Learn About Energy Savings (While Enjoying Free Tacos)

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Energize New Rochelle is hosting a free Energy Coach Talk on Tuesday, November 19th at 6:00pm at the New Rochelle Public Library.  If saving money on energy bills and making your home more comfortable isn’t enough incentive to show up, here’s an added bonus: free tacos from the Little Mexican Cafe will be served alongside the helpful tips.  Here’s more information from Energize:

Each year, many homeowners dread facing another winter in a drafty and expensive-to-heat house or apartment. Energize New Rochelle provides home energy solutions to help people stop the drafts and save money on their energy bills.

The Energy Coach Talk will be an informational presentation featuring Building Performance Institute certified energy expert Norm Jen, who will demonstrate how homes leak energy and how to fix it. He will also explain how New Rochelle residents can take advantage of state incentives to pay for energy efficiency improvements.

Energized New Rochