For Immediate Release
February 14, 2011
on Critical Issues Facing Residents
Conservation, recycling, sustainable
living and development among many other topics to be discussed at County’s
First Event of its Kind
(New City, NY)
– The Town of Clarkstown continues promoting
environmental awareness by hosting Rockland
County’s first Environmental Summit at
High School, 31 Demarest Mill Road in West Nyack on March 5, 2011 from 9:30am to 4:15pm.
groundbreaking Summit is a free event, open to the public, offering a full day
of workshops, exhibits, demonstrations, a free eco-mini camp for children run
by Clarkstown’s Parks and Recreation Department
(grades K-5) and a youth summit (grades 6-12).
With a roster of speakers representing some of the best minds on
environmental policy, the Summit
will provide attendees with a better understanding of global and local
environmental issues, information about local green resources, and specific
action steps for what we can do within our community to promote environmental
awareness, sustainability and conservation.
“The Town of Clarkstown continues
leading municipalities throughout the County in fostering environmental
awareness,” said Clarkstown Supervisor Alex Gromack.
"This event will highlight the many greening initiatives of the Town of Clarkstown, as well as provide residents with concrete measures to make
environmentally conscious decisions."
An expo of
approximately 50 booths will provide a hands-on opportunity to experience the
work of non-profits, businesses, student and community organizations that are
advancing the environmental cause.
Throughout the day, the Summit
will promote ongoing, individual and collaborative actions to create a more
“I am very
excited that Clarkstown is hosting the County’s first environmental summit,”
said Councilwoman Shirley Lasker, who organized and
initiated the event. “This is a wonderful opportunity for the whole family to
join with others in their community to learn and discuss a variety of issues
concerning our environment. There will be workshops on topics ranging from climate
change to how to make your house more energy efficient and government
incentives and grants aimed at reducing your carbon footprint.”
The Summit will address issues
such as energy and water conservation, local food supply, recycling, green
building, green careers, gardening and landscaping, biodiversity and local
ecology. The goal of the summit is also to develop summit outcomes elicited
through resident responses and surveys that will result in a Climate Action
Plan to reduce Clarkstown’s emissions by 20% by the
speaker is Professor Karl Coplan, Co-Director of the
Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic for over 15 years, in addition to a
featured address from author, professor, and food-nutrition-gardening expert
There will also
be organic and vegetarian food vendors on site for breakfast and lunch. The vendors include: Pie Lady and Son, True
Food, Nyack Main Essentials, and Food Evolution. Menus are available on our website.
A mobile shred
truck will also be available for residents to bring documents for secure
shredding and recycling between 10 am and 1pm.
partners in organizing this event include the Clarkstown
District, Cablevision, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Keep
Rockland Beautiful, Orange
and Rockland Utilities, Rockland BOCES, Rockland Farm Alliance, Rockland County
Solid Waste Management Authority, Allbright Electric,
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), and Hands to Mouth
pre-register on the Town’s website www.town.clarkstown.ny.us.
Look for Environmental Summit on the bottom of the home page. The first 100 pre-registered participants to
check in at the event will receive an environmental gift bag. Onsite registration for the event starts at
8:30am. The town is also looking for
volunteers to help on the day of the event.
Anyone interested in sponsoring or making donations can do so through
sponsors include: Town of Clarkstown, Clarkstown Central
School District, Orange and Rockland Utilities, Hudson Baylor
Corporation, Starbucks New City, Culligan of New
City, Rockland BOCES, Bee Alive, and Weleda.
information about this event please visit our website at www.town.clarkstown.ny.us,
email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 845-639-5759.
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