Robert Walters, Director of the Science Barge
Bob is a founding member of the City of Yonkers Green Advisory Committee as well as Director of the Science Barge for Groundwork Hudson Valley. As a child growing up in Inwood, Bob’s formative years were spent exploring the nearby park and boating off an antique barge/boathouse on the Harlem River, something to which he attributes his lifelong environmental passion.
A true environmental advocate, Bob started what he hoped would be an alternative energy store selling solar panels, wind turbines, and other energy reduction products in the 70’s after Jimmy Carter urged the country to use alternative energy sources. He has a strong passion for the Hudson River and a dedication to teaching about wind, solar, and hydroelectric power
While still holding onto hope for residential geothermal installations, Bob has found other ways to forward a green agenda. He helped build the Hudson River Sloop, “The Sojourner Truth”; served as Beczak Environmental Education Center’s first Executive Director and acted as a founding board member; wrote a 10-year local newspaper column called “River Notes”; and worked as a tour guide on the Yonkers Water Taxi among many other endeavors. It was at the Beczak that Bob chaired the Steering Committee that created Groundwork Hudson Valley.
Recent Awards: Champion of our Waterways (Riverkeeper) and the Patron Saint of Yonkers (Friends of Philipse Manor Hall).
Bob studied in Sociology at Iona College.