Campaigns

Key to our mission, our campaigns are programs designed to reduce carbon emissions. Each campaign has a target number of carbon emissions savings. Want to get involved in a campaign or have ideas to share? Contact us!

Carbon Emissions Cutting Campaigns

Community Solar

Leaders – Patty Buchanan and Leo Wiegman

Croton’s very own solar farm that benefits Croton residents in many ways has been fully subscribed.  This is a Community Solar Project initiated by the Village of Croton Sustainability Committee.  Croton’s Department of Public Works (DPW) rooftop has been leased to Ecogy Energy to own and operate a 301 kW dc system, that is estimated to produce 344,000 kWh of solar electricity. That is enough to power 40 to 50 local households.  Under this Community Solar program, residents (including renters who have their own utility account!) enrolled for free to have solar credits included in their Con Ed utility bill, that will provide a 10% discount.

The solar panel installation work was conducted by our local green business Croton Energy Group.  Notably, Leo Wiegman is a founding partner in Croton Energy Group and he is Croton100’s President.  Croton Energy Group is helping to fuel this virtuous cycle by donating its portion of customer acquisition commissions from this Community Solar project to Croton100.  This extraordinary public-private collaboration benefits Croton taxpayers, utility customers who enroll, Croton100, and supports a local green business.

You can learn more about this project in our blogs here and here.    

The Croton Village Sustainability Committee is planning more such projects.  We’ll keep you posted of future opportunities to enroll in Croton based community solar projects.  In the meantime, consider enrolling in other community solar projects that are open to all New York State Residents that are administered by Sustainable Westchester’s Community Solar Programs.

Target carbon emissions savings: 2,000 tons 

Leader – Leo Wiegman

Our Plan – Weekly (or more frequent) online carbon tracker audit sessions for groups of up to 20 residents. We’ll initially draw from Friends of Croton100 groups then branch out to the community. Each online session will be led by a trained Carbon Tracker volunteer. Our goal is for each household to complete their carbon tracker and plan on immediate carbon reduction tactics. 

Volunteer Opportunities – Need volunteers to organize groups of participants.

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Target carbon emissions savings: 1,000 tons 

Leader – Sheryl Goldberg

Our Plan – Achieve carbon reductions from the comfort of home that require minimal effort and/or expense (some are free). 

Volunteer Opportunities – Need volunteers to spread the word about specific initiatives through individual contacts, social media, letters to the editor, and more.

Couch, Carbon Cutting page.

Leader – Patty L. Buchanan

Our Plan – Croton100’s Electric Vehicle (EV) Campaign includes a focus on a challenging campaign to persuade the Croton School District to transition its 45-vehicle fleet to electric vehicles.  

Although the School District has been fully educated about the perils of continuing to use fossil fuel vehicles and urged to buy its first electric school bus, it has, instead, doubled down on buying new fossil fuel vehicles in budget year 2020-2021.  Despite Croton100’s advocacy campaign, the School used all of the 2020 voter approved $225,000 transportation bond funds and an additional $78,750 in New York State aid in conjunction with the Bond to buy four fossil fuel vehicles this year.  It did not use any of its transportation funds to decarbonize its fleet.  

Croton100 is concerned that the School has refused to cut carbon emissions from its transportation fleet by about 5% this year to reach net zero emissions by the year 2040.  This is the carbon emission step-down the School needed to make to meet its responsibilities to the community in keeping with the call to action by the world’s leading scientists who have warned us all that if we are to avoid irreversible catastrophic eco-disasters, we must make “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society.”

We encourage you to learn about Croton100’s Electric School Bus Campaign. To help you, we have prepared a comprehensive FAQ document for your education. We also have more information about electric school buses in our Resources Tab.  We have also written extensively about this campaign over many months on our blog.  

Volunteer Opportunities – Croton100’s Electric Vehicle Campaign is multi-faceted.  We welcome volunteers who would like to help with the electric school bus issue and develop other electric vehicle campaigns. Please click here to connect with us.

Target carbon emissions savings: 1,400 tons 

Leader – John Habib

Our Plan – Drive carbon reductions in public spaces and services, including Houses of worship; Municipal operations in Village of Croton and Town of Cortlandt; Schools; Metro North yard; CVS, ShopRite; Banks, restaurants, shops.

Volunteer Opportunities – Need individuals to work with us on each sector

Target carbon emissions savings: 3,000 tons 

Leader – Leo Wiegman

Our Plan – Bring the Town of Cortlandt into the Westchester Power Program (Community Choice Aggregation) with 100% renewable energy electric supply option in 2020 for all its residents, including those who live in the 10520 zip code.

Volunteer Opportunities – Need help to lobby for the Cortlandt town council for the change and recruit Cortlandt residents who support clean energy. Note – this program is in place for the Village of Croton-on-Hudson – this effort is to extend it to the town of Cortlandt.

Target carbon emissions savings: 1,000 tons 

Leader – Patty Buchanan

Our Plan – Use data from NYSERDA and other sources to locate and analyze carbon reduction activities, such as solar panel installations, community solar enrollment, electric vehicle registrations in 10520 to include in Croton100 Carbon Tracker.

Target carbon emissions savings: 1,400 tons

Leader – Joel Gingold

Our Plan – Convert large power users in Croton-on-Hudson to Green Electricity and produce a continuing reliable revenue stream to Croton100.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • To visit prospective participants to explain the program and solicit membership – training will be provided (outreach to start after coronavirus shutdown ends)
  • To create a poster/logo to be displayed by all participants certifying their use of Green Electricity

Target carbon emissions savings: 9,000 tons

Leader –  Leo Wiegman (Solar), Patty Buchanan (EVs), Susan Sammon (Airline Offsets), Bob de Angelis (Heat Pumps)

Our Plan – The idea is to get groups of people involved, e.g., book groups (these are the “rows” of the matrix), in a campaign such as solar or EVs or heat pumps or diet modification (these are the “columns” of the matrix) and then interest the group in all the campaigns to get a multiplicative factor of carbon reduction.

Volunteer Opportunities – We need help to build collateral around individual campaigns such as EVs, Solarize, Community Solar, Heat Pumps and Airline Offsets, and to develop campaigns in conjunction with Sustainable Westchester.

Sustainable Actions

Our Plan – Recruit and educate residents to plant vegetable gardens (modeled after WWII Victory Gardens).

Volunteer Opportunities – Need individuals to lead educational efforts, seed and plant sharing, gardening tips, and more.

Our Plan – Encourage experimenting with more plant-based meals through various activities such as online classes and discussions, recipe postings, and ultimately working with our wonderful community to offer more plant-based options at our local food establishments.

Volunteer Opportunities – Education and outreach about increasing vegetarian and vegan cooking and eating.

Our Plan – Develop clusters of yards/properties to establish pollinator friendly plantings to provide essential habitat for pollinators.

Volunteer Opportunities – Need individuals to enlist groups of neighbors and educate them about sustainable and earth friendly landscaping.

Our Plan – Educate and facilitate home composting wherever possible, and advocate for village compost collection program.

Volunteer Opportunities – Need individuals to educate neighbors and demonstrate successful composting of both food scraps and leaves.

ONLINE APPOINTMENTS

Office Hours / Carbon Tracker App Session

1 hr | Free

Online carbon tracker audit sessions for groups of up to 20 residents. Each online session will be led by a trained Carbon Tracker volunteer. Train households to complete their Carbon Tracker and plan on immediate carbon reduction tactics.

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