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'Sustainable Scarsdale Day' Spotlights Environment

SCARSDALE, N.Y. – Spring has sprung, and Scarsdale is turning the spotlight on its natural environment. On Friday, Mayor Miriam Levitt-Flisser led a group in an Arbor Day ceremonial tree planting at Village Hall. On Thursday, Friends of Scarsdale Parks will hold its annual meeting. And on Saturday, the Scarsdale Forum, the Village Board of Trustees and Scarsdale Schools will team up to present 'Sustainable Scarsdale Day' from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Scarsdale Middle School.

Sustainable Scarsdale Day highlights ways residents can help preserve the environment of Scarsdale and the world in general. Among the highlights: Village residents who have installed solar and geothermal energy systems will share their success stories; scientists from Cornell Cooperative Extension will present the latest information on sustainable horticulture and composting practices for homeowners; and the Scarsdale High School Garden Club will sell vegetable and flower seedlings for planting in backyard gardens or patio containers. The Friends of Scarsdale Parks will be giving away free native tree seedlings until supplies run out.

Presentations and workshops include a program on pest management, a talk about energy audits and reducing your energy bills, a talk and how-to about the village's leaf-mulching initiative, a talk about geothermal projects in the village, solar energy and more.

Among exhibitor scheduled for the day are the Girl Scouts, Weinberg and Greenberg Nature Centers, the Native Plant Center of Westchester and Bronx River-Sound Shore Audubon Society.

In addition, there will be a free concert by Grammy-winning folk singer Tom Chapin, whose music often focuses on environmental issues.

A full schedule of activities can be found on the Sustainable Scarsdale website .

On Thursday, the Friends of Scarsdale Parks annual meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the third floor meeting room at Village Hall. The public is invited for light refreshments and a presentation on the State of the Parks by Suzanne Busby, Scarsdale's superintendent of Parks, Recreation & Conservation, and Eric Gerringer, deputy superintendent of public works.

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