Proposal Process


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


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

Meet with Stakeholders

Develop a Timeline

Create a Budget

Healthy Yards Festival Celebrates Pollinators

Hundreds came out for our second annual Healthy Yards Earth Day Festival in Bedford Hills on Sunday. Kids and adults enjoyed the activities, information, food, and community spirit! Attendees picked up literature, plants, seeds and supplies, kids did crafts and saw live animals. Everyone learned about the importance of protecting pollinators by having a healthy yard.

Thank you to the organizations and businesses that participated, the attendees who made it such a success, and the volunteers who made it all happen, especially event chairs Filippine Hoogland and Fiona Mitchell. See below for link to more photos!

Organizations and volunteers with great info about healthy yard practices included:

  • Bedford 2020’s Water and Land Use Task Force and the Bedford Pollinator Pathway
  • Bedford Conservation Board
  • Bedford Audubon
  • Bionutrient Food Association
  • Branch Out and the Bedford Garden Club
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension “Ask a Gardener”
  • Dark Skies
  • Hudson Valley Natural Beekeepers
  • iNaturalist
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Leave Leaves Alone
  • Mount Kisco Conservation Advisory Council
  • Native Plant Center
  • Rusticus Garden Club
  • Westchester Land Trust and H2H

Businesses who promoted plants and supplies included

  • Mill River Supply
  • Green Jay Landscaping
  • Nature of Things
  • Plan it Wild
  • Shades of Green

Community organizations greeted attendees with information about local activities, initiatives and events, including:

  • Bedford Hills Live
  • Bedford Hills Neighborhood Association
  • Bedford Hills Library
  • Community Center of Northern Westchester
  • Coffee with a Cop (Bedford Police)
  • HeatSmart Contractors: Bruni & Campisi, Dandelion Energy, and Healthy Home
  • Katonah Sunrise
  • Stepping Stones

Bedford Hills businesses Meme’s Bakery sold coffee and treats and Nolvi’s Deli sold delicious empanadas, tacos and quesadillas. Yum!

Thank you again to everyone who made the Earth Day Festival a huge success. Thank you to the Town of Bedford for their co-sponsorship as well!

To see more photos from the event visit us on Facebook And consider liking our page while you are there!

We hope to see you again next year!

Volunteer Opportunity

Bedford 2020 will hold a fundraising event this spring and we need help with set up and break down. High school students welcome and volunteer service hours apply.

Painting & Assembling

For two weekends in May – May 4-5 and May 11-12, Bedford 2020 needs help painting and assembling displays that will showcase the environmental work Bedford 2020 has done over the past 9 years and highlight our network of partners.

We are looking for volunteers with experience in art, painting or construction. Dress for painting and to be outdoors. Location will be in Bedford/Katonah area and confirmed the week prior.

Transportation and Set up

For three days prior to the event, May 15, 16, and 17, all of the items created as displays will be transported to the event site and set up. Times may be flexible depending on volunteer availability.

Dress to get dirty and be outdoors. Location will be in Bedford/Katonah area and confirmed the week prior.

Break Down

Sturdy volunteers needed again to haul stuff away from the event site on Sunday morning.

Please indicate your interest in volunteering for the above opportunities on the form below. Thank you.

Volunteer Form
When would you like to volunteer? *

A Year of Meatless Monday Recipes Feature Local, Seasonal Food

One year ago Bedford 2020 was in the midst of a Meatless Monday campaign to raise awareness about the connection between food and climate change. Even though that campaign has ended, we are happy to hear that many people continue to participate, and we are still hearing about its influence.

Bedford 2020 encouraged people to reduce their weekly meat consumption over a 12-week period because plant-based eating has a lower carbon footprint than eating meat. After the campaign, we reported the results back to the community – participating households, by skipping meat one day a week, saved the carbon equivalent of driving 56,113 less car miles! With these results, many people learned that eating less meat could be an important tool to combat climate change.

During the campaign, restaurant and business partners put up posters, promoted Meatless Monday on their social media platforms, and created additional vegetarian menu items. Similarly, Pound Ridge Organics signed on as a partner, and has continued their Meatless Monday efforts well beyond the 12-week campaign.

60 Meatless Monday Local Food Recipes

From the time of its inception in 2009, Pound Ridge Organics, a certified humane farm, organic food co-op and market, has encouraged members to go meatless one day a week. Pound Ridge Organics owner, farmer and chef Donna Simons signed her farm on as a Meatless Monday partner at the Bedford 2020 Climate Action Summit in 2018. Donna agreed not only to continue to encourage her readers to go meatless at least one day a week, but also committed to distributing weekly seasonally-inspired meatless recipes featuring locally sourced ingredients that she would make available in her market. 

