New Rochelle Poised to Adopt Stretch Energy Code

New Rochelle is poised to adopt New York’s Stretch Energy Code, an ambitious package of construction and building standards that promotes energy efficiency, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and supports public health.  This significant action strengthens New Rochelle’s status as a progressive environmental leader, and it also makes good economic sense by better positioning our community to attract green investment dollars, giving us improved access to State grants, and encouraging local builders and contractors to adjust early to inevitable statewide requirements.


New Ro Launches Recycling App

New Rochelle is making it easier than ever to recycle by launching a downloadable app and interactive website with collection information and schedules.

The mobile app, Recycle Right Westchester, can be downloaded for both Apple and Android devices. The app features garbage, recycling, and special pickup collection schedules that are specific to your house address, with the option of setting pickup reminders. Got a question about how to dispose of something?  The searchable “Recyclopedia” database tells you what can be reused, recycled, or composted.  In addition to the app, the Recycle Right program is available online at Users can type in their home address in the “My Schedule” tool.

More in this press release.


Go Green and Save Money

Renters, homeowners, and eligible organizations and businesses now have a great opportunity to cut energy costs and reduce their carbon footprint through two programs: Community Solar and GridRewards.  Both are FREE to join and include the flexibility to use your current electricity provider.  Enrollment takes less than ten minutes.  It’s super-easy.  And there is literally no risk or downside.

To learn more, join Sustainable Westchester and City officials for a virtual information session on April 14 at either noon (REGISTER HERE) or 6:00pm (REGISTER HERE).  There’s also more information in this press release.


DRI Back on Track

The pandemic slowed down New Rochelle’s DRI procress a bit, but we’re now back on track, poised to make historic investments aimed at enhancing the Lincoln Avenue corridor and providing better connections to our downtown.  In the weeks ahead, survey teams and drones will be taking a closer look at neighborhood conditions, including traffic patterns, signal timing, road geometry, and so forth.  Look for much more activity and robust community engagement a little later this year.


Sustainable Westchester Seeks Board Members

Are you passionate about environmental sustainability?  Do you have personal or professional experience related to the environment?  Are you interested in helping to lead an organization with an impressive track record of advancing regional environmental goals?  Then please consider applying to join the volunteer Board of Sustainable Westchester.  There’s much more information in this flyer.  To apply, please submit a short letter of interest and a resume to