Take the Meat-Free Monday Pledge

Mondays: February 5 – April 23


Take the Meat-Fee Monday Pledge

Make the simple commitment to take meat, chicken and fish off your menu one day a week for 12 weeks and replace them with fruits, vegetables and whole grains to help us reach our Climate Action goals!

Together, we will reduce our carbon footprint and conserve resources. Pledge to participate and Bedford 2020 will measure how much your participation reduces greenhouse gas emissions during the campaign.

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions

Click here to Take the Meat-Free Mondays Pledge

Click here to sign up for Bedford 2020 Meat-Free Monday updates.

Leaf Blowers: Time for a Change

Bedford 2020 is working with the Town of Bedford to educate our community on the environmental issues associated with using gas-powered leaf blowers. It’s not just about the noise, but gas-leaf blowers are highly polluting, bad for topsoil retention and very damaging to bird and insect habitats.

The Town of Bedford has produced a brochure about the issues associated with leaf blowers and why to take action. Click here for the brochure in English and in Spanish 

Why take action?

Where leaf blower use is limited, communities become quieter, and lawns better fed, without leaf blowing.

  • Gas-powered leaf blowers disrupt peace and quiet in neighborhoods; their operation often exceeds the town noise ordinance.
  • Leaf blowers can spread plant disease, damage plants and destroy habitats.
  • Valuable topsoil can be blown away and remaining soil compacted.
  • Fallen leaves, rather than being blown and removed from a property, can be chopped into mulch to feed lawn and garden soil.

Air quality improves when leaf blowers are not used, bringing health benefits to everyone – including landscape workers.

  • Leaf blowers propel into the air particulates and dangerous contaminants — dirt, dust, pollen, fecal matter, mold, fungus spores, pesticides, herbicides, lead, organic and elemental carbon.  Absorbed into the lungs, particulate matter can increase the number and severity of asthma attacks, bronchitis, and other lung diseases, particularly among children and the elderly and landscapers.
  • The hydrocarbon emission of a half-hour of yard work with a two-stroke leaf blower is equivalent to that of 40 cars idling for an hour. In one hour, a gas leaf blower can send five pounds of particulates into the air, emitting carbon monoxide, nitrous oxides, and hydrocarbons.
  • A ban on leaf blowing in the summer months is especially beneficial because the effects of emissions from gas-powered machines are worse in warm weather.

What can you do to reduce these effects?

  • Instead of blowing leaves off a lawn, set your lawnmower blades on high and mow right over the leaves, creating nutritious mulch for the grass.
  • Leave cut grass on the lawn; it’s a soil nutrient.
  • Use electric blowers, which are quieter and less polluting, and now cost no more than gas-powered machines.
  • Reduce noise by running blowers at the lowest throttle speed and for the minimum time needed.
  • Only operate one blower at a time and do not idle.
  • Use rakes or clean up garden beds by hand.
  • On pavement and driveways, do final clean up with a broom.
  • Avoid blowing debris into neighbors’ yards, the street and towards windows and doors.
  • Don’t blow near people and pets.
  • It is not necessary to spend time cleaning up every leaf in a yard while fall is still under way. The yard will be covered in leaves again within a short while.

For more information visit Healthy Yards.

Sweet Potato Egg Bake

A Sweet Potato Egg Bake will work perfectly with local eggs and leftover sweet potatoes mixed up as a mash with bacon, cheese an herbs (mash recipe below). Put the mash in a ramekin and top with an egg. Bake at 375 for 10 minutes. Great way to avoid wasting those delicious leftover sweet potatoes.

Black Green Friday

Pound Ridge Organics has set up an Ask the Chef Thanksgiving Leftover Hotline Friday November 24, 2017, to assist the Bedford 2020 community with creative meal planning with your holiday leftovers! Phone lines will be open from 10:00-4:00 (914) 764-3006 or email off-hours – they will respond to every inquiry in a timely manner.

 Visit Baker Bettie for more Thanksgiving leftover ideas.
Click here for more information about Pound Ridge Organics and their delicious local eggs.


Recycling Discount

Between Single Stream Recycling and Community Compost (or composting on your property), you will have very little trash.

If you have less than 35 gallons waste, you should get a discount on your curbside trash pick up.

Contact your carter

City Carting

County Waste

Winter Brothers

And say:

I am calling about the Recycling Discount. I understand that B2020 has asked and you have agreed to give a recycling discount for all curbside customers who have les than 35 gallons of waste. I am such a customer and I would like to get the discount.

Become a Community Partner

Bedford 2020 will be hosting a Climate Action Summit on Saturday, February 3, 2018, at Fox Lane High School in Bedford NY. We hope that you will join us as a Partner!

