Westchester Commerce Magazine Profiles New Rochelle

As you know, New Rochelle has focused more intently in recent months on environmental sustainability and various “green” priorities. I believe that environmental sustainability is critical to our future economy and quality of life, and I am pleased that New Rochelle’s efforts are increasingly regarded as a regional model.

Commerce Magazine Says New Rochelle “Going Green”

Read Westchester Commerce Magazine’s profile of New Rochelle.

Westchester Commerce magazine recently produced a supplement that highlights New Rochelle’s environmental initiatives and achievements. It is worth a full read (or at least a scan, if you are pressed for time.)

Sustainability Coordinator Makes Presentation

Download the Sustainability presentation to the City Council.

The City’s new Sustainability Coordinator, Deborah Newborn, made her first presentation to the City Council this week, in which she outlined several initiatives under her supervision. These include: an energy audit of public buildings as a prerequisite to achieving energy savings; a green building program focused on better enforcement of relevant New York State construction and energy codes; enhanced efficiency in public sector resource usage; and actions to boost recycling rates. In her short time with the City, Ms. Newborn has already helped focus and intensify our sustainability efforts.

New Rochelle Joins ICLEI

Learn more about ICLEI.

ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability) is an international association of more than 1,000 local governments that have made a commitment to sustainable development. ICLEI provides technical consulting, training, and information services to build capacity, share knowledge, and support municipalities in the implementation of sustainable development.

City Expands Floatable Debris Collection System

To help prevent trash from entering Long Island Sound, the City has installed floatable debris collection devices at storm water outfalls. In order to expand this successful practice, the Council has acted unanimously to install new debris traps at the 36″ and 52″ storm drains at Wright Island Marina. Funding for this effort comes in part from a grant from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.