The Village of Sleepy Hollow, Village of Tarrytown, Village of Irvington, the Sleepy Hollow Environmental Advisory Committee and the Tarrytown Environmental Advisory Council have partnered to bring EnergySmart Homes Rivertowns to our community! With our partners at Sustainable Westchester, Con Ed, NYSERDA, you have the opportunity to significantly reduce your home energy consumption, lower your energy bills, cut greenhouse gas emissions, and increase the year-round comfort and value of your home.


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EnergySmart Homes Ambassadors

EnergySmart Homes Rivertowns is brought to you by a committed group of Rivertowns residents, with support from municipal staff and Sustainable Westchester.

Meet our team members!

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Sleepy Hollow Climate Smart Communities Task Force, coordinator

Sarah Smiley

Sarah is a resident of Sleepy Hollow and volunteers as the Village’s Climate Smart Communities Task Force Coordinator. She is also co-leader of the Westchester Rivertowns chapter of Mothers Out Front, a grassroots organization working to preserve a livable climate. As recent homeowners, she and her husband had a home energy assessment and improved their house’s insulation to achieve greater comfort and energy efficiency, and when their gas boiler stopped working, switched to air source heat pumps for efficient and quiet heating and cooling. Sarah looks forward to also switching from gas cooking to an induction stove (she currently enjoys using a portable version).

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Irvington Green Policy Task Force

Leola Specht

Irvington Green Policy Task Force Steering Committee and Member 5+ years. Recipient of NYSERDA/Empower/SEALED insulation, LED lights and other home energy improvements -- has introduced the program to several other low income people who have benefited from it. GridRewards Peak Demand participant. Spreads the word about Community Choice Aggregation, Community Solar, heat pumps and other home energy efficiency improvements. Works part time in Sustainability for a small B Corp. Advocate for native tree planting for cooling, shade, soil stability and increasing biodiversity. A fan of the annual Sustainable Hudson Valley/Chronogram Clean Power Guide

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Eco Irvington Steering Committee

Gwen Merkin

Nature mentor passionate about waking up our connections with the earth. Advocates for and practices sustainability at home, works with commercial real estate to address climate change, and leads community-based nature connection programs. Working to resurrect the tradition of being outside to rediscover that we are all connected. I live in Irvington with my husband and two daughters and we are dreaming up plans to regenerate our land and create a suburban homestead.

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TEAC Co-Chair

Dean Gallea

Electronics Engineer (retired), homeowner in Tarrytown, TEAC member since 2015, Co-Chair since 2017, Solarize Tarrytown campaign organizer. High interest in renewable energy systems and energy efficiency. Solar PV (2012) and EV owner.
Getting off the carbon-fuel train is an important step towards reducing the impact of the climate crisis.
I plan to add more PV and convert to geothermal HVAC, even though I installed a high-efficiency gas furnace six years ago.

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Chair of Sleepy Hollow Planning Board

Marjorie Hsu

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Dave Arons

A recent homeowner that installed heat pumps and solar panels to provide energy efficiency and cost effectiveness. Currently working on a Green Career Pathway initiative at Westchester Community College while building a network of environmental organizations for Westchester county.

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TEAC Co-Chair

Rachel Tieger

Tarrytown homeowner since 2008, one of the founding Board Members of the TaSH Farmers Market, active TEAC volunteer since 2010, TEAC co-chair since 2014 and assisted in the Solarize Tarrytown campaign in 2015. I am committed to help make Tarrytown a more sustainable community!

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Sleepy Hollow Planning Board Member

Kersten Harries

Kersten, a licensed architect (with Masters in Sustainable Architecture and LEED AP BD+C), volunteers for the Village of Sleepy Hollow in various capacities. As a homeowner/rental property owner she has completed renovations that include various energy efficiency upgrades. She is looking forward to learning and sharing knowledge to help inform fellow community members about currently most impactful and sustainable options.

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Irvington Village Administrator

Lawrence Schopfer

Fourteen years as Village Administrator after 15 years as Clerk/Treasurer for the Village of Irvington, I have coordinated the Village’s efforts to achieve Bronze certification in the Climate Smart Communities program, designation as a Clean Energy Community, and now the EnergySmart Homes campaign.

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Assistant Village Administrator, Tarrytown

Josh Ringel

Six+ years experience as a professional local government manager. In the area of the environment, I have worked in the past on issues of invasive species management and park revitalization, electric vehicle charger expansion and tree management/planting programs.

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Tarrytown Village Administrator

Richard Slingerland

I have twenty two years as a Village Administrator or Village Manager, with an additional 13 years experience working in local government at the County, City and Village level. I have helped Tarrytown with environmental and sustainability issues, and have worked with the Village to improve energy efficiency, purchase our first electric and hybrid automobiles and help Sustainable Westchester coordinate a multi-village recycle-smart app with cities, towns and villages funded by a DEC recycling grant. Personally I have installed solar panels on my home through the Solarize Westchester program.

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Scenic Hudson, Director of Land Use Advocacy

Jeffrey Anzevino, AICP

Works with communities to ensure that riverfront development is resilient, stimulates the economy, connects people with the river, and conserves views and natural resources. Responsible for Scenic Hudson’s active transportation initiatives, including coordinating its Bicycle Friendly Business designation.
Co-author of Revitalizing Hudson Riverfronts (2010), which won a US Environmental Protection Agency Region 2 Environmental Quality Award in 2013. Earned accreditation from the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) in 2003.
Adjunct instructor at Marist College’s Department of Environmental Science and Policy where he has taught a senior-level course in Environmental Planning since 2011.

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