Our town government is responsible for the maintenance of town roads and public parks and gardens. Some towns have rules for privately owned yards as well. The Westchester County government has a set of ‘guidelines’ for Westchester municipalities. These guidelines discourage use of pesticides and encourages the use of native plants. The interest in pollinator-friendly management is growing. Many of our town leaders are aware of the climate crisis, and have to deal with heavier rainfall, higher temperatures and longer periods of drought. Pollinator friendly practices can mitigate some of these climate issues, and save money, as well. We are working together with the town on solutions that will target mowing practices and the maintenance of public gardens. We are also discussing how we can include landscapers who are working in our town in the discussion. Our goal is to make sustainable services a common part of the landscapers’ business.