Category Archives: Environment & Sustainability

New Rochelle Wins Green City Challenge

Last year, New Rochelle, White Plains, and Yonkers entered a friendly competition.  The goal: encourage municipal employees to travel to work using greener transportation options like carpooling, mass transit, walking, or biking. Yesterday afternoon, New York State Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul came to town to announce the winner.  And it is — drum roll, please … Continue reading New Rochelle Wins Green City Challenge

10 Minute Walk to a Park

Everyone understands the enormous value of parks and open spaces, and that’s why it’s important to make sure everyone has meaningful access to parks and open spaces. So I was pleased to join the Trust for Public Land, the National Recreation and Park Association, and the Urban Land Institute in a nationwide campaign to bring … Continue reading 10 Minute Walk to a Park

New Rochelle Takes Zero Emissions Vehicle Pledge

In partnership with the New York League of Conservation Voters and Sustainable Westchester, New Rochelle is taking the Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) Pledge. Specifically, we’re committing that by 2020 at least 5% of our light-duty municipal fleet will be composed of zero emission vehicles such as plug-in electric or hydrogen fuel cell, and we’ll revisit … Continue reading New Rochelle Takes Zero Emissions Vehicle Pledge

Solar Sculpture Dedicated at Library Green

New Rochelle recognizes the value of public art in shaping a culturally vibrant and attractive city center, so, over the weekend, I was pleased to help dedicate a new sculpture at Ruby Dee Park on Library Green.  It’s called “Twilight of Dawn.” Designed by the nationally-known artist R. M. Fischer, the sculpture was previously sited … Continue reading Solar Sculpture Dedicated at Library Green

Keeping Track of Infrastructure Investments

Last December, the New Rochelle City Council approved a ten-year $150 million investment in capital and infrastructure priorities, the largest in our history. Now you can keep track of our progress on this web-page, which lists the status of individual projects.  As you will see, many initiatives are still in design, but physical improvements will … Continue reading Keeping Track of Infrastructure Investments

Carbon Tax Forum on July 19th

Talk to economists about the most efficient way to promote clean, green energy, and they will almost universally recommend some form of carbon tax, which prices the negative externalities of greenhouse gas emissions into the marketplace. To encourage community conversation about carbon taxes, Sustainable Westchester has organized a series of informational forums, including one in … Continue reading Carbon Tax Forum on July 19th

Never a Better Time to Purchase an Electric Car

If you’ve ever thought about buying an electric car, now is the time to act.  Through New Rochelle’s membership in Sustainable Westchester, we are able to offer all New Rochelle residents a special $10,000 discount on the all-electric Nissan Leaf. Combined with state and Federal tax credits, the total discount comes to over $19,000! To … Continue reading Never a Better Time to Purchase an Electric Car

Despite Trump, Doing Our Part

President Trump may have shamefully withdrawn the United States from the Paris Climate Accord, but here in New Rochelle, we will continue to do our part to promote a sustainable future. We’re delivering 100% renewable power to every electricity consumer through community choice aggregation.  We’re replacing all of our street lights with energy efficient LEDs.  … Continue reading Despite Trump, Doing Our Part

Beechmont Lake Gets State Grant

Natural resources like Beechmont Lake are essential to our environment, quality of life, and property values — and also help with flood mitigation — but the Lake’s condition has deteriorated over the years, and restoring its ecological health requires dredging, which is an expensive proposition. So we were very happy to report some good news … Continue reading Beechmont Lake Gets State Grant

The Outrage Du Jour

The President has reportedly decided to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, putting the United States in the enlightened company of Syria and Nicaragua as the only three countries in the world to reject the accord. For those keeping score, this Administration has now: •  Pushed a “health care” plan that deprives 23 million people … Continue reading The Outrage Du Jour