Learn why plastic bags are problematic for the environment, where they end up, and what can be done about them during the Conservation Café  “Bag the Plastic: the Effects of Plastic Bags on the Environment” Friday, November 6, at the Greenburgh Public Library.

Speakers for the program will include:

•    Patti Wood, co-founder and Executive Director of Grassroots Environmental Education, who will discuss the problems plastic bags posse for the environment;

•    Anne Bobroff-Hajal, member of Eco-Neighbors in White Plains, who will present research she has conducted on the impact plastic bag legislation has had on various local communities;

•    Catherine Parker, Westchester County Legislator, who will discuss proposed legislation for a plastic bag ban for Westchester County;

•    Nancy Seligson, Supervisor of the Town of Mamaroneck, who will highlight actions that individual communities can take to “ditch the plastic.”

A panel discussion with a question-and-answer session will follow the formal presentations.

The program runs from 8:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. 

The Greenburgh Public Library is located at 300 Tarrytown Rd, Elmsford, NY 10523.

Admission is free. Pre-registration is requested at

Conservation Café offers a forum for constructive dialogue about current environmental issues and is sponsored by Federated Conservationists of Westchester County, Grassroots Environmental Education, Greenburgh Nature Center, Mianus River Gorge, Pace University, Teatown Lake Reservation, Westchester County Parks, and Westchester Land Trust.

Conservation Café presents: "Radioactive Gas in our Pipelines: What can be done about the gas coming into our homes and businesses?" on Friday, October 4, 2013 at Pace University in the Gottesman Room, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Presentation: Albert F. Appleton: Senior Fellow, The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design, Associate Adjunct Professor for Sustainability; former Commissioner, NYC Department of Environmental Protection

Jeff Zimmerman: Environmental Attorney and Radon Expert

Sheila Bushkin-Bedient, MD, MPH: Member, Institute for Health and the Environment at SUNY Albany and Concerned Health Professionals of NY


  • Overview of what radon is and concerns regarding new developments in our area
  • Environmental law and disclosure exemptions
  • Developments regarding proposed local legislation
  • Health risks associated with radon exposure
  • Panel discussion with question and answer session

For homeowners, public officials, educators, students, health professionals, environmentalists.

Admission is free.

Registration begins at 8:15 a.m.

Sponsors: Westchester County Parks, Friends of Westchester County Parks, Pace University, Grassroots
Environmental Education, Teatown Lake Reservation, Greenburgh Nature Center, Federated Conservationists of Westchester County, Mianus River Gorge and Westchester Land Trust.

Pace University is located on Bedford Road (Route 117) in Pleasantville, NY.

Next Conservation Cafe 


The dangers of improper disposal of medications will be the topic of an upcoming Conservation Café event, titled “Medicines on Tap: Prescription for Disaster,” Friday, Dec.  3, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. (registration 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.) at the Greenburgh Public Library. Environmentalists, hospital and nursing home administrators, municipal officials, students and the public are invited to learn about the consequences of pharmaceutical dumping and the outlook for solutions to this ongoing environmental problem.

Dr. Kenneth Spaeth, M.D. M.P.H., will present local and national data pertaining to pharmaceuticals in our water. Dr Spaeth is  director of the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Center for the Department of Population Health at North Shore University Hospital, Hofstra School of Medicine. David Skelly of Yale University will discuss the potential environmental effects. Sarah Garvan of the Westchester County Department of Environmental Facilities will outline the county’s Medication Take-Back Day program. Moderator is Gina D’Agrosa, water master for the county’s Department of Planning.

A question-and answer session will be included.

Pre-registration is requested by calling (914) 864-7326 or e-mailing   by Dec. 1. Admission is free. Coffee will be provided by Coffee Labs Roasters.

Conservation Café programs provide a forum for dialogue about current environmental issues.

Sponsors are Westchester County Parks, Pace University, Friends of Westchester County Parks, Inc., Teatown Lake Reservation, Greenburgh Nature Center, Greenburgh Public Library, Mianus River Gorge Preserve, Federated Conservationists of Westchester County and Coffee Labs Roasters.

Greenburgh Public Library is located at 300 Tarrytown Road, Elmsford, NY.