Our host for the evening and Green Inside & Out founder, Beth Fiteni, explained that the name “Green Sage” derives from two very different but equally relevant meanings of the word “sage.” As many in the environmental circle know, sage is an herb that indigenous cultures use to cleanse out negative energy and make room for new beginnings. “Sage” can also refer to someone who is revered for their wisdom and experience. All four honorees have dedicated their life to dispelling destructive policies and encouraging positive change. “I’ve wanted to throw this event for a long time,” said Beth, “I’ve worked with each of these ladies, and wanted to celebrate their contributions.”
The first honoree, Sister Jeanne Clark, helped establish Homecoming Farm with the Dominican Sisters in Amityville. The farm was originally called Sophia Garden when it was established in 1996. There, the community grows certified organic fruits and vegetables for themselves and for the Interfaith Nutrition Network (INN) to nourish families in need. Their fifth annual Spring Awakening will be held this Saturday, April 18th.
The next honoree, Joy Squires, is Chair of the Huntington Conservation Board. She also serves on the Huntington Environmental Open Space & Park Advisory Committee, NY State Association of Conservation Commissions, and Huntington Audubon Society. Joy has worked tirelessly to preserve open space and protect our drinking water, including her work on the Friends of the Bay Watershed Action Plan.
Elsa Ford is the founder of Brentwood Bayshore Breast Cancer Coalition, and was instrumental in the formation of the Suffolk County Pesticide Community Advisory Committee. Her “prevention is the cure” philosophy permeates her activism, and is apparent in her instrumental support of legislation banning of BPA-lined receipts and baby bottles.
Jane Goebel is a founding member of Friends of Huntington Farmland, and helped to establish the 310-acre Froehlich Farm Nature Preserve in Huntington. Her work has helped conserve open space throughout the Town and preserve environmentally sensitive areas for today and for the future.
These four women’s tremendous dedication have critically shaped Long Island's environmental protection policies. Congratulations to all the honorees, and thank you for all of your hard work!
Photos courtesy of Katheryn Laible.