Dig In to a Quick and Dirty Garden

Thank you to Ellen Best from the Bionutrient Food Association for joining us to share her insights on how to replace your lawn with garden! The short answer – grab a shovel, dig a hole and plant your seed/seedling in the sun! Just get started even if it is in a small way.

If you missed the webinar, you can watch the Zoom recording.

Garden Construction

Would you like help installing a vegetable garden? Learn more about this Pay What You Will initiative that aims to help set up local families with new gardens this season! Share your requirements.

More Gardening Resources

Healthy Yards
Healthy Yards Plant Swap

Vegetable Planting Cheat Sheet (download from Born To Grow)

Local Gardening Nurseries and Supplies (mentioned on the webinar):

List of local nurseries (from Healthy Yards)

Online Seeds Vendors (mentioned on the webinar):

Please Support Bedford 2020

Dear Bedford Friends and Neighbors,

If you haven’t already supported Bedford 2020 this year, please consider making a donation today to Bedford 2020’s annual appeal.

We recently made the exciting announcement in our Progress Report that we are 79% of the way towards meeting our community’s goal of reducing emissions 20% by 2020.  Your contribution today will help Bedford 2020 continue to be a force for positive change in achieving our community’s goals for reducing these emissions and protecting our natural resources.

Click here to make a donation online now. Or, mail a check made out to Bedford 2020 Coalition to: Bedford 2020, P.O. Box 812, Bedford Hills, NY 10507

Thank you for your consideration and support!

-Bedford 2020


January 31, 2015

Stay tuned to this space for a big announcement about a big event…



Great Healthy Yard at Bedford Garden Club

Diane Lewis is the founder of the Great Healthy Yard Project. It’s a book, a website, and a campaign, all focused on helping everyone understand the impact toxic pesticides have on our soil and water and identifying safe and healthy alternatives.

Diane will be hosted by the Bedford Garden Club on November 19 at 7pm where she’ll speak about the urgent need to protect our drinking water. She’ll also have copies of her book. Wine & cheese reception to follow!

November 19th at 7pm at the Bedford Garden Club

KVIS Forum: What is Health?

KatonahInspired_HealthForum_flyer_10-08-14_PRINT (1)On Monday, November 10th, from 7pm-9pm at Katonah Village Library, join is at KVIS’ “What is Health?” Forum featuring a panel of local health experts discussing Holistic Health, Preventative and more.

And be sure to stop by the B 2020 table, to learn all about The Great Healthy Yard Project and what we can do our own backyards to protect the health of our local drinking water.

Energize Bedford Tabling Event

Market TablingBedford 2020 will be showcasing our landmark Energize Bedford program at the John Jay Homestead Farmer Market. Visit our table — and learn how to save on home heating costs, and make your home extra warm and comfortable this winter!

Katonah Sidewalk Celebration

Sidewalk SamuraiOn Sunday, October 19th, Bedford 2020 is joining forces with the Katonah Museum of Art, KVIS—The Katonah Village Improvement Society, and the Katonah Chamber of Commerce as we all celebrate the opening of a new sidewalk connecting the village to the Museum.

This event has literally been years in the making as all community organizations have waited with patient hope for this new sidewalk to be made. Now you can explore even more of Katonah on foot, or even invite friends to visit by train and walk over to meet you at the museum!

Former and current Town Supervisors, Lee Roberts and Chris Burdick, wil be on hand to lead the ceremonies. The schedule of events looks like this:

  • 10:30am: Family Mask Making, Katonah Commuter Lot #1
    11:45am: Parade from Town to the Museum
    Noon – 5pm: Activities at KMA (and don’t forget to stop by the Bedford 2020 table!)

Community Outreach Coordinator

We're-HiringWE’RE HIRING! If you’ve wanted a chance to join the Bedford 2020 and Energize Bedford team, this is your chance. Even if this job posting isn’t right for you, perhaps you know someone who’s be perfect. Please pass it along!

Overview: Bedford 2020 is seeking a qualified candidate to work with our Energy Task Force to promote and aggressively grow the Energize Bedford home energy efficiency program. The Community Outreach Coordinator will help plan, manage and participate in a series of outreach activities aimed at: 1) driving new program sign-ups; and,  2) helping residents who are already signed-up progress through the program to completion.

This is a part-time position for 3 to 4 months, with the possibility of being extended.

Background: Bedford 2020 is a nonprofit whose mission is to lead a community wide effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 20% by 2020. Home Energy Efficiency is a top priority in achieving this goal. In partnership with the Town of Bedford, Bedford 2020 launched Energize Bedford, the Town’s comprehensive Home Energy Efficiency program in January 2011. Over the past 3 years, the program has gained awareness and has achieved the following:

  • Over 700 program sign-up’s
  • Over 300 completed home energy assessment assessments
  • Over 130 upgraded homes saving over $200,000 in annual energy costs and reducing air pollution of over 228 Metric Tons of GHG emissions annually

Role of the Intern of Community Outreach Coordinator: Working closely with the Energy Task Force, coordinate and play a lead role in activities aimed at driving new sign-ups and helping people progress through the Energize program:

