NEWS OF THE MONTH FROM THE TARRYTOWN ENVIRONMENTAL ADVISORY COUNCIL
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MARCH 2021
WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT
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This month, we're celebrating a ban on those pernicious packing peanuts, a win for the pollinators in Tarrytown, and a real step forward for greenhouse gas emission reduction. We're seriously looking forward to a River Sweep this year, 'cuz it's out on the water! Cook up a warm and comforting lemon soup, then grab a glass of wine and come to our (Zoom) meeting. It's Thursday night! (See the end for the link.)
GOOD BUSINESS:
GET CERTIFIED AS A BIKE-FRIENDLY NEW YORK BUSINESS
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Polystyrene Foam Ban




Photo credit: Sierra Club

In 2020, New York State adopted the nation's strongest statewide ban of expanded polystyrene, single-use foam food containers, and polystyrene packaging materials known as packing peanuts.

Polystyrene is a concern for the environment, as well as human health and safety.

It is difficult to recycle and one of the top 10 contributors of environmental litter, causing negative impacts to wildlife, waterways, and other natural resources, as well as littering communities and natural areas.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' National Toxicology Program has listed styrene, a chemical found in expanded polystyrene foam, as a reasonably anticipated human carcinogen that can be transferred from expanded polystyrene foam containers into food and beverages that people consume.
 

CLEAN NEW YORK:
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REDUCING GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS IN NEW YORK

 


Efforts over the past decade to reduce emissions from the power sector have made New York's electricity some of the cleanest in the nation, and now transportation is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in New York.

The State is also working to reduce GHG emissions (including methane and hydrofluorocarbons) from buildings, food waste and agriculture.
 

And the State has huge aspirations for future improvements…

  • Limit statewide greenhouse gas emissions to 40% of 1990 levels by 2030 and 85% by 2050

  • A plan to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions across New York State's economy

  • 70% renewable electricity by 2030

  • 100% zero emission electricity by 2040

Read more @ https://www.dec.ny.gov/energy/99223.html

POLLINATOR PATHWAYS
UPDATE: A NEW GARDEN AT THE WARNER LIBRARY 
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By Mai Mai Margules


In April, TEAC in collaboration with Friends of the Library and dedicated volunteers will break ground on a 15’ x 10’ native plant garden.

This demonstration garden will benefit pollinators and residents alike. For our pollinators it will create much needed habitat and food sources. For our residents it will bring joy and awareness of the vital role that pollinators play within our ecosystem.