Local Inspiration: What our neighbors are doing for the environment

We had a chance to learn about what other towns and villages in Westchester are doing for the environment at “Greening Our Towns,” organized by the Federated Conservationists of Westchester and the Greenburgh Nature Center.

Here’s a tiny sample of the projects that came up:

It’s inspiring to see what our neighbors have been able to accomplish, and we look forward to learning from their experiences!

2015: Highlights

We’re fortunate to have a fantastic team with a lot of diverse experience, and in our first full year back, we’ve been working on getting officially reestablished, getting to know the community better, and making Sleepy Hollow more sustainable on a variety of fronts:

  • We helped clean up and beautify our village as part of the Sleepy Hollow Beautification Day and Riverkeeper Sweep, and we’re looking forward to continuing this in 2016!
  • We also partnered with the Tarrytown Environmental Advisory Committee on the Eco-Fair and were at the Sleepy Hollow Village Fair.
  • We developed a mission statement and can now be found at the Sleepy Hollow and Mid-Hudson CSC websites.
  • Our team is continuing work with the Village on a variety of initiatives, like getting Complete Streets passed, suggesting improvements on a new development for bikes and pedestrians, and working with our neighbors in Mount Pleasant to develop a Natural Resources Inventory.

We’re also planning on achieving Climate Smart Communities certification, which will help unify the sustainable efforts taking place around Sleepy Hollow. Got a project to tell us about? Email us at sleepy.hollow.eac@wordpress.com

Eco-Fair 2015

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Thanks to everyone who showed up to the Eco-Fair on Saturday!

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We had a recycling game for kids, tons of information about invasive plants and safer streets, water conservation ideas, and info on where to reuse and recycle.

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We had a great time working with our neighbors in the Tarrytown Environmental Advisory Council and other local environmental organizations, including a solar-powered band!

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It was also a great opportunity to explore all that the TaSH farmers market had to offer!

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Check out the rest of our photos on our Facebook page.

If you’d like to help us out at future events, please email us at sleepy.hollow.eac@gmail.com and keep an eye out for us at the Sleepy Hollow Village Fair on October 17th!

Mission Statement

Our mission statement:

The purpose and mission of the EAC is to help build awareness and support for the development, management and protection of Sleepy Hollow’s natural resources; to assist and provide input into the drafting of environmental local laws designed to provide protection for our natural resources; and to participate in environmental reviews when requested by the Board of Trustees or the Planning Board.

Learn more about who we are on our new “About” page!

Sleepy Hollow Cleanups on May 9th – Volunteers Needed!

This year, we’ll be running two cleanups in Sleepy Hollow as part of the 2015 Riverkeeper Sweep on May 9th. Please sign up at the links below!

Devries Park: 11:30am – 1:30pm Sign up here!

Douglas Park: 2:30 – 4:30pm 11:00am – 1:00pm Sign up here!

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Feel free to bring friends and family along for one or both and to email us with any questions!

International Inspiration: Repair Cafe

I recently stopped by the Repair Cafe in Lille, France. On the third Tuesday of each month, anyone is welcome to bring broken objects by and volunteers will try to fix them.

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It’s an initiative that started a few months back by Le Jardin des Bennes in an effort to reduce the amount of material that gets thrown out. Volunteers work on fixing everything from stick blenders, CD players, stereo systems, electric heaters, and more.

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The event is held at the Maison Regionale de l’Environnement et des Solidarites, which also has a resource library with books about the environment, hosts workshops on how to make detergent, has nature walks around the region, and much more.

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Do you know how to repair appliances or other objects? Let us know at sleepy.hollow.eac@gmail.com!