2016 Highlights

In 2016, we managed to both make progress on initiatives that we’ve been working on since our start as well as work on new issues that came up. Here’s a round-up of what we accomplished this year:

  • Public events/outreach: We had a few different events this year:
    • 3rd annual Riverkeeper Sweep: This year, we had clean-ups at Douglas Park, Devries Park, and along Route 9. If you’re interested in helping out with the 2017 cleanup, please let us know at sleepy.hollow.eac@gmail.com
    • Table at the TaSH (Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow Farmers’ Market)
    • Meeting at Kendal on Hudson
    • Establishment of info table at the Warner Library
    • Eco-fair with Tarrytown Environmental Advisory Committee
      • The theme for our table this year was the 3 R’s (reduce, reuse, and recycle).
        • We had our recycling game out for children to learn how to sort out recyclables from non-recyclables, along with updated information  about the new recycling guidelines (available herenote that beverage cartons are now recyclable!).
        • We also had a survey about plastic and reusable bag use (created with the help of our very first intern!) and shared resources such as our guides to reuse/recycling near 10591.
        • Along with TEAC, there was also a “Leave a tote, take a tote” table, available for anyone to donate extra reusable bags that they had in their homes or take a reusable bag if they needed one.
      • We also had a petition for a sidewalk in front of Sleepy Hollow high school and middle school.
  • Resolutions: This year, the Board of Trustees passed resolutions adopting Complete Streets and supporting a Westchester County-wide plastic bag and styrofoam containers ban.
  • Our members are also involved in creating a Natural Resources Inventory and Route 9 study; meeting with the Scenic Hudson Trails Committee; responding to the East Parcel draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) and Edge-on-Hudson; and supporting the Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan.
A huge thanks to the village of Sleepy Hollow, the Tarrytown Environmental Advisory Council, Riverkeeper, Kendal and Warner Library staff, and all the volunteers who’ve helped over the course of the year! If you’d like to get involved, whether for an hour a year or once a month, please let us know at sleepy.hollow.eac@gmail.com.
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