Announcements

2021 Annual Membership As the new year begins, NYSACC asks that you continue your annual membership, or if you are not presently a member, consider joining.  Here’s a link to our membership page on our website:  NYSACC Membership – NYSACC | New York State Association of Conservation Commissions.  Membership is also open to NGO’s, students, individuals, and for-profit companies. 2021 NYSACC 50th Anniversary Conference on the Environment The 2021 Conference on the Environment will be hosted by the CACs and county government of Westchester County, located in the lower Hudson Valley.  Due to the continuing uncertainty of the effects of the pandemic this coming year, no decision has yet been made whether this will be an in-person conference or virtual.  While there is no substitute for meeting in person as networking is one of the most important assets of conferences, if we go virtual, we promise you an imaginative and informative conference using the most engrossing software available.  For a peek at a possible virtual conference provider, use this link to see a demo of a conference site called Gathertown:  Demo – Conference.  Use your arrow keys to move your avatar around the conference rooms.  You can go into meeting

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FOCUS ON A CONSERVATION ADVISORY COMMISSION

    Village of Scarsdale Conservation Advisory Council By Michelle Sterling michellesterling1@gmail.com  and Ron Schulhof rkschulhof@gmail.com Over the last several years the Scarsdale Conservation Advisory Council (CAC) has been instrumental in launching sustainability initiatives throughout Scarsdale and Westchester County. Initiatives include: Food scrap recycling (municipal and schools) Furniture donation Take it or leave it shed Textile recycling Designing an updated Village recycling guide Updating Village Tree Code LED streetlights Streamlining solar application process Municipal Fleet Electrification Sustainability article series Leaf mulch mowing education The Scarsdale CAC is happy to share information about each of these programs.  Scarsdale is a suburban community about 30 minutes north of New York City.  These initiatives can be scaled to larger or smaller municipalities, urban or rural settings, or even individual schools or organizations.   Municipal Food Scrap Recycling Scarsdale CAC members collaborated with the Scarsdale Department of Public Works to bring the first municipal food scrap recycling program to Westchester County.  In January 2017 Scarsdale opened a food scrap recycling drop-off site at the Scarsdale Recycling Center.  Residents are able to bring their food scraps to the drop-off site and from there the food scraps are taken offsite to a commercial composting facility and turned into useful

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