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Those of you who are familiar with the Alley Pond Environmental Center are also familiar with its mission to educate children and adults, protect our open spaces and waterways, and advocate for environmental policies. In addition I would also hope that in your personal lives you try to live greener and with a smaller carbon footprint.  As I’ve said in past newsletters you can’t underestimate the power of the individual. So in keeping with that belief and to celebrate the New Year, we at APEC would like to ask you to make the following resolutions:

- Put on a sweater.  Remember, when you turn up the heat in winter, you are probably burning fossil fuels.

    - Put one foot in front of the other.  Using fuel-efficient cars is important, but we can save more fuel by driving less. Take the bus, train, or walk.

    - Reuse. Go for seconds or thirds with those containers and bottles and ink cartridges.

  • - Watch your waste.
    Items you may be throwing away can contaminate the soil for generations to come. Watch where you dispose of oil, batteries, and those extra efficient lightbulbs.

  • - Neither paper nor plastic. Bring your bags with you to the grocery store.  Suffolk County has already passed a deposit on thin plastic grocery bags.  Save yourself and the environmental at the same time.  The average American uses 350 of those plastic bags a year.

  • - BYOB. Fill up a reusable water bottle at home and bring it with you.  The average person went through 167 water bottles last year. Americans overall used about 50 billion water bottles last year.

  • - Flip ‘em off. Use the lights in the room you’re in and turn off the others.

  • - Plant a tree! It’s good for the soil, good for the birds, good for reducing climate change, and good for the air you’re breathing.

And last but not least, support the Alley Pond Environmental Center.  The people who are educating children and adults to protect our environment need your continued help to maintain our animal educators and operate a fully equipped educational center.

Thank you. Have a Happy and Healthy New Year. See you at APEC.
Rita Sherman
Board Chairman

* With thanks to the World Wildlife Fund


40th Anniversary Gala

APEC celebrated our 40th Anniversary at our annual Green Gala at Terrace on the Park on Monday evening, June 20. The festivities included the unveiling of our new logo and branding, designed by Janet Chiang. ERM, Inc. (Environmental Resources Management), was honored with the Corporate Friend of the Environment Award, Kevin P. Lynch, Veteran Labor Organizer and Official, was presented with the Green Leadership Award, and our own Executive Director, Irene V. Scheid, was given the Environmental Education Award. Many thanks to Don Mariano, guitarist and vocalist, for generously donating his time to provide us with cocktail music.

NYC Councilman Paul Vallone, NYS Assemblyman David Weprin, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, APEC Board President Rita Sherman, APEC Executive Director Irene V. Scheid, NYS Senator Tony Avella, and NYC Councilman Barry Grodenchik

Don Mariano - Guita & Vocals - 516-883-2567

Vet Tech 101 in the News!

Exciting things are happening at APEC! The word is out, APEC is a wonderful place for children to learn about animals and have hands on experience with them in a safe environment. A Columbia University film crew recently visited us and filmed our Vet Tech 101 program. Here is what they had to say about their interest in our programs here at APEC. “ We produce a weekly video series called Seen in NY (posted on our online publication New Learning Times (NLT)). NLT is our own publication, which features current developments and future possibilities in education that make learning more accessible and powerful. For the Seen in NY series, we focus on NYC-based education projects that are innovative and forward thinking, producing for each one a short 2-minute web video that serves as inspiration and resource for the broader education community and also as a jumping point to find out more about the featured organization or event.”

The Vet Tech 101 program here at APEC introduces children to the work done by a Veterinarian Technician in a fun, informative and interactive way. Check out the pictures below to see what transpired.

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