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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Presidents Message

Happy 50th Birthday NYSACC! 2021 is NYSACC’s 50th Anniversary Year, and we want it to be our break-out year. For those of you who don’t know us, the New York State Association of Conservation Commissions is an independent 501(c)(3) not-for-profit education organization that provides leadership in the development of vital environmental programs for cities, towns, and villages throughout the State of New York. We bring millions of people – government officials, environmentalists, students, citizens, private companies – all committed to preserving, protecting, and enhancing the built and natural environments in New York communities. This year we want to expand our services into all parts of the state. We want to continue reaching out to the 200 active Conservation Advisory Commissions in New York and provide you with good information you can use in your home municipalities. And we want you to join NYSACC!   But we also want to contact those municipalities without CACs and ask you to consider forming a municipally appointed volunteer environmental advisory council for your city, town or village. We want to be the umbrella organization for groups like Tree Boards, Coastal Management Commissions, and Sustainability Councils, who have no statewide group that represents their interests. We

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Announcements

2020 Conference on the Environment After a very strong start by the Westchester County 2020 Conference on the Environment planning committee, it was unhappily decided that they could not predict conditions this fall due to the virus, and have decided to cancel this year’s conference. The planners of the conference have requested to sponsor the conference next year in Westchester, and will meet this fall to decide whether or not to hold the conference in the spring or fall of 2021. NYSACC’s Board of Directors has contacted the NYSDEC about holding a remote meeting this fall, similar to the very successful one held in October, 2019. DEC is reviewing this option very seriously, and we’ll have more information in our next newsletter. There is a strong desire on NYSACC’s part to have a statewide meeting this year, especially under the severe impact to CAC’s from the pandemic, as well as the increasing effects of climate change on our environment.   NYSACC is Looking for Contributors to NYSACC News We would like to get articles about what your CAC’s/CB’s are doing, opinion pieces, environmental cartoons (especially related to CAC/CB activities), links to organizations that would be of interest to our members,

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ASK NYSACC

Question: Our CAC is going to be talking to our village board about leaf blower restrictions. We are putting together slides to show the health and ecological issues. Does anyone have slides or material they could share with us?   NYSACC Response: Check out these contacts: “Leave Leaves Alone” http://www.leaveleavesalone.org/  Leave Leaves Alone! was developed by a group of Bedford, NY, residents in 2011, most of whom were Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners, concerned about the environmental pollution and destruction of soil properties caused by the practice of leaf blowing. Our message goes far further than our small town and our mission is to educate landscapers and homeowners on the value of leaves and leaf mulch; to remind them that nature is there to do most of the work for us, and that fall leaves are a great natural resource that should be valued and not regarded as trash. “Huntington C.A.L.M” https://huntingtoncalm.org/ Huntington CALM (Clean Alternative Landscaping Methods) provides education and outreach on the health and environmental impacts associated with highly polluting, noisy landscape equipment in their Long Island town. Our mission is to move the commercial landscape industry to zero emission, quiet, sustainable practices, starting with the elimination of the

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