Saturday, February 3, 2018 | Fox Lane High School, Bedford, NY

The Bedford 2020 Climate Action Summit addressed 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.

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Policy-makers, environmental and business leaders, elected officials and community members came together to do something about Climate Change!

Be a part of these solutions:

  • 100% Renewable Energy
  • Electric Vehicles
  • Solar Pollinator Gardens
  • Communicating Climate Change
  • Carbon Tax
  • Food and Soil
  • Home of the Future Expo

Keynote Speakers:

    • David Yarnold, President and CEO of National Audubon Society
    • David Gelber, Creator and Executive Producer of The Years of Living Dangerously

Visit the Speakers Tab for a full list of speakers and links to bios.


February 3, 2018   (snow date: February 4)

8:00am Registration Opens
8:30 am Expo Opens
8:45 – 9:30 am Welcome and Opening Keynote Addresses
by David Gelber and David Yarnold
9:45 – 11:00 am Kickoff Session:
How Do We Get to 100% Renewable Energy?
11:15 – 12:15 am Session #1 — Expo/Lunch or choose:
• Bringing Clean Energy Home: Community Choice Aggregation
• Food and Fumes
• Soil Regeneration: Storing CO2 and Feeding Us Better
• Climate Change and Fossil Fuel Aware Investing
12:30 – 1:30 pm Session #2 — Expo/Lunch or choose:
• Communicating Climate Change
• Locally Generated Renewables
• Pollinator Friendly Solar
1:45 – 2:45 pm Session #3 — Expo/Lunch or choose:
• Electric Vehicles
• Carbon Tax
• Reducing Food Waste
• Getting Environmentalists to Vote
3:00 – 4:00 pm Session #4 — Expo/Lunch or attend:
• Invite Only Session for Municipal Leaders/Committee Members
• Invite Only Session for Environmental Leaders/Activists
4:00 pm Expo Closes


The Most Impactful Sessions on Topics that Will Move the Needle

The Bedford 2020 Climate Action Summit will feature national leaders in the fight against Climate Change as Keynote Speakers and in breakout sessions. Sessions will focus on
implementing and creating powerful Climate solutions. Click here for the Press Release.

How Do We Get to 100% Renewable Energy?

A rapid transition to 100% renewable energy is critical to combatting climate change. We now have the power to make our clean energy future a reality. Your house can be a power plant, your car a battery and your community a source for local renewable energy. This session will explore how we as individuals and communities can control the prices, sources and usage of our own power. Topics will include community solar, rooftop solar, community choice aggregated energy purchases, electric vehicles, battery storage, innovations in demand response and more.

Locally Generated Renewables:
Take Charge

You have the power to bring local renewable energy to our homes and our communities. Programs like Solarize, Community Solar, Geothermal and Demand Response put you — the consumer — in charge of both the supply and usage of energy. This panel of renewable energy experts and program leaders will present solutions, new programs, and best practices in the region to give you the tools to bring local renewable energy home.

Food and Fumes

What we eat has an enormous impact on climate change — in fact, the meat industry generates one fifth of all greenhouse gas emissions.  If each person ate one less hamburger per week, it would be the emissions equivalent of taking your car off the road for 320 miles. Hear how a small shift toward plant-based foods has an outsized impact on our carbon emissions and learn about a community-wide Meatless Monday campaign to eat better and more sustainably.

Soil Regeneration and
Natural Climate Solutions:
Storing CO2 While Feeding Us
and Breathing Better

Soil and forestry could be the key to climate health.  What if forestry management and agriculture production shifted to where carbon sequestration and soil health were valued?  According to scientists, we can reduce carbon emissions, sequester carbon in forests and the soil, and capture 100% of the planet’s current annual CO2 emissions using mother nature.  In this session, learn about forestry and agricultural methods that focus on carbon sequestration and soil health that can feed the world, address climate change and provide clean air and water.

Climate Change-Aware
and Fossil Fuel-Aware Investing

Despite increasing discussion about the role of fossil fuels in an investment portfolio today, many investors remain unsure of the impact of greenhouse gases and climate change on their investments. Navigating the steps to generate financial returns, while also benefitting the environment can be daunting. In this session, we will discuss a roadmap for investors to understand the range of investable approaches available related to climate change and fossil fuel aware investing.

Communicating about Climate Change

How can we inspire the world to move the needle on Climate Change? We must cap­ture hearts and minds and make solutions deeply personal. Leading-edge experts will explore the power of storytelling and other communication techniques that have been effective in moving individuals to action. The panel will also showcase creative ideas for messaging that will empower everyone seeking to mobilize the public.

Carbon Tax: What Is It?
Why Should I Care? What Can I Do?

Is placing a tax on carbon pollution a silver-bullet solution to fighting Climate Change? This session will explain the concept of a carbon tax; examine the pros and cons; explore the major hurdles to enacting a carbon tax; and give participants specific steps they can take to support a NY State tax on carbon pollution.