The Bedford 2020 Climate Summit will address the urgent need for immediate, local and regional action – from Westchester County to the Hudson Valley and Long Island  – to create and implement solutions to Climate Change in the 11 counties surrounding NYC (with a population of 4,870,000 and 314 municipalities).

The event will engage 1,000 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 Bedford 2020 Climate Action Summit webpage and in signage at the Event.  We ask Summit Partners to spread the word about this Summit to their constituents a few times before February 3rd.

Our Partners also may choose to attend a strategy Session, 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.

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 us or 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 Summit will address the urgent need for immediate, local and regional action – from Westchester County to the Hudson Valley and Long Island  – to create and implement solutions to Climate Change in the 11 counties surrounding NYC (with a population of 4,870,000 and 314 municipalities).

The event will engage 1,000 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.


The Climate Action Summit will be heavily promoted through local media as well as 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 of Hudson Valley, Westchester, and Long Island who are motivated around accountability, sustainability, and energy independence. Sponsor names will be included in all promotion efforts.

Sponsor Information

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, 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.

Sponsor Application

Sponsor Application


Signature Sponsorship Opportunities Available:

Climate Champion: $10,000

  • 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 admission tickets (includes lunch)
  • Access to VIP/Media room at the Event

Climate Protector: $5,000 

  • 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 admission tickets (includes lunch)
  • Access to VIP/Media room at the Event

Climate Supporter: $3,000

  • Billing as a third tier Sponsor
  • Sponsor name on publicity materials, website and Event signage
  • Complimentary Expo table
  • 2 admission tickets
  • 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!

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!

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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Avoid Pesticides

If we buy toxins to control “pests” in our gardens, is it any wonder that they do their job and kill plants and beneficial insects?

Pesticides and herbicides, both conventional AND organic, work so well that in the last 20 years the worldwide bee population has declined by over 40% and the butterfly population by 60%. Bird populations that rely on these pollinators to feed their young, and humans who depend on the same pollinators to grow our food, are impacted as well.

Pesticides are linked to these devastating declines, as well as to human cancers, hormone imbalances and neurological impairments. Yet, American homeowners purchase more than  one billion pounds of pesticides every year. This, combined with the overuse of herbicides (including the very toxic glyphosate – marketed as RoundUp) have caused our lawns to become the biggest, most toxic, ‘crop’ in the USA.

Most homeowners are not aware that more than 90% of a pesticide application does not reach its actual target, but ends up in our waterways, killing other organisms and harming ourselves.

Pesticide warning sign on a park lawn.

Pesticides create a deadly cycle by doing exactly the opposite of what they were intended to do: promote the growth of pests by eliminating their natural predators.

There is plentiful evidence of the negative impacts to humans and their pets of pesticides and herbicides. While many countries have drastically limited or banned the use of these harmful pesticides, the US government is loosening its safety requirements, and postponing consideration of the possible dangers of these chemicals.

If we want to keep these poisons out of plants, our air, soil and water — and ourselves —  the restraint must begin at home.

A healthy yard is a yard without pesticides. There are many beautiful yards in our area that prove that pesticide-free yards are perfectly possible, and are not difficult to achieve.

More About Pesticides and Alternatives:

Beneficial Insects from Cornell Entomology Dept.

Weed without chemicals, use steam!

10 Reasons to Ditch your Lawn and Garden Chemicals, by NOFA

Beyond Pesticides has a great website on the topic!


Click here for more tips on having a Healthy Yard and follow our Healthy Yards Facebook Page.

Energized Homeowners Spread the Word

Calling all Energized Homeowners!

Become Energize Bedford ambassadors by agreeing to any and all of the easy outreach methods below:

  • Yes! I will send out an email to 2-4 of my friends about my Energize Bedford (We’ll give you a sample email.)


  • Yes! I will post a blurb on my social media about my Energize Bedford (We’ll give you a sample social media post and a graphic to share.)


  • Yes! I will put up an Energize Bedford Lawn Sign that says “Ask me about my Warm Home & Hot Savings” and be willing to explain my energy efficiency assessment and upgrades when people ask me. (We’ll give you the lawn sign and a fact sheet.)


  • Yes, I will attend your “Warm Homes/Hot Savings” Launch Event at the Bedford Hills Train station on Thursday, October 5 at 7pm. (We’re having craft beer, snacks, entertainment, and info about Energize Bedford. Having Energized homeowners like you there will let other homeowners ask you questions in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. (We will make it fun!)


  • And yes! I’ll invite a few of my friends who have not yet Energized to come to the October 5th event!




  • Yes! I will send you a photo of my Energized home! (And we would love to have you and your family in the photo!)


Energized Homeowner Form

If you checked any of the above, thank you! We will follow up with materials for you.

Energize Bedford is a non-profit partner of Bedford 2020 and Town of Bedford.