Leo Wiegman is co-founder of Croton Energy Group, a solar energy firm. Leo is former Mayor of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, former Executive Director of Sustainable Westchester, and previously worked for three decades in book publishing. Since 2010, Leo has written two books and dozens of articles on sustainability topics and been a frequent speaker on these topics. Leo holds a BS from Tufts University.
In his own words: “Climate disruption is already underway and will further erode how we grow food and find water and avoid disease, let alone how we heat and cool our homes or travel to work or play. Our goal is to help each household know what their contribution toward that disruption is in terms of emissions. We then offer each family a tool they can customize to their lifestyle to plan to reduce their emission year over year with concrete, quantifiable metrics.”
Chandu Visweswariah is the Founding President and CEO of Utopus Insights, a global renewable energy software company headquartered in Valhalla, NY. Prior to co-founding Utopus Insights, Chandu led a worldwide Smarter Energy and Environmental Science team at IBM Research. He was named an IBM Fellow, the highest technical honor conferred by IBM, in 2013 for his seminal work in semiconductor chip design automation.
Chandu holds a PhD in Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He is an IEEE Fellow with a book, over 100 publications and 119 granted patents to his name. He has been a Croton resident since 1993 and was a co-founder of Croton100. He lives a low-carbon lifestyle in a zero-carbon house that he and his wife built in Croton.
In his own words: “Climate change is the compelling challenge of our lifetimes. For the sake of future generations, we must embrace personal responsibility and chart a measured course to net zero emissions. We can do this!”
Mary Florin-McBride has an MBA in Finance from NYU Stern School of Management. Prior to her retirement, she had an extensive career in banking finance, having served almost 30 years in Crédit Lyonnais/Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank in New York and Paris. Most recently she was Interim Chief Credit Officer at the Primary Care Development Corp., a non-profit which finances and counsels health care clinics targeted at underserved communities, and was involved with the financing of the Hudson River Healthcare clinic in Peekskill.
She has served on the Finance Committee of Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church in Croton for close to ten years, was an early member of its Care for Creation Ministry and is a current member of its steering committee organizing the Sunday Sustainable Seminar Series. Mary has been a tenacious advocate to limit the perils of global warming.
In her own words: “I’ve been fortunate to have had environmental mentors from a young age, who brought home the twin messages of respect for the earth and responsibility for our actions. Today I’ve learned so much from the many speakers and members of Care for Creation, and am passionate about the need to move the climate game forward on all levels: self, home, community, nation and beyond.”
Patty L. Buchanan is a trained Climate Reality Project Leader and Co-Chair of the Climate Reality Project, Westchester Chapter. She was a founding member of Croton100. She is a retired lawyer, having provided legal services to low income clients for 5 years, followed by a 20-year career in the United States Department of Justice. Patty is a life-long member of the Croton community.
In her own words: “I joined the Croton100 Board because the mission to methodically cut carbon emissions through the use of the Carbon Tracker, with a 5% per year step-down approach is an inspiring way to achieve community goals. I also believe Croton100’s way of making necessary, rapid, and unprecedented changes will be successful through its ‘neighbors influencing neighbors’ approach.”
Daniel Oppenheim spent his life innovating at the intersection of art, technology and science. Born and raised in Israel, his compositions were performed worldwide and twice represented his home country in the prestigious World Music Days. After receiving his doctorate from Stanford University, Daniel was invited by IBM Research to start its computer music center. There, for over two decades, Daniel carried out research in music, creativity, computer science, cloud and cognitive computing (AI).
Daniel has been a Croton resident for over 25 years. His son, Ron, graduated Croton Harmon High School (CHHS), and today Daniel is a member of the Croton Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
In his own words: “I fully embrace Croton100’s mission to reduce all carbon emissions by 2040. As founder of ethiTech.org I am committed to help CURE100 lay a technical foundation that will interconnect like-minded communities world-wide so they can learn, help, collaborate and increase their aggregate power to drive change.”
Steven Bluestone has worked for most of his career as a developer, general contractor, and property manager, producing thousands of units of housing and tens of thousands of square feet of retail space. He has been an industry leader in energy efficiency for decades and continues to research new products and innovative building methods. He has spoken at dozens of building and energy conferences throughout the country to help inspire the industry to reduce overall energy and water consumption.
Steve lived in the Croton area for 24 years and his daughter Ruth graduated from Croton Harmon High School. After moving to Hillsdale, NY several years ago to live in the net zero Passive House certified home he and his wife Kathy built, he decided to embark on the Roe Jan project, incorporating his experience to make the building one of the most efficient micro-breweries built to date. In the past, when he wasn’t working, he could be found hiking mountains, riding his touring bicycle, performing for 30+ years with the “The Bouwerie Boys” (a NYC-based “Morris” dancing group), or drinking his favorite beverage, beer.
In his own words: “Croton/CURE100 will serve to raise critical awareness of the impact of climate change and the effects that our personal lifestyles, habits and decisions can make towards lowering our carbon footprints immediately and for the long run.”