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 participate, please click here and then follow instructions.

You’ll have to fill out a simple form, download a flyer, and then bring it to Nissan New Rochelle at 2533 Palmer Avenue.  There much more information at the link.

And at the risk of sounding like a late-night infomercial: Don’t delay;  act now, while supplies last.  The program will end when the remaining Leafs (Leaves?) in New York State are sold.  There are about 400 available.

If you have any questions, contact Ron Kamen at 845-266-3723 or  Or call Sustainable Westchester at (914) 242-4725.


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President Trump may have shamefully withdrawn the United States from the Paris Climate Accord, but here in New Rochelle, we will continue to do our part to promote a sustainable future.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.  We’re adding electric charging stations to our municipal garages.  We’re working to make our city more pedestrian and bike friendly.  And, contrary to the President’s specious claims, we’re doing it all while saving money and building a more vibrant local economy.

The Trump Administration’s climate denial is a serious blow to the world’s interests — no doubt about it — but many state, county, and local governments are ready to step up and fill the leadership vacuum.


The Ugly News of the Day

I am trying not to adopt a bunker mentality of news-avoidance, but when today’s Times includes this depressing (but spot-on) editorial about the GOP health care bill, and this alarming article about President Trump’s climate agenda, it is hard to stave off a sense of despair.  Still, I urge you to read both pieces.

Has there ever been an administration bent on doing so much catastrophic harm on so many fronts in so short a time?   When this President eventually shuffles (or is thrown) off the stage, the clean-up job will be immense.  In the meantime, we have a dispiriting, but vitally important, obligation to limit the damage and to hold Mr. Trump’s enablers strictly accountable for their complicity.


Energize (and Weatherize) New Rochelle, Starting with Your Home

There are many great reasons to weatherize your home: save money on energy costs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and be more comfortable year-round (including on the day after a major winter storm.)  And this is a perfect time to act, because New Rochelle has established a citizen committee — called EnergyNR — that is ready to help.

EnergyNR can provide information about incentives and about professional resources that enable residents to implement home improvements affordably.   You can access free or reduced-cost home energy assessments, as well as low-cost financing.  The expense of improvements can typically be paid back through lower electric or gas bills, so the savings begin from day one.

EnergyNR’s citizen volunteers, representing a cross-section of neighborhoods, will work closely with the City’s Sustainability Director and with a regional organization called EnergizeNY.

To get started with a home energy efficiency assessment, please contact Lauren Brois at 914-302-7300 ext. 8102 or sign up online at  Meanwhile, members of EnergyNR will be visiting various neighborhoods in the months ahead to share information about their own positive experiences.


Tesla Charging Stations Coming to New Roc Garage

Through a new arrangement negotiated by our Department of Development, Tesla Motors will soon install eight new electric vehicle charging stations at the New Roc garage.

These kinds of public-private partnerships promote sustainability, while helping our city build out the infrastructure of tomorrow.


Clean Energy Gets Boost in New Ro Zoning Proposal

Solar Panel HomeIn the context of New Rochelle’s updated Comprehensive Plan, the City is proposing new zoning standards that would make it easier for property owners to generate their own solar or wind energy.

You can view the entire proposal here.  The clean energy provisions are on pages 9 – 11 of Appendix A.

It’s all part of New Rochelle’s ongoing effort to encourage sustainability, cut costs, and contribute to the health of our environment.

A public hearing on the Comprehensive Plan is scheduled for September 12th.