Posted by: teatown | January 3, 2009

Bedford Summit

Jannuary 31st Bedford Environmental Summit is a Must!

The Bedford Environmental Summit  is shaping up to be a fantastic event!  The summit takes place on January 31st, 8am – 4:30pm at Fox Lane High School, Bedford, New York. Tickets for the event are $25 in advance and $35 on the day of the event. Student tickets are $10.

The summit will offer informative lectures and workshops addressing issues such as oil consumption,  climate change, locally-supported agriculture, school greening, and community gardens. With a roster of great speakers and >50 collaborating organizations, the Summit promises to  provide attendees with a better understanding of key environmental issues; information about local green resources; and specific actions that all of us can take.  A locally-produced lunch will demonstrate the viability (and tastiness!) of the local sustainable food movement. Throughout the day, the Summit will promote ongoing, individual and collaborative actions to create a sustainable Bedford community and can be a model for other Hudson Hills and Highlands communities.

A general trend that I have noticed at these kinds of “sustainability expos” is for biodiversity and its role in sustainable living to get limited coverage.  The focus instead is typically on: energy and climate change (converting to renewable sources like solar and geothermal to lower carbon emissions); green building methods; and  transportation alternatives.  These are all important topics, of course, but biodiversity and the ecological services that plants and animals provide us are the foundation for sustainable living.  Nature and functioning ecosystems are the basis for all we  do — and essential for our children’s futures.  So, I was delighted to see that Bedford’s Summit will have a workshop on biodiversity, and I am looking forward to participating on the speakers’ panel.  Teatown also will have a booth discussing the links between biodiversity, ecological health, and sustainable living. 

Please consider joining us at this exciting event on January 31st!  For ticket information and all the details go to





  1. This sounds like an excellent and timely event for our community, and especially great that there will be a biodiversity component— which should be part of any conversation about sustainability.
    Thanks for letting us know about the Summit!

  2. I looked through the program and was happy to see that Rod Christie, formerly the Director of Education at Teatown, is leading a panel on water issues.

  3. The Summit was fantastic! It was great to see a sold out group of 1,000 Bedford and nearby citizens of all ages spending the day learning together about sustainable living. Congratulations to the organizers and all participants!

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