February 2021 TEAC Information – The Hudson Impartial Group Information –
NEWS OF THE MONTH FROM THE TARRYTOWN ENVIRONMENTAL ADVISORY COUNCIL
FEBRUARY 2021 WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT _____________________
This month, we are saying goodbye to a long-time, devoted TEAC volunteer. Take an e-bike journey on a rustic street — wait ’til the snow thaws — and watch Tarrytown change into much more bike-friendly. Stay up for a Springtime with our pollinating buddies. Cook dinner up a yummy spin on an previous standby. And are available to our (Zoom) assembly. It’s Thursday night time! (See the top for the hyperlink.)
A THANK-YOU, AND A BON VOYAGE: Carole Griffiths
We wish to categorical our deepest gratitude to Carole Griffiths, who has devoted herself to the setting and the Village of Tarrytown for many years (over 4 to be extra particular…however who’s counting?!). After a few years of being Chairperson to TEAC, she continued on as a council member and gave a lot wanted steerage with endurance and style. Carole has fought tirelessly to enhance the standard of life for all in Tarrytown and Westchester and we wish to increase a glass to her!
Sadly for us, Carole will likely be shifting out of the world to be nearer to her household, however she guarantees to remain in contact.
Thanks Carole, you’ll be missed.
— Rachel Tieger and Dean Gallea, on behalf of TEAC
(At proper is the Proclamation by Mayor Butler recognizing Carole’s monumental contribution.)
GOOD BUSINESS: GET CERTIFIED AS A BIKE-FRIENDLY NEW YORK BUSINESS ____________________________________
Now that the Tarrytown has each the Shared-Use Path throughout the Mario M. Cuomo Bridge* and the state-spanning Empire State Path — to not point out the Previous Croton Aqueduct Path, the spur trails across the lakes space and the Riverwalk — it’s a reasonably compelling argument: Tarrytown is a real hub for bicycle tourism.
Parks & Trails New York is rewarding and certifying companies that supply lodging to bicyclists, from bike racks out entrance to wholesome, locally-sourced meals. Licensed bike-friendly companies, per the web site, worth their bike owner prospects and attempt to supply the sorts of providers they want.
The “Bike-Pleasant” designation has been awarded alongside the Erie Canalway, however is now open to different companies throughout the state. TEAC would like to see licensed Bike-Pleasant decals in lots of the home windows of Tarrytown’s Most important Road-Broadway companies. We already know we’re “bike-friendly”!
From the Parks & Trails web site:
“Methods to Get Licensed:
Evaluate program necessities
Fulfill required standards and bike pleasant facilities or providers for your corporation class
Your software will likely be reviewed and you could be contacted with additional questions
Obtain your certification packet, and put up your BFNY decal (and optionally available signage)
There is no such thing as a price to take part within the BFNY program. Certification is nice for 3 years. Functions will likely be reviewed on a rolling foundation.
All BFNY-certified companies will obtain a window decal and have the choice to buy sturdy exterior signage. Licensed companies will likely be highlighted in numerous methods, together with being listed on CycletheErieCanal.com.”
“Bike ‘friendliness’ is a not a sure or regardless of. Companies don’t have to supply each amenity or make costly additions to be licensed – a enterprise could already be bike pleasant and never even comprehend it! There are small, incremental modifications and methods to higher welcome bicyclists to an institution.”
*it would all the time be the Tappan Zee to me. :0)
QUIETING THE ROAR GENERAL MOTORS, ELECTRIFIED.
Keen on the roaring diesel sound of your GMC Sierra 1500 truck, and hope to switch it with one other a number of years down the street? You may need to rearrange your priorities: Normal Motors has introduced that they’re phasing out petroleum-fueled automobiles and vehicles. Someday earlier than 2035, these large, carbon-fueled automobiles will likely be redesigned with all-electric drivetrains and the most recent battery know-how.
In line with the NY Occasions, G.M. mentioned its determination to change to electrical automobiles was a part of a broader plan to change into carbon impartial by 2040. “Normal Motors is becoming a member of governments and corporations across the globe working to determine a safer, greener and higher world,” Mary T. Barra, G.M.’s chairman and chief government, mentioned in a press release. “We encourage others to observe swimsuit and make a major influence on our trade and on the economic system as an entire.”
We all know from the success of manufacturers like Tesla that there isn’t any compromise in energy, velocity, or driving vary with well-designed electrical automobiles. The build-out of quick-charging stations is accelerating. With trade cooperation, gasoline and diesel-powered automobiles and vehicles will quickly observe coal-fired energy vegetation into the dustbin of historical past.