  • Identify Tabling Opportunities & Attract Participation in Community Outreach at Tabling Events: Research and “book” Energize Bedford at community events, activities and key locations, and represent Bedford 2020/Energize Bedford and attract representation at these events, engage community members in conversation and provide program information with the ultimate goal of driving sign-ups
  • Help Plan Events that Leverage Testimonials from Residents who Have Completed Home Energy Upgrades (or who are having their homes assessed): Presentations to community groups in which a leader has completed an upgrade; “Living-room” parties in the homes of community members who have completed home energy upgrades; “Assessment parties” during a home energy assessment.
  • Track New Sign-ups: Periodic outreach via email, e-news and phone calls to new sign-ups to check in, see if they need help/have questions, and direct them appropriately. Complete the Google Map summary of homes upgraded.
  • Recruit community members who have competed the program to become “Ambassadors” in promoting Energize Bedford to friends and neighbors.
  • Tracking progress and recording data.


  • Experience working on community projects, campaigning and community activation
  • Experience driving projects to conclusion.

Personal Skills/Attributes:

  • Excellent communicator, orally and in writing
  • Great “people skills” – comfortable engaging community members in conversation, answering questions and sharing information.
  • A self-starter with a high energy level, a strong work ethic and the proven ability to multitask.


  • Must be highly organized and able to track and analyze data and information
  • Must be computer literate and familiar with social networking tools and web-based communication.
  • Must be a licensed and insured driver with a reliable car.
  • Must be committed to protecting the environment.

Education: An undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university.

Location: The Town of Bedford is located 45 miles north of New York City. The Town of Bedford, with its 39.3 square miles encompassing the hamlets of Bedford Village, Bedford Hills and Katonah, is situated in northern Westchester County, with 18,133 residents.

To Apply: Interested parties should submit the following by email attachment to Midge Iorio. Please Include: 1) Cover letter indicating interest, 2) Résumé. All applications are due by Tuesday, August 26, 2014.

Bedford Celebrates Reduction in Energy Waste in Homes

Last night, at the Bedford Town Board meeting, the Town of Bedford and Bedford 2020 recognized a group of Bedford homeowners and community members for taking important steps in reducing energy waste and helping to achieve the Town’s sustainability goals. 

IMG_657829 homeowners and their certified contractors were recognized for outstanding leadership in reducing home energy waste.  This is the fifth home energy recognition event hosted by the Town of Bedford and Bedford 2020 since Energize Bedford, the Town’s program to reduce energy waste and help homeowners save money, was launched.  Last night’s recognition event marks an important milestone for the program — 120 Bedford homes have now completed energy performance upgrades reducing annual energy spending by over $200,000. Their collective reduced emissions, which is estimated at 228 metric tons of Co2, is the equivalent of taking 38 cars off the road.

 “We are thrilled to honor our Bedford neighbors for the important steps they are taking to help achieve our Town’s environmental goals, said Mary Beth Kass, Co-President of Bedford 2020. “Together, they are making a big difference in reducing energy waste in our community, and at the same time, they are realizing significant cost-saving benefits. This program is a win-win for everyone.”

 IMG_6584The three Bedford libraries were also recognized at the event for their leadership in helping to achieve the Town’s goals by participating in the “Energized Library Program.” The libraries are partnering with the Town, Bedford 2020 and Energize Bedford to host “assistance hours” at which residents can come in for information and hands-on help with signing up for Energize and applying for a free or reduced-cost comprehensive home energy assessment. “We are thrilled and honored to have the three Bedford libraries partnering with us to convey the benefits of the Energize program to residents,” commented Midge Iorio, of Bedford 2020. 

 Also celebrated at this event, was the completion of the first new home constructed under the new Town of Bedford Energy-Efficient Building Code.  In 2012, the Town passed a building code requiring all newly constructed homes to be in compliance with the New York State Energy Conservation building code, and to achieve an efficiency rating that is 15% more efficient than the NY State code. The newly constructed home, which is located in Bedford Hills, not only meets the new code, but it exceeds the Bedford standards by 17% and the NY State standards by 32% in terms of Energy efficiency. 

Bedford Town Supervisor, Chris Burdick, was on hand to award the seals and certificates to the energy champions. “Reducing energy wasted in buildings is a top priority for achieving our goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 20% by the year 2020,” explained Burdick. “We are here tonight to honor those who are helping the Town achieve our goals by participating in the Energize Bedford program.”Energize Seal


We’re Having A Party

On January 25, 2014, we’re having a party to celebrate Lee Roberts’s 20 years of service to the Bedford community.Save The Date!

Lee’s leadership and hard work on countless issues made it possible for Bedford to become a pioneer for smart choices in going green and going forward.  Her personal example of volunteerism and service, combined with her dedication to fostering partnership between local government and community initiatives, has empowered citizen-led efforts like Bedford 2020 to thrive.

Join us for this Saturday evening event next January as we all take a moment to raise a glass to Lee and tell her what we really think of her!

Ticket information and event details will be announced soon. Be sure to join our mailing list — there’s the sign-up, up there next to the red “Join” button — and you’ll receive a proper invitation as soon as it’s ready.