Westchester Green Business Leaders Share Impacts on Local Communities

L-R Teresita Wisell, Vice President, Workforce Development and Community Education, Westchester Community College, Anne Jaffe Holmes, Director of Education, Greenburgh Nature Center, Anne Kalashian, IT Project Manager/Solution Specialist, United States Tennis Association, Jane Solnick, Director of Public Affairs Westchester, Con Edison, Lauren Tracy, Senior Manager, Strategic Initiatives, United States Tennis Association, Laura Rossi, Executive Director, Westchester Community Foundation, Kevin Plunkett, Deputy Westchester County Executive - John Ravitz, COO, The Business Council of Westchester,  Marie Olenych, Green Team Chair & Executive Office Manager, Arc of Westchester, Dani Glaser, WGBC Program Director, David R. Pospisil, Manager, Commercial & Industrial Energy Solutions, Con Edison, Scott Fernqvist, WGBC Program Director, Photo credit: Mike Dardano, BuzzPotential
October 7, 2016 - The WGBC held its inaugural 2016-2017 speaker series event featuring organizational leaders who are transforming their communities through a commitment to environmental and social sustainability. Panelists shared specific examples of how they are influencing and engaging their communities.
  • Con Edison Neighborhood Program engaged the community in ideas and incentives to reduce energy demand, avoiding the need to build a new power plant. 
  • Arc of Westchester - 70 locations in Westchester. Green initiatives are practiced across all locations and programs from early childhood to wellness and recreation.
  • Greenburgh Nature Center - Collaborating with local schools and businesses on recycling, green products and composting; engaging volunteers to advance sustainability goals.
  • United States Tennis Association - Sustainable initiatives influencing local communities, staff, USTA members, tennis fans and local communities. The US Open features a wide range of initiatives visible to attendees and the new Grandstand Court is the first LEED certified tennis court in the world.
  • Westchester Community Foundation - Supporting sustainable and resilient communities in Westchester including convening & connecting thought leaders, linking national trends to local initiatives and developing livable communities.
Access the 10/7 presentation and video HERE

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