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Greenburgh Library Hosts Talk On 'Greening Our Parks'

Westchester Land Trust was awarded $30,000 to acquire the 35-acre Otter Creek Preserve in the village of Mamaroneck as part of a transfer from The Nature Conservancy.
Westchester Land Trust was awarded $30,000 to acquire the 35-acre Otter Creek Preserve in the village of Mamaroneck as part of a transfer from The Nature Conservancy. Photo Credit: Contibuted

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The Greenburgh Public Library will host a Conservation Cafe discussion on "Greening Our Parks" on Friday, May 29, from 8:30-10:30 a.m.

The discussion, an initiative of the Bedford-based Westchester Land Trust, will focus on what steps parks, both regionally and nationally, have taken to address sustainability in open spaces. Admission is free.

Many parks and open spaces are increasingly looking at how they can advance their missions through sustainable operations on their lands. These can include, but are not limited to, alternative energy projects, waste reduction initiatives and pollution prevention projects.

By many accounts, parks and open spaces are leaders in sustainability, yet many of these projects remain secondary attractions to the natural resources that we seek out when visiting these locations.

Speakers for the program include:

  • Alyssa Cobb, the assistant commissioner for parklands and planning for the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, who will discuss sustainable initiatives in New York City parks.
  • Anne Jaffee-Holmes, director of conservation and sustainability education at the Greenburgh Nature Center, who will highlight green actions taken at Greenburgh Nature Center.
  • Ron Schulhof and Michelle Sterling of the Scarsdale Forum Sustainability Committee, who will present on the development of an "eco-comfort station" facility on the Scarsdale Middle School campus serving the school fields and tennis courts.

A panel discussion with a question-and-answer session will follow the formal presentations. The Greenburgh Public Library is at 300 Tarrytown Road, Elmsford. Participants should register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/greening-our-parks-conservation-cafe-tickets-16870981560 .

Conservation Café programs provide a forum for dialogue about current environmental issues. Sponsors are Pace University, Grassroots Environmental Education, Teatown Lake Reservation, the Greenburgh Nature Center, Federated Conservationists of Westchester County, Mianus River Gorge and Westchester Land Trust. Conservation Café is on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ConversationsOnConservationWestchester .

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