My name is Sara Goddard and I’m a mother, wife, sustainability expert and public servant.
Green That Life is a guide for sustainable living. Its purpose is to provide practical tools, tips and resources related to a variety of sustainability topics, including waste reduction, pollution prevention, food waste, environmental activism, and more.
I’m excited to guide you to a more sustainable lifestyle that’s healthier for you, your community and the planet.
My Journey to a Green Life
My own journey to a green life began ten years ago when I was asked to create a sustainability plan for my town. While I had been deeply involved for many years in numerous civic activities, I had absolutely no idea what a sustainability plan was. I blithely said “sure!” not realizing that this decision would spark a myriad of dramatic changes, not only for myself, but my town.
The Power of Personal Transformation
Over the course of ten years, I founded and led an award-winning group, Rye Sustainability Committee, which passed the first reusable bag law in Westchester County, NY (and the third in NY State); acted as an advisor, speaker and board member for numerous environmental, municipal and civic groups; and was the chief architect of the City of Rye’s first Sustainability Plan.
And on January 1, 2018, I was sworn in as a newly elected Rye City Council member!
Most importantly, I learned the transformational power of an ordinary citizen to accomplish meaningful change in my community. I discovered that by leading a dynamic group of volunteers, we not only enacted substantive policies but also prompted a cultural shift in our community. It has been thrilling to observe the emerging pride among Rye residents as they recognize that their town is now considered a model of sustainability and green initiatives.
Since then, I’ve been asked to speak, consult and guide other groups and communities with their civic initiatives. While listening, my message has always been consistent: know your community, work and partner with others, and always be positive in your approach.
What Does This Mean for You?
On a personal level, the message is the same:
- Know yourself and your strengths.
- Work to encourage change in your family and with friends.
- Always be positive as you work towards making change.
How to Green That Life
My goal with this site is to share my experiences and knowledge with you to help you “green” your life.
It goes beyond helping you find the tools to make your life green. I’ll definitely help you with those, but I’ll also help you discover a new way of living … one in which the foundation is a sustainable lifestyle for yourself, your family and your community.
What does that mean?
- It means you don’t beat yourself up when you toss an apple core in the garbage instead of the compost bin – but you actually understand the underlying importance of reducing food waste. (And the next time you’ll remember to compost the apple core!)
- It means that when you need answers, inspiration or have questions about how to green your life, you can find them here. And if the answers aren’t on the site, I’ll be there to help you find them.
- It means that instead of throwing up your hands and saying one person can’t make a difference, I’ll help empower you with the confidence and skills to make that change for yourself, in your community, or on a larger stage. I did, and I know you can too.
My goal is to help you re-frame your lifestyle so that your actions, small or large, are made within an exciting new framework.
About Sara Goddard
Sara Goddard is founder and former chair of the City of Rye Sustainability Committee, a volunteer group that established a legislative track record by drafting and spearheading legislation that was passed unanimously by the Rye City Council.
Rye Sustainability has been recognized locally and nationally and its presence has extended beyond Rye’s borders by establishing a network of groups, organizations, and legislators.
Sara is currently a member of the Rye City Council. Her other civic work, past and present, includes:
- Founder; Chair (former); City Council Liaison, Rye Sustainability Committee
- Founding Board Member, Treasurer, Exec. Committee, Sustainable Westchester
- Appointee, Zero Waste subcommittee, Westchester Climate Crisis Task Force
- Appointee (former); City Council Liaison, Rye Conservation Commission Advisory Council
- City Council Liaison, Rye Board of Architectural Review
- Appointee, NY Rising Community Reconstruction Plan, which helped determine the allocation of disaster relief funds in the aftermath of Hurricanes Sandy and Irene
- Vice President (former), Federated Conservationists of Westchester County
- Board Member, Conservation Chair (former), Rye Garden Club
- Auxiliary Board (former), Rye Nature Center