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.