Task Force Hosts Sustainable Dobbs Event

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Dobbs Ferry's Nina Orville receives a New York state Climate Smart Climate Award from Joe Martens, state commissioner of  environmental conservation.
Dobbs Ferry's Nina Orville receives a New York state Climate Smart Climate Award from Joe Martens, state commissioner of environmental conservation. Photo Credit: Dobbs Ferry Energy Task Force

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. -- The village's Energy Task Force will host Sustainable Dobbs for residents and business owners at the newly renovated high school dining commons Saturday, May 10, from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Dobbs Ferry recently achieved state recognition for its Climate Smart initiatives. The event will share what has been done in the village to achieve substantial energy savings while offering locals ideas for cutting their own utility bills and reducing their carbon footprint.

The afternoon will begin with an expo with solar installers, energy efficiency contractors, and garden and leaf mulching experts on hand.

Visitors may buy lunch from local restaurateurs as they browse. Featured speakers, beginning at 2 p.m., will be Mayor Hartley Connett; David Yarnold, president and CEO of the National Audubon Society; and Nina Orville, Dobbs Ferry Energy Task Force chair .

Attendees may then participate in group discussions on how to get involved in helping Dobbs Ferry chart new goals in energy and waste reduction, and may pick up compost bins and rain barrels at wholesale prices if they order in advance at the Dobbs Ferry compost webpage.

Tesla and Volt automobiles will be available during the event, and interested people can speak to the cars’ owners (Dobb Ferry residents).

In early April, Dobbs Ferry received the highest level awarded to any New York state municipality for its environmental and energy efficiency programs.The state awarded Dobbs Ferry a bronze certification in its Climate Smart Communities Certification program for its actions to become a more efficient and sustainable community, including reducing greenhouse gas emissions from municipal buildings and streetlights by 45 percent from 2007-13.

The village is on track to save over $1 million over the next 10 years with completed and planned projects.

“Dobbs Ferry is proud to be recognized as an environmental leader in New York state. Our reduced energy purchases, and corresponding 45 percent drop in greenhouse gas emissions for municipal facilities, demonstrate that environmental responsibility is good business," Connett said.

Along with the Energy Task Force, the certification process was led by Liz Dreaper, Dobbs Ferry village clerk and Climate Smart coordinator; and interns Maureen Lackner, a Dobbs Ferry High alumna, and Anthony Costantini of Hastings.

To register, visit the Sustainable Dobbs websiteOnline registrants will automatically be entered into a raffle for a $100 certificate from Harper’s Bar & Restaurant.

Lead sponsors of the event are Gotham Design, Mercy College, Sherry Wiggs/Rand Realty, and William Ford-Sussman/Coldwell Banker. Also supporting the event are Children’s Village, Groundwork Hudson Valley, The Masters School and Sunrise Solar. The Dobbs Ferry school district is hosting the event.
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This promises to be an excellent program. In the same way that mixed use within the Village is important for our sustainability as a community, this event will be mixed use, with vendors providing information on what can be done in our homes, speakers who will update us on what we have done, are doing, and can do in the future, and breakout sessions to give everyone the chance to participate in the discussion. This is your opportunity to assure that mine is not a dominating voice determining the directions that we take as a Village. I hope to see you there!