Green is a word that has long been linked to sustainability. Recently however, Sustainable Warwick has grown “greener” by adding two women to their Steering Committee who represent the younger generation, precisely the generation that will be needed to carry forward the critical issues of sustainability.
The new Steering Committee members, Kelly Collins and Payton Swenson, both in their early 30s, have strong backgrounds in the community that reveal the strengths and passion they bring to their new position.
Collins, a resident of the Village of Florida, is a regenerative permaculture designer, but Hopeful Roots, the firm she founded, goes far beyond landscape design. Starting with her ability to create beautiful self-sustaining garden designs, she “helps individuals, families and organizations think creatively about their spaces and reconnect with the Earth.” At the heart of who she is, Collins is an educator whose devoted to creating regenerative systems to better our green spaces here in the Hudson valley.
Swenson is a professional organizer and one of her main goals is to help clients get rid of things mindfully and responsibly. Previously, she worked as a staff trainer for the first multi-concept national restaurant group to be certified “green” by the Dine Green Restaurant Association. In addition to her work with Sustainable Warwick, Payton is deeply involved in planning for Warwick’s Earth Fest, an annual event held in Stanley-Deming Park that will be held this year on Sat., May 4 and Sun., May 5.
“Many of our exciting new initiatives like the Drawdown/Eco Challenge, the Cross-Pollinators Network and our collaboration on Earthfest are directly tied to the ideas these two young women have brought to the fore,” said Committee member Mary Makofske. “Sustainable Warwick has had a strong Steering Committee for several years, but with the addition of Kelly and Payton, we are even stronger, and we will be for years to come.”