Residents Forward hosts annual meeting 2023

Residents Forward hosts annual meeting 2023
Schreiber Student Sofia Leder

The Board of Directors, volunteers, representatives from local government and civic organizations, students and community members gathered at the Port Washington Public Library on Thursday, Nov. 9. for Residents Forward’s annual meeting.

Executive Director Trish Class, provided a comprehensive overview of Residents’ ongoing work in beautification, environmental education, and advocacy.

Most notable was the addition of more DIY Cleanup Stations around town, multiple community cleanups and the refreshed Elementary Education Program, which reaches all students in the Port Washington School District.

State Assemblywoman Gina Sillitti presented a generous New York State grant award for RF’s elementary-level environmental education programs!

From the Third Grade Pond Study to the Fifth Grade Aquifer Program, these initiatives will be available to ALL elementary school students in the district free of charge, with busing provided by the school district.

The highlight of the evening was the inspiring student updates from Resident’s Youth Climate Summit participants and the Youth Environmental Action Group.

These talented students are leading impactful Climate Action Projects with support from Residents Forward board members and local community members:

“The Bus Is For Us” by Harry Germain & Colby Kugel (Schreiber Seniors)

“Recycling Made Easy” by Sofia Leder (Schreiber Freshman)

“Reducing Plastic Water Bottles at Schreiber” by Ben Chodosh & Perry Rubens (Schreiber Seniors)

“Addressing Food Waste In Nassau County Schools” by Sadie Muller (Schreiber Senior)

Caring for Port Washington for over 50 years, Residents Forward’s mission is to inspire and unify the residents of Port Washington to protect and advance the vibrancy, resiliency, and sustainability of our Peninsula. We realize our mission through our beautification, making environmental education accessible to all students in Port Washington, and advocacy work.

For more information and to volunteer as a student or adult, please visit


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