 hours per week between November and April.
  • Bedford 2020 provides a timeline, kickoff information and resources, feedback and two exciting competition events.
  • Faculty advisors help facilitate communication as needed with Bedford 2020, review student submissions, and are encouraged to attend the two major events.

please visit the Greenlight Toolkit for more information about the contest.

Introduce the Greenlight Award to your students!

Please announce this opportunity to students in your classes.

If you know of students who would benefit from this program, please encourage them to check out the website and sign up online to participate.

  • Click here for a flyer to hang up in your classroom.
  • Click here for the Kickoff Presentation (7 minutes) to show to your classes and at club meetings. (or try this version).
  • Click here for a Google Drive packet of materials to accompany the kickoff presentation, including: a flyer, a handout, guiding questions to get students brainstorming, sample proposal form and poster requirements, something to post on social media, and info about being a faculty advisor.
  • Encourage students to sign up online and we will send them more resources and information.

Please contact us with any questions.

Back to Greenlight Homepage

Greenlight Award Winners with their Faculty Advisor

General Faculty Resources

Students meeting with faculty and community experts to develop project proposals.

About the Greenlight Award™

Bedford 2020 is looking for students who want to make a difference in their community.  Students can enter the contest with an Advocacy or Innovation project. We hope students and faculty from all subject areas will get involved!

Who should participate?

High school students (ideally grades 9-11). The program enables problem-based learning, project execution, real-world application and evaluation. These are key experiences to add to a college application and also create resilient leaders.

What does it involve?

The Bedford 2020 Greenlight Award challenges high school students to find a behavior change solution to an environmental problem and develop a project that catalyzes that change.

Friendly competition inspires students to get involved with the allure of the Greenlight Award and up to a $1,000 cash prize for the most impactful projects.

Students designed anti-idling signs and ran awareness and incentive campaign at Horace Greeley High School.

  • Students participate for an average of 1-2 hours per week between November and April.
  • Bedford 2020 provides a timeline, kickoff information and resources, the initial proposal form, feedback on the project ideas, check in reports, scoring criteria, and hosts the final event.

please visit the Greenlight Toolkit for more information about the contest.

Promote the Greenlight Award to your students!

Please announce this opportunity to your classes. If you know of students who would be interested in or would benefit from this program, encourage them to check out the website and sign up online to participate.

  • Click here for a flyer to share with students.
  • Click here for the Kickoff Presentation (7 minutes) to show to your classes. (if Vimeo is blocked by your school firewall, try this version).
  • Click here for the packet of materials to accompany the kickoff presentation. This contains a flyer, a handout, guiding questions to get students brainstorming, sample proposal form, and info about being a faculty advisor.

Please contact us with any questions.

 

Back to Greenlight Homepage

Faculty Advisor Resources

All student teams are encouraged to find a faculty advisor at their school. The faculty advisor offers feedback and helps with communication between students and Bedford 2020. We welcome advisors to remind students about resources and deadlines, attend the events, and help students get attention from stakeholders and the school community.

We greatly appreciate the support of the faculty advisors for our inspiring Greenlight Award™ leaders. Thank you!

Dear Faculty Advisors…

Above is a letter for all Faculty Advisors to read and print, describing the ways in which advisors are expected to support students throughout the contest, as well as the many ways Bedford 2020 provides support.

For information about promoting the contest to students, go to our General Faculty Resources page.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Finalists and Faculty Mentors at the 2017 Final Event

Resources for Greenlight Competitors can be found in our Toolkit

In addition to the many opportunities for feedback and help, the Greenlight Toolkit has forms, inspiration and resources for participants. Deadlines for this years contest are found under the Summary of the Competition in the Toolkit.