NY’s Plastic Bag Ban is ON!

NY’s Plastic Bag Ban is ON!

The bill went into effect on March 1, 2020, and yet there is still mass confusion about the legislation. The law gives authority to each municipality (county or city) to impose a mandatory 5 cent fee on paper bags or not. In absence of a mandated fee (as in the case...
A Short and Easy Guide to Pollinator Pathways

A Short and Easy Guide to Pollinator Pathways

What is a pollinator? A pollinator is an animal that spreads pollen from one part of a flower to another, enabling the plant to reproduce, Common pollinators are bees, butterflies, moths and other insects, although larger animals, like hummingbirds, can also be...
A Short and Easy Guide to Pollinator Pathways

Pol­li­na­tor Path­ways 101

by James Carsey, TEAC Volunteer Published in The Hudson Independent, Nov. 2019 Whether you are a seasoned gardener with a yard full of head-turning peonies or you are a rookie that just learned the difference between annuals and perennials, chances are you’ve heard...
Unnecessary Noise: A consequence of our gasoline culture

Unnecessary Noise: A consequence of our gasoline culture

by Dean Gallea The other day I was enjoying a quiet bike ride along the Hudson River, near the Sleepy Hollow lighthouse where some sort of photo shoot was going on. My reverie was shattered by the cacophony of three “cigarette” boats (long, narrow speedboats) roaring...
Heat Pumps: Stay Warm, Be Cool, Save Money AND The Climate

Heat Pumps: Stay Warm, Be Cool, Save Money AND The Climate

by Dean Gallea – June, 2019 In case you haven’t heard, Con Ed has slapped a moratorium on most new natural gas hookups in lower Westchester for the foreseeable future. They say that, with many people having switched from expensive oil to cheaper – and...
Spotlight on Greenwashing

Spotlight on Greenwashing

by Dean GalleaIs It Really Eco-Friendly?I’ve recently seen serviceware (plates, utensils, cups, etc.) products offered online as “eco-friendly”, using wheat straw as a component. Wheat straw is a by-product of wheat farming, and is normally collected and used as...
A Pledge for a Tree: Fly Less

A Pledge for a Tree: Fly Less

Ahead of Earth Day, we’ve been hanging our Earth Day Pledge Trees around town. These are large posters with the design of tree branches. The idea is, you pick up one of the leaf-shaped sticky notes, write a thoughtful pledge onto the leaf and then stick it to...
Spotlight on Greenwashing

PAPER OR PLASTIC? (neither!)

GOOD BAN, BUT LET’S PUSH THE STATE TO CHARGE FOR PAPER, TOO. While we support Gov. Cuomo’s proposed statewide ban on single-use plastic bags, Tarrytown Environmental Advisory Council will keep advocating for a small fee on paper bags as well. With the...
Taking “Zero Waste” to the Next Level in Tarrytown

Taking “Zero Waste” to the Next Level in Tarrytown

So you’ve got your countertop compost bin. You’re minimizing your food waste with “Leftover Night”, and you’re planning your meals ahead of time to really use everything in your fridge. What else can you do to reduce your plastic...
New Trails at Tarrytown Lakes Park

New Trails at Tarrytown Lakes Park

EXPLORE THE WOODS AND FIELDS. Three new walking trails lace the woods surrounding the Tarrytown Lakes park. The work of volunteers, the trails are well-blazed, but they need your foot traffic to keep them well-groomed. On the new green-blazed trail, you can explore...