Getting Environmentalists to Vote: Solving the Environmental Voter Turnout Problem

Environmentalists aren’t voting as much as they ought to. Getting environmentalists to vote  will shift the agenda and progress on environmental issues. Recent advances offer hope for the future. Big data and predictive modeling have revolutionized how modern political campaigns identify and communicate with voters. Meanwhile, a new generation of behavioral scientists have changed our understanding of why and how people decide to vote. These advances present some counter-intuitive and exciting discoveries, while also suggesting both good and bad news for the environmental movement. With fresh data from recent elections, polls, and predictive models, this session will discuss how mod­ern political campaigns identify and mobil­ize voters, how that impacts environmental policy at the local, state, and federal level, and some easy ways for you to help turn environmentalists into better voters.

Reducing Food Waste
to Cool our Planet

America sends 52 million tons of food to its landfills each year! Food that is wasted is heating up the planet, yet people who need food are not getting it. This panel will explore ways we can promote better food policies to reduce waste and how individuals can divert food waste to feed the hungry, regenerate our soil or be productively re-purposed.

Bringing Clean Energy Home: Community Choice Aggregation

Take control of your community’s electric supply with Community Choice Aggregation (CCA). The opportunity to choose and bargain for your community’s electricity supply is a game changer. CCA empowers your community to demand renewable energy, negotiate fixed pricing, reduce electricity bills, increase resiliency, and create a market for local renewable energy. This session will feature forward-thinking municipal leaders, energy experts and climate change activists who will showcase the benefits of CCA, current and emerging CCA models, and provide the tools you need for demanding CCA in your own community.

Pollinator-Friendly Solar

This “big idea” will advance renewable energy, protect pollinators (bees, birds and more), and support local agriculture. Adding pollinator friendly native plants under and around ground mounted solar arrays has many benefits: reduction in O&M costs for solar developer; increased community support for solar; protection of pollinators; and increased productivity of adjacent farmland. Panelists, representing farmers, native plant experts, eco-landscapers, and solar developers, will discuss successes, challenges and the amazing opportunities pollinator friendly solar can bring to our communities.

Electric Vehicles: On the Road
to Our Clean Energy Future

An EV is not just a car. It is the key to transforming our electric grid and shifting to 100% renewable energy. From clean transportation to battery storage to resiliency, EVs lay the groundwork for a clean energy economy. This session will explore challenges and opportunities to make EVs universal. Come hear from policy makers, clean energy entrepreneurs, advocates, and business leaders about incentives, infrastructure, advocacy, and how, by supporting EVs, we will drive into a clean energy future.


Keynote Speakers

List in formation.

David Gelber

Creator and Executive Producer,
Years of Living Dangerously

David Yarnold

President and CEO,
National Audubon Society


List in formation. Click for pictures and biographies.

Lynn Arthur — Chair, Southampton Sustainability Committee
Ron Bowen — Founder and President, Prairie Restorations
Noam Bramson — Mayor, City of New Rochelle
Chris Burdick — Supervisor, Town of Bedford; CEO, Sustainable Westchester
Marcia Bystryn — President, New York League of Conservation Voters
Ellen Rouse Conrad — Co-Founder and Co-President, Bedford 2020
Rob Davis — Director, Center for Pollinators in Energy, Fresh Energy
Katy Franklin — Operations Manager, ReFED
Ron Hernandez — Managing Director, The Monday Campaigns
Linda James — Chair, Town of East Hampton Energy Sustainability Committee
Ron Kamen — CEO, EarthKind Energy
Brent Kim — Program Officer, Center for a Livable Future
Jay Lippin — Executive Chef, 
Crabtree’s Kittle House
Brendan Murphy — Watershed Forester, Watershed Agricultural Council
Katherine Nadeau — Deputy Director, Catskill Mountainkeeper
Will Nicholas — Northeast Regional Sales Manager, Tesla Motors
Nina Orville — Director, Solarize Westchester; Principal, Abundant Efficiency
Eric Pooley — Senior VP for Strategy and Communications, Environmental Defense Fund
Karl Rábago — Executive Director, Pace Energy and Climate Center
Michael Rauch — Project Manager, Renewable Highlands and BQ Energy
David J. Ringer — Chief Network Officer, National Audubon Society
David Sandbank — Director of NY-Sun, NYSERDA
Dana Smith — Campaign Manager, Meatless Mondays
Nathaniel Stinnet — Founder and Executive Director, Environmental Voter Project
Carter H. Strickland, Jr. — New York State Director, Trust for Public Land
Brad Tito — Program Manager, Communities and Local Government, NYSERDA
Luke Tonachel — Director, Clean Vehicles and Fuels Project, Natural Resources Defense Council
Lily S. Trager — Director of Investing with Impact, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
Glenn Weinberg — Director, Joule Community Power, Joule Assets
Dan Welsh — Program Director, Westchester Power
Frank Zappone — Deputy Supervisor, Town of Southampton


Sponsor this action-oriented summit!

