Save the Date: February 3, 2018, Fox Lane High School, Bedford, NY

The Bedford 2020 Climate Action 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.

Registration will go live January 2, 2018.

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Calling all policy-makers, environmental and business leaders, and community members who want to do something about Climate Change now.

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

Don’t miss Keynote Speakers:

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


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.

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.

Soil Regeneration:
Storing Co2 and Feeding Us Better

Soil could be the key to climate health. What if agriculture production shifted to methods where soil health and carbon sequestration were valued? According to scientists, we can reduce carbon emissions, sequester carbon in the soil and capture 100% of the planet’s current annual CO2 emissions. In this Session, learn about alternative agricultural methods that focus on soil health and carbon farming, such as regenerative agriculture, managed grazing and silvopasture, that can feed the world and address climate change.

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.

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 Meat-Free Monday campaign to eat better and more sustainably.

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: reduces O&M costs for solar developers; increases community support for solar; protects pollinators; and increases productivity of adjacent farmland. Panelists, including beekeepers, farmers, native plant experts, and solar developers, will explore obstacles, challenges, and why this is an amazing opportunity for NY state.

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 Yarnold

David Yarnold is an accomplished enter­prise executive with a blended career in the for-profit and non-profit sectors leading organizations through significant trans­-

formation and growth. From his most recent success steering the turnaround of the 112-year-old National Audubon Society to positioning the Environmental Defense Fund as the top conservation partner for global corporations to transform­ing The San Jose Mercury News into one of the best and boldest newspapers, David has delivered excellence and results.

A visionary, agile leader with an uncon­ventional career arc, David has repeatedly demonstrated his ability to adapt, respond to new challenges, solve complex problems and navigate crisis situations during pivotal points of an organization’s evolution.

David excels at assembling high-caliber, cross-disciplinary leadership teams, developing efficient, innovative organizations, raising funds — and communicating a compelling brand story, a defining strength cultivated early in his career at The Mercury News where he earned a Pulitzer Prize and pro­gressed up the leadership ranks to Execu­tive Editor. Throughout his career, David has demon­strated a steadfast com­mitment to equity, diversity and inclusion and has proven to be an influential civic leader.


David Gelber

David Gelber is the creator and executive producer of “Years of Living Dangerously” the award-winning television series on climate changes. When asked why he got

involved in this project Gelber replied, “I covered about ten war zones in my years at 60 Minutes, but this story, global warming, is just as dramatic — and more important — than any of them. We’ve spent three years figuring out how to tell the story in ways that are absolutely riveting — and with the same editorial integrity that guid­ed us at 60 Minutes. I’ll bet you won’t see anything on TV this year that’s more entertaining, more informative and more important than ‘Years of Living Dangerously.’ ”

David Gelber served as Ed Bradley’s producer at 60 Minutes for 25 years, during which he won every major journalism

award, including a Peabody, two DuPont Awards and eight Emmy Awards.

During the nineties, Gelber was executive producer of Peter Jennings Reporting at ABC News. He spent two winters in Sarajevo producing documentaries on the Bosnian Conflict. He returned to CBS News in 1996 to head the Ed Bradley Unit. Most recently, a story he did with Scott Pelley on medical charlatans who peddle bogus stem cell therapy to patients dying of ALS won the Emmy for Best Investigative Story of 2010 by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Rob Davis, Director, Center for Pollinators in Energy

Fresh Energy

Rob Davis is a director at Fresh Energy where he leads the nonprofit organization’s work building partnerships to realize numerous benefits from America’s accelerating transition to clean energy. Davis’ work on pollinator-friendly solar has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy and featured in training by the Electric Power Resource Institute and the U.S. Department of the Interior’s National Conservation Training Center. Previously, he helped launch technology start-ups and created the international crowdsourced campaign that launched the Firefox web browser. Davis is a two-time recipient of the Teresa Du Bois Exline Award for Best Practices in Communications and Marketing and a graduate of Macalester College.

Ron Kamen, CEO

EarthKind Energy

Sustainable Westchester retained Ron and his firm, EarthKind Energy, to create its Clean Transportation Program, which aims to triple the number of Electric Vehicles (EVs) in the county by 2020. In its first year, the Clean Transportation Program secured dramatic discounts for the Nissan Leaf and BMW i3 EVs, and helped municipalities secure grants and discounts for municipal fleet EVs and charging station infrastructure. The program now aims to increase the number of EV charging stations and expand aggregation discounts to additional EV sedans, as well as electric buses and trucks.

While President of the NY Solar Energy Industries Association, Ron led the campaign that culminated in the $1B NY Sun program.  He built and managed successful wind power & solar energy marketing, sales, and public education campaigns, and is a recognized coalition builder with the renewable energy industry, distribution utilities, Energy Service Companies (ESCOs), government leaders, and environmental organizations.

Eric Pooley, Senior Vice President for Strategy and Communications

Environmental Defense Fund

Eric is notably the author of The Climate War: True Believers, Power Brokers, and the Fight to Save the Earth (Hyperion, 2010), which Bill Clinton hailed as “a riveting tale” and “the very first account of the epic American campaign to get serious about global warming.”

Eric has written about climate politics for Time, Slate, Bloomberg News and other publications. In the fall of 2008 he studied press coverage of the issue at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where he was a Kalb Fellow at the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy. He was a featured commentator in Heat, the 2008 PBS Frontline global warming documentary, and has appeared on Nightline, Charlie Rose, The CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, Larry King Live, Anderson Cooper 360, All Things Considered, and many other programs.

Glenn Weinberg, Director, JouleCommunity Power

Joule Assets

Glenn Weinberg manages JouleCommunity Power, which partners with municipalities to develop innovative energy procurement models while advancing energy reduction, energy management, and clean energy goals amidst an evolving regulatory environment. He is responsible for spearheading Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) programs across New York State and beyond. Glenn served as the inaugural Program Director of Westchester Power, New York State’s first CCA program, and was been instrumental in the design and implementation of the program. Before joining Joule, Glenn taught environmental sociology and urban sustainability at the City University of New York.


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

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Thank you to our valued Partners

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

Summit Partners promote the event to their constituencies.

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Bedford 2020’s Expos are Amazing!

Each element of this event will be designed to encourage participants to take action, including the Expo! If you want to apply to be in the Expo, click here for more information.


Betsy Davidson, J.M. Kaplan Fund