Over sixty recipes later, Pound Ridge Organics’ robust readership is not only reducing their meat consumption (at least) one day a week, but also thinking seasonally and locally. Donna says “I feel an even greater connection with my Co-Op members and subscribers by helping them to break out of their comfort zone, try new and unfamiliar ingredients, and feel at ease and empowered in their own kitchens.” She says “preparing food should be as enjoyable as eating it” and she tries to impart that spirit in her weekly recipes.

Some recipes from her Donna’s winter collection include: Roasted Portobello Mushrooms Stuffed With Crispy Goat Cheese, Smoked Trout With Green Apple Horseradish Cream, Potato Apple Soup, and Lithuanian Borscht Soup.

Buying Local Food in Winter

While Meatless Mondays is just one way to reduce one’s carbon “foodprint” – it is a good first step to understanding the complexities of the food-climate connection.

© Donna Simons – Pound Ridge Organics

The next step, also promoted by Donna’s recipes, is to eat local food as much as possible. From avoiding the deleterious effects of industrial-sized livestock operations (CAFOs) to cutting down on “food miles” our food travels from farm to plate, eating local can reduce your carbon footprint.

Go Local for Fruits, Vegetables and Grains

Donna encourages, “local seasonal ingredients are tastier than those that sit on a semi-truck traveling 3,000 miles (organic or not).” Local food produced on sustainable small farms has a smaller carbon footprint, it is more nutritious, and your purchases support our local food system and economy.

This time of year in addition to local meat, eggs and cheese, you may find at your local farm market:

  • Squash, potatoes, various root vegetables, and apples from the fall harvest
  • Greenhouse grown salad greens, spinach, pea shoots, mushrooms
  • Seafood and shellfish
  • Breads and baked goods
  • Honey, preserves, salsas and sauces, and local cider and wine

Go Local for “Better Meat – Less Often

© Donna Simons – Pound Ridge Organics

Eating local and sustainably raised meat goes a long way to reducing your carbon footprint as well.  When you do choose to eat animals and animal products, buy local, grass-fed meat, local eggs and cheese, and sustainably and ethically raised poultry – and buy only what you will consume.

Donna Simons is also the leader of Slow Food Metro North, a chapter of the international Slow Food Movement. She proffers, “100% pastured meat from small, organic, local, high welfare farms will be more expensive than mass produced feed-lot meat, so I always recommend buying better meat and consuming it less often as a way to be kinder to our wallets, bodies and the environment.”

Try your local farm market, farm stand, or check out Pound Ridge Organics!

Learn For Yourself

Pound Ridge Organics Teaching Kitchen will begin offering classes in just a few weeks. April’s theme is ‘Starting From The Ground Up’ and will focus on the relationship between food and the earth as well as facilitating foundation kitchen skills for the beginner as well as experienced cooks. April’s sessions will include: Making Your Own Indoor Worm Composters; Knife Care & Skills; Basics Of Broths & Stocks; Feed Lot VS Pastured Meats; How To Make Home-Made Beverages And Cocktail Mixers and a Special Earth Day Tribute with a very special guest.

The schedule will be posted on  the website: Pound Ridge Organics, where you can also subscribe to the Pound Ridge Organics newsletter. You can learn more by following Pound Ridge Organics on Instagram and Facebook

Grow Your Own

Read about how one beginner gardener has ventured to grow food indoors this winter.

HeatSmart Bedford/Lewisboro/Pound Ridge is Here!

The towns of Bedford, Lewisboro and Pound Ridge announce HeatSmart Westchester! This is a campaign to encourage energy efficiency through climate friendly heating and cooling that will:

  • reduce energy consumption
  • cut greenhouse gas emissions
  • help homeowners reduce their energy bills
  • help homeowners increase their year-round comfort and the value of their homes

The campaign kicks off at Hot Cider and Heat Pumps, a tri-community event at the Bedford Playhouse, on March 4th from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Bedford 2020, the Lewisboro Sustainability Committee, and the Pound Ridge Energy Action Committee have been selected to run the 3-town campaign to promote HeatSmart Westchester from now through October. Through events, tabling and outreach they will provide information to homeowners about opportunities for better building efficiency and highly efficient air and ground source heat pump systems and help homeowners find out if these technologies are right for their home.

Join Comfy the House at the Bedford Playhouse on March 4th, and get a free movie ticket to return!

Clean heating and cooling technologies such as geothermal and air-source heat pumps are now viable alternatives to traditional fuels for many existing homes, providing users with energy bill savings, increased comfort and health benefits.

The first HeatSmart Bedford/Lewisboro/Pound Ridge event will be an informational kick-off at the Bedford Playhouse on Monday, March 4, 2019, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Snow date March 6th. All are welcome to come learn more about HeatSmart. Click here to RSVP.

