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Bay Friendly Yards: Rewilding Long Island

September 16, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

**Free Panel Discussion via Zoom**

Join us for a panel discussion on how you can incorporate sustainable landscaping to not only protect our waterways, but also to promote biodiversity and healthy regional ecosystems. Our panelists include Dr. Hildur Palsdottir of Rewild Long Island, Matt Gettinger of Long Island Natives and Frank Piccininni, Director of Habitat Restoration at Save The Great South Bay.

We will be discussing:

– Sustainable landscaping

– Habitat restoration

– Wastewater management

– Local stewardship

About Our Distinguished Panelists

Dr. Hildur Palsdottir, PhD

Dr. Hildur Palsdottir received a PhD in Biochemistry from the Max-Planck Institute of Biophysics, where she studied Cellular Bioenergetics.

She worked as a research scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and New York University Medical School until she founded Sol Center in Port Washington in 2017. She is dedicated to mindful environmental stewardship and enjoys lecturing in schools and community centers about mindful and sustainable living. She contributes to the weekly Earth Matters column in the Island Now newspaper. Hildur is a certified mindfulness meditation instructor and educator, serves as President of the Board of Trustees for Science Museum of Long Island and is dedicated to bringing mindfulness and sustainability to STEAM education for all ages.

Hildur was one of the Founders and served as Communications and Social Media Director on the Board of ReWild Long Island.

Matt Gettinger, Owner LI Natives

Matt is a NYS Certified Nursery and Landscape Professional (CNLP)and co-owner of Long Island Natives, an off shoot of the well-established wholesale grower Country Gardens Nursery, based out of Eastport NY and founded in 1947 by S. Robert “Bob” Gettinger, Matt’s grandfather. Matt’s focus is on growing native vegetation for use in the naturalized landscape.

Frank Piccininni, Director Habitat Restoration

On top of his law degree, Frank is a biologist, avid environmentalist, and as chairperson of our Habitat Restoration program, our in-house plant expert. His role includes researching, designing and implementing Swamp Forests and other native plantings along the South Shore of Long Island which serve as filters to creek pollutants. Frank is a Senior Attorney at Sterling Risk and co-founder at SMPIL Consulting as well as the General Counsel at The Root Cause.

Please note:

Session is in Eastern Time Zone. You will receive the Zoom login link via email 1 day and again 2 hours before the webinar.  You will need a computer with an internet connection, an email address, and to download and install Zoom. No webcam or microphone needed to attend this webinar.   After registering, you will receive a follow-up email with more detailed instructions about using Zoom.

Save The Great South Bay, a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to protecting and preserving the Great South Bay. Our Speaker Series is a quarterly talk that connects advocates, resources and expertise to achieve real solutions, help restore the Great South Bay, and with that strengthen our South Shore communities.

Our Sponsors

This Save the Great South Bay event was made possible with the generous support of York Analytical Laboratories,  Lessing’s Hospitality Group and Blue Point Brewing, SMPIL Consulting.


September 16, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Save The Great South Bay

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