NY Alliance for Environmental Concerns

 Welcome to the NY Alliance for Environmental Concerns

The NY Alliance for Environmental Concerns (NYAFEC) is a non-profit organization comprised of Green Industry associations whose combined efforts are dedicated to educating lawmakers, policymakers and the public, while promoting the many benefits derived from environmental horticulture in New York. We are the environmentalists who have been caring for this green space for generations. Collectively, our membership organizations represent approximately 4,000 green industry professionals.

-Larry Wilson, Chairman

Read NYAFEC 2018 Legislative Report 

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Message From NYAFEC Chairman, Larry Wilson

A LOHUD Journal News recently covered a video produced for the general enlightenment of the people of New York by a brilliant Jennifer Daly from the Gray Media Group, thanking the Governor and Legislators for helping to protect Pollinators in New York State. 

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Most sincere thanks to LOHUD and The Journal News for covering this. Thanks also again to Jennifer Daly from Gray Media for producing this. Thanks to Rick Zimmerman and Todd Vandervort from the Vandervort Group in Albany who through the New York Alliance for Environmental Concerns represents The Arborists, Landscapers, Lawn Care Professionals, Nurserymen and Golf Course Superintendents in New York State, for guiding us, and thanks to the contributors, as well as my colleagues and associates on the board of the New York Alliance for Environmental Concerns for supporting this endeavor. The real thanks should go to the Governor of New York State, Andrew Cuomo and the New York Legislature for seeing the needs and important benefits of protecting the bees!

 

It was an honor and a privilege for me to be able to be a part of this. Thank you all for your support.

 

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Congratulations to NYAFEC Chairman Larry Wilson who received NYS Turf and Landscape Association Person of the Year Award!

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The Departments of Agriculture and Markets and Environmental Conservation announced new actions to protect New York's pollinator population

The State commemorated these steps during National Pollinator Week (PDF, 1 MB) (June 18-24) with a proclamation issued by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, affirming New York's commitment to promoting the health and recovery of pollinators.

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DEC's CleanSweepNY Events 

Event Collects 84,270 Pounds of Pesticides and other Chemicals for Proper Disposal

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced that a CleanSweepNY collection event held during the week of October 2 targeting an 11-county area in DEC's Region 8 successfully collected a total of 84,270 pounds of potentially hazardous chemicals from 191 participants. CleanSweepNY helps promote a healthy and sustainable New York by providing opportunities for proper disposal of unwanted and/or obsolete pesticides and other chemicals.

For more information on CleanSweepNY, visit CleanSweepNY website (leaves DEC's website) or call toll free: 1-877-SWEEPNY (877-793-3769).

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New York Love's Green Businesses

The Department of Environmental Conservation has launched the New York Green Business (NYGB) program, which provides recognition and benefits to businesses and other entities that have a strong commitment to operating sustainably.   Businesses that participate must have a good record of compliance, make future sustainability commitments, and communicate their sustainability commitment to their customers and employees.

For more information on NYGB you can contact us via email at: nygb@dec.ny.gov. 

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DiNapoli: Environmental Protection Fund Spending Reflects Historic State Commitment

Disbursements from New York's Environmental Protection Fund (EPF), one of the state's most important funding sources for preserving open space, protecting water quality and improving parks and waterfronts, are at an all-time high, but spending in future years is expected to require additional resources beyond the EPF's dedicated revenues, according to a report released today by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.

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Important Notice: Changes to Category 3A Only and Category 3B Only Pesticide Applicators and Technicians

Pesticide Applicators and Technicians Certified in Category 3A Only or Category 3B Only will transition to a 3-Year Certification Cycle and a $450 certification fee. 

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Important Industry Events

 

NYS TURFGRASS ASSOCIATION

http://nysta.org/


*New* Central Regional Conference
January 15-16, 2019

Turning Stone Resort Casino, Verona, NY


Southeast Regional Conference
January 29-30, 2019


2019 Turfgrass Advocacy Day - NYSTA's Lobby Day
February 13, 2019

Empire State Plaza, Meeting Room #1, Albany, NY


Adirondack Regional Conference
March 13, 2019

Crowne Plaza, Lake Placid, NY


Western Regional Conference
March 25, 2019

Millennium Hotel, Buffalo, NY