  • Taste hot and cold (hard or nonalcoholic) apple ciders 
  • Get a free movie pass to return to the Playhouse
  • Meet vetted contractors
  • Learn more about insulation, air sealing, air source heat pumps, geothermal heating and cooling systems, and saving energy
  • Find out about financing and incentives available now

HeatSmart Westchester is sponsored by a partnership of Sustainable Westchester, Energize NY, Abundant Efficiency and NYSERDA, with one simple mission: help local homeowners learn about improved clean energy choices for their homes. HeatSmart Westchester will play a key role in achieving Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s clean energy goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030 and supports his Green New Deal, the nation’s leading clean energy and jobs agenda which would set New York on a path to a carbon-free economy.

For more information about the Heat Smart kick-off meeting dial Energize NY at (914) 302-7300 ext. 1. For information about HeatSmart Bedford/Lewisboro/Pound Ridge click here or contact us at Bedford 2020.

Hot Cider and Heat Pumps

Let us know if you will join us on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 from 7-8:30pm at the Bedford Playhouse for a cider tasting and great information about climate friendly heating and cooling systems like geothermal and air source heat pumps!
Bring a friend!

RSVP HeatSmart Kickoff - Hot Cider and Heat Pumps (Now 3/6/19)

B2020 Board Member Named Finalist!

Karen Sabath and her business partners, her brother Scott Horwitz and college roommate Doris Sung, have developed a technology, the TBM InVert shading system, that was selected as a top 10 finalist in the C40 Women 4 Climate Tech Challenge, with the final selection to be made in Paris in late February.

The InVert system uses thermo-bimetal inside a window cavity that flips when it gets hot from the sun and then reflects the sun’s heat away from the building. This reduces the amount of heat getting into the building, reducing the amount of air conditioning needed to cool the building, and therefore reduces energy and fossil fuel usage.

Karen says, “We are thrilled to have been selected and hope to not only win the competition, but to get even more investors and cities interested in this elegant, smart, energy saving product which we believe can change the world.”

Help us cheer them on! Follow TBM Designs on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook! @tbmdesigns

Amazon Smile Gives Back

You may now support Bedford 2020 with every purchase you make on Amazon! Amazon Smile provides a simple and automatic way for you to support our work in the community by having Amazon make a donation to Bedford 2020 every time you shop.

By clicking HERE or on the image to the left, you will enter AmazonSmile, where you will be asked to sign in to your Amazon account and confirm your choice to support Bedford 2020.

Then, simply shop like you normally do on Amazon by using every time you shop, and Amazon will donate a portion of your payment back to our organization. Easy!

If you prefer just to make a direct, tax-deductible donation to Bedford 2020, visit our Donate page to learn how. Thank you!


Truck Restaurant

Anyone who has driven by Truck in the evenings can attest to the completely full parking lots, something that does not even do justice to the true popularity of this local restaurant. Walking through the doors you are greeted by the tangling vines creating a miniature jungle winding along the steps, before you enter into the boisterous room and catching a glimpse of the many cakes and desserts temptingly on display. 

But while the ambiance and the subtle decor is delightful, it is the food made with fresh ingredients straight from the garden and local farms that has people coming back.  

We had a chance to catch up with Nancy Roper, the owner and founder of Truck to learn some of the secrets that help make the place run and flourish. Truck Restaurant purchases their ingredients from local farms including Sunsprout, Cabbage Hill, Fort Hill Farm, Riverbank, Blue Slope, Happy Acres, Beltane, along with three different places for farm fresh eggs. They also have smaller farms where they purchase more select and seasonable items such as rhubarb, yellow watermelon, or raspberries. Another source of their produce is Hudson Valley Harvest, a network that helps collect and distribute products from local farms to increase access to local food.

They also have a local garden behind the restaurant with different beds of veggies and herbs. Some of the beds are enclosed with bamboo teepees made by Truck’s carpenter from a local bamboo field. 

Everything Nancy grows in her home garden and at the Truck garden is used in the restaurant. From the different beds overflowing with basil and cilantro and a colorful assortment of herbs and vegetables, to the bright orange and blue flowers popping out from the teepees, it is clear that the ingredients used are top notch. The giant squash blossoms and ruby tomatoes are just so temptingly waiting to be picked. And the tip she swears by that makes her two gardens flourish- compost! She put it simply saying, “when the soil is healthy, plants are healthy, the good bugs and birds are healthy.” Their great composting makes for the delicious food that comes out in their kitchen. And if you want to try the local veggie tacos at home, check out the recipe courtesy of Truck Restaurant.

Like Nancy says, composting is key. If you want to start composting join our community compost program and get some tips for composting at home on our Get the Dirt on Compost page.


Summit Speaker Form

Summit Speaker Form

Thanks for being a Climate Action Summit Speaker! Please fill out this form to help us be ready for you on Feb 3rd.

We will contact you to ask for your A/V materials 2 days prior to the event so that we may test them. Please also bring your 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.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.