This Summit will present the most impactful solutions around Climate Change and inspire action by the 1,000 attendees including individuals and leaders at the corporate, municipal, regional and state levels.

Widely-promoted by Bedford 2020 and our Partners throughout the region, the Climate Action Summit information will reach tens of thousands of highly-engaged residents of Westchester, Long Island, and the Hudson Valley before and after this event.

Don’t miss the opportunity to support this important Summit and show your support for Climate Action by signing up for one of our limited Signature Sponsorships at the following levels:

  • Climate Champion
  • Climate Protector
  • Climate Supporter

Click here to learn more about becoming a sponsor.


Thank you to our valued Partners

Throughout Westchester, Hudson Valley and Long Island,
these Partners are helping bring this action-oriented event to life.


The Expo will bring the most impactful Climate Change solutions to life

The Summit will not only feature experts, innovators and changemakers at the forefront of the fight against Climate Change, but also a dynamic Expo that will showcase both existing solutions as well as those on the brink of becoming reality.

Each element of the Summit is designed to inspire action, including the Expo! The Expo will include highly interactive and engaging displays that will provide attendees with tangible actions they can take related to our Summit topics.

We have an amazing line up of vendors and organizations joining us at the Expo:

  • 5 Spoke Creamery
  • 511NY Rideshare
  • Arogya Tea
  • Bedford 2020 Action Area
  • Bedford 2020 Healthy Yards
  • Bedford Audubon Society
  • Bedford Farmers Club
  • Bedford Garden Club
  • Bedford Hills LIVE
  • BH Upcycled Designs
  • Bionutrient Food Association
  • Bronx River – Sound Shore Audubon Society
  • Cabbage Hill Farm Foundation
  • Citizens’ Climate Lobby
  • Con Edison
  • Croton Energy Group Inc.
  • Eileen Fisher Leadership Institute
  • Electric Vehicle Owners Corner
  • Energize Bedford
  • Federated Conservationists of Westchester County
  • Food & Water Watch
  • Glynwood
  • Grassroots Environmental Education
  • Green Jay Landscaping
  • Healthy Home Energy & Consulting, Inc.
  • Hilltop Hanover Farm & Education Center
  • Hudson Valley CSA Coalition
  • Hudson Valley Natural Beekeepers
  • Meatless Monday with Bedford 2020
  • Mill River Supply
  • MowGreen LLC
  • National Audubon Society
  • New York League of Conservation Voters
  • Nissan Of New Rochelle
  • NOFA Organic Land Care Program
  • Passive House Alliance US-Hudson Valley
  • Pearl’s Premium Lawn Seed
  • Pound Ridge Land Conservancy
  • Pound Ridge Organics
  • Resist Spectra, Stop the Algonquin Pipeline Expansion (SAPE), Safe Energy Rights Group (SEnRG)
  • Riverkeeper
  • Robert Siegel Architects
  • Ross Solar
  • Rowan Energy Integration
  • Rusticus Garden Club
  • Scenic Hudson, Inc.
  • Second Chance Foods, Inc.
  • Sierra Club
  • Slow Food Metro North
  • Standard Hydrogen Corp.
  • Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
  • SunBlue Energy
  • Sunrise Solar Solutions LLC
  • Sustainable Hudson Valley
  • Sustainable Westchester
  • Tesla
  • The PowerMarket
  • UConn Master Composter Program
  • Westchester Land Trust

…and more!

Please note this year’s Expo is now SOLD OUT!

Municipal Leaders

Attention Westchester, Hudson Valley and Long Island Municipal Leaders:

Are you flooded with information and lacking adequate resources to address Climate Change in your community?

Come to The Bedford 2020 Climate Action Summit!
  • Learn the most effective steps your municipality can take to reduce GHG emissions and achieve 100% Renewable Energy
  • Hear a step-by-step plan presented by elected officials and program leaders who have been successful in the region
  • Keep one step ahead as the demand for action expands in the region
  • Find out about regional initiatives that could benefit your community
  • Learn how to leverage the tools to create economic and environmental benefits in your community, including Community Choice Aggregation, Energy Efficiency, Community Solar, Geothermal and EV’s
  • Gain access to professionally produced 1- to 2-minute videos and print material to share with your constituents
We want to highlight your participation at the Summit!
  • Access to VIP Green Room for interviews with local and regional press
  • Participation in Green Room interviews for Summit Video to be shared widely immediately post-event
  • Photo opportunities throughout the day
Sign up and learn more!
  • Registration opens January 3, 2018

Click here for the Summit Overview for Elected Officials (PDF)

Click here to sign up for:

  • Green Room Interviews and photo ops
  • Share your community’s climate goals
  • Suggest challenges or programs you would like to address


New York League of Conservation Voters   •   Bedford Central School District


Betsy Davidson, J.M. Kaplan Fund   •   Rowan Energy Integration