Town of Mamaroneck Councilwoman Nancy Seligson received an individual Green Seal Award from the The Federated Conservationists of Westchester County (“FCWC”) at its 44th annual meeting on June 4. Ms. Seligson is a long time advocate of restoring the region to a more healthy status. A former FCWC Board member and New York co-chair of the Long Island Sound Study Citizens Advisory Council, she also belongs to several other Long Island Sound (“LIS”) preservationist groups .
“There is one irrefutable fact about Nancy – she loves the Sound,” said FCWC Co-President Steven Levy in presenting the award to Ms. Seligson. “She is a person who has strived continuously to improve the lives of those around her. Residents of the region, both human and non-human, tomorrow or 100 years from now, will benefit from Nancy’s legacy of conservation.”
Ms. Seligson commented that she was thrilled to be honored with the award. “Coming from an organization that I was a part of and is made up of my peers – that kind of recognition is very gratifying,” she said.
Ms. Seligson went on to address the assembled group with her remarks: “Looking at the Sound: Where are we now?” She noted that while progress has been made in protecting our wetlands and the Sound, there is still a long way to go to reverse the effects of years of abuse. “Some of the emerging issues we’re looking at for LIS are the effects of climate change, invasive species, energy siting, and ocean zoning.”
As Ms. Seligson noted in her remarks, Long Island Sound was one of the first bodies of water to be recognized as an estuary of national significance by the National Estuary Program (“NEP”), established by Congress in 1987 to improve the quality of estuaries of domestic importance. Estuaries are among the most productive ecosystems on Earth. They serve as feeding, breeding, and nursery areas for many species that spend most of their adult lives in the ocean. But the Sound’s watershed is also home to more than 8 million people, with millions more flocking yearly to its shores for recreation.
FCWC’s Green Seal Awards for organizational sustainability were also announced at the meeting. One of the awards went to Rye’s new Environmental Advocacy Group and Ashley Craig, one its founders. Another new group in FCWC’s federation of environmental organizations, Sustainable Hastings and its co-founders Deann Cartwright and Elisa Zazzera were similarly recognized.
Rounding out the honorees that evening was the newly formed Bedford Alternative Energy Panel and the Bedford Garden Club (a long-time FCWC member) for their immensely successful Bedford Summit this winter plus their other initiatives to improve Bedford’s sustainability.
About the Federation Conservationists of Westchester (“FCWC”)
FCWC is a county wide non-profit coalition of individual and organizational members working for the past 44 years to protect the County’s environment. It welcomes new members and volunteers. Please call the FCWC office at 914-422-4053 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy of Ms. Seligson’s speech or for membership forms and other information.