POLLINATOR PATHWAYS A NEW GARDEN AT THE WARNER LIBRARY
By Mai Mai Margules
On the snow-covered slope of Warner Library’s garden dealing with Wildey Road, a number of brilliant pink backyard ties herald the location of an thrilling new addition to Warner Library — a pollinator backyard.
In April, TEAC in collaboration with Pals of the Library and devoted volunteers will break floor on a 15’ x 10’ native plant backyard. This demonstration backyard will profit pollinators and residents alike. For our pollinators it would create a lot wanted habitat and meals sources. For our residents it would carry pleasure and consciousness of the very important position that pollinators play inside our ecosystem.
Warner Library is a perfect location for this endeavor. As an important and dynamic a part of the Tarrytown/Sleepy Hole Villages, Warner is on the vanguard in educating our neighborhood and bringing consciousness to vital points. The Library engages residents of all ages and walks of life with its fantastic array of assets. The brand new backyard will enable studying to start even earlier than coming into the constructing.
The creation of the backyard will function a stay studying expertise for guests. The backyard will include host vegetation similar to milkweeds, wild petunia and purple twig dogwood that present very important sustenance to caterpillars. Mountain mint, hyssop and echinacea will ship extra nectar and pollen to visiting pollinators. A background of native grasses will shelter bugs and birds and produce 12 months spherical visible curiosity.
Signage will determine the vegetation and the position that every performs within the native ecosystem. Warner’s in depth seed library could have pollinator pleasant seeds accessible to those that need to create their very own pollinator gardens. Informational hyperlinks and assets will likely be available so that each one of us can “join the dots” each in planting pollinator gardens and in spreading the phrase as to their significance.
As an indication backyard we will likely be championing many elements of environmentally pleasant gardening. Backyard soil will likely be amended with compost from TEAC’s meals scrap recycling program. We are going to use shredded leaves combined with compost to make a terrific mulch that’s price efficient and doesn’t include dangerous chemical substances. No pesticides, herbicides or chemical fertilizers will likely be used. After summer season blooms have light, perennial stalks and grasses will likely be left standing to supply habitat for bugs and overwintering birds. The backyard will thus assist the dwelling world 12 months spherical.
We want your assist to efficiently launch this mission! TEAC and Pals of Warner Library will kick off a Go Fund Me marketing campaign this week titled Bees and Books — Warner Library’s Pollinator Backyard. Please donate what you’ll be able to and share the hyperlink with buddies. That is an unbelievable alternative to showcase vital environmental points to a big viewers within the coronary heart of our Village. Now we have a dedicated group of volunteers who will plant and keep the backyard however we should increase cash for crucial provides and vegetation. Please assist us save our endangered pollinators and begin a name to motion in order that pollinator gardens change into the norm slightly than the novelty. We thanks prematurely on your assist.
Sustainable Westchester, the powerhouse county-wide consortium that gives collaborative applications for solar energy installations, vitality conservation, and electrification, has a brand new government director beginning in late February: Nina Orville has been named to the highest place, stepping up from her prior position shepherding Solarize Westchester, Warmth Good, and the rising Group Photo voltaic program.
Tarrytown residents could bear in mind Nina from her 2015-16 work in aiding the Village with our Solarize Tarrytown mission that offered 29 properties with new solar energy installations at a really low, negotiated group fee. TEAC thanks Nina for these wonderful efforts.
Extra lately, Tarrytown’s Group Photo voltaic mission, one of many first in ConEd’s territory, was introduced on line to serve properties that didn’t – or couldn’t – have their very own photo voltaic with offsite photo voltaic electrical energy at a ten% financial savings over their regular fee. The Group Photo voltaic program is now flourishing within the County largely by Nina’s work in selling it to each vitality producers and customers. To see how one can be a part of, go to https://sustainablewestchester.org/solar/
Nina will now widen her focus in direction of the enlargement of Sustainable Westchester’s position in facilitating County and native cooperation in direction of the lofty targets of the State’s 2019 Local weather Management and Group Safety Act (CLCPA), which guarantees to have 70% of the electrical energy within the State produced by renewable sources by 2030, in addition to fostering local weather justice and job creation.
Kudos to Nina Orville in her new position! We in Tarrytown stay up for extra helpful interplay with Sustainable Westchester as we transfer into a brand new, inexperienced vitality future.
