Sarah Coccaro

Recent Posts

One Land: The grass isn’t always greener. How our obsession with lawns turned toxic.

Lawns don’t sequester carbon, manage the watershed, support a food web and pollinators, prevent erosion and flooding, or oxygenate our air. Their maintenance produces more greenhouse gasses than they absorb, and they are ecological dead zones that contribute to the die-off of insect populations. Continue Reading →

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The Sacrifice Zone Screening & Waste Justice Panel Discussion

Waste Free Greenwich invites the Greenwich community to a free screening of The Sacrifice Zone, a 30-minute documentary focusing on the efforts of community activists to fight against environmental injustices in the Ironbound neighborhood in Newark, NJ, one of the most toxic communities in the country. Continue Reading →

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Our Changing Connecticut Climate: A Water Story

This is the second article in the Greenwich Sustainability Committee’s “One Water” weekly series. Written by Sarah Coccaro, Conservation Resource Manager, Greenwich Conservation Commission, member of the Land and Water sector of the Sustainability Committee

The seasonality of the Northeast is central to the region’s sense of place. Yet, earlier springs and milder winters are changing ecosystems and environments in ways that adversely impact commerce, recreation, tourism, agriculture, industry and livelihoods. Global warming alters nearly every stage of the water cycle; from precipitation, evaporation, surface runoff to stream flow. These changes put pressure on drinking water supplies, food production, property values, and our quality of life. Continue Reading →

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