GET OUTSIDE: WHERE CAN I RIDE MY ELECTRIC BIKE? _____________________
In the event you’ve lately determined to make the leap for an electrical bike for commuting, you’ll have additionally found the enjoyment of using an e-bike for pure leisure pleasure.
As soon as sticking to the paved rail trails was sufficient, however since e-bikes successfully flatten out the hills, they open up the probabilities for rides on tougher roads, locations you may need in any other case averted when you’re not in the very best of form, or when you merely need to journey for pleasure, minus the sweat.
Electric Bikeways designs self-guided, turn-by-turn touring routes for you and your electrical bike by a number of the prettiest backcountry filth roads and byways of the Hudson Valley, Connecticut and the Catskill Mountains.
The rides are intentionally routed to remain far-off from something however the quietest roads, so you could not go any automobiles in any respect whilst you’re using.
Most routes are between 10 and 20 miles, to accommodate the vary of most e-bikes on the market. The routes will be downloaded onto your cellphone and with the RideWithGPS app, you’ll be able to hear audible directions, very like the GPS instructions you utilize in your automotive.
(BTW, there’s an ideal choice of e-bikes at Sleek eBikes, on Most important Road in Tarrytown.)
A backcountry street within the Delaware Water Hole is gated and closed, in winter months, to automotive site visitors. However to not bikes.
RECIPE OF THE MONTH VEGGIE BREAKFAST HASH! By James Carsey ____________________Hash is a well-liked dish that’s usually served as a breakfast facet. It’s been round for ages and historically consists of chopped meat, potatoes, and onions. Hash has skilled many culinary interpretations through the years, from comfort-food fashion with bacon, egg, and hollandaise sauce, to Mexican fashion with tomatoes, chilis, black bean and cheddar. Hash Interpretations are limitless.For a more healthy and environmentally pleasant rendition of hash, lose the meat and cheese and add seasonal greens. Voilà, meatless and sustainable! Utilizing seasonal greens is a sensible alternative as a result of it reduces our carbon footprint, and tastes higher due to the native supply. And it’s high-quality to make use of no matter leftover greens you may have round, giving them a brand new life.
2 Tablespoons cooking oil or vegan butter
1/2 Massive yellow onion
2 medium potatoes (any form will do)
1 massive candy potato
2 massive carrots
1 cup of Brussels sprouts
1-2 garlic cloves peeled and sliced
Salt and pepper to style
For the Brussels sprouts, take away the stem, lower in half or quarter them if they’re massive. Attempt to preserve the dimensions uniform. Peel and cube all the opposite greens. Place a big pan over medium warmth. Pour 2 tablespoons of oil into the pan. In the event you added extra greens or chosen bigger ones you’ll be able to add extra oil or vegan butter. This isn’t a precise science: You need a good coat of oil on the greens, however they shouldn’t be swimming in oil.
Add the diced onion, potatoes, and carrots. Sauté for five–6 minutes. Add Brussels sprouts and garlic. Season generously with salt and pepper. Proceed to cook dinner till greens are properly browned. Makes 3–4 servings.
SAVE THE DATE RIVERKEEPER RIVER SWEEP: MAY 1ST _____________________
PUT THIS ON YOUR CALENDAR: The Village of Tarrytown is wanting ahead to the annual Riverkeeper Sweep Cleanup on Might 1st, 2021. Will probably be held from 9am to 12pm. Extra particulars will observe within the coming e-newsletter.
The Hudson River shoreline in Oscawana Island Nature Protect in Croton-on-Hudson. The River Sweep retains plastic bottles and different floating particles out of the river and off these stunning shorelines.
Do you know? You may faucet a Norway Maple tree for sap and make your individual maple syrup, simply as you’ll a sugar maple tree. It’s an ideal “city homesteading” exercise, and it places these “weed timber” to good use!
LOVE YOUR VILLAGE JOINING TEAC IS EASY. JUST COME TO A (ZOOM) MEETING. ________________________TEAC depends on volunteers to maintain issues shifting, and we normally meet on the first Thursday in Village Corridor, One Depot Plaza, at 7:00 PM.In mild of the pandemic, we’ve moved our month-to-month conferences on-line — Zoom-style for now — so you’ll be able to nonetheless pitch in. The subsequent common TEAC assembly will likely be on THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2021. The conferences are open to all.
To affix the assembly, launch your Zoom app, then use the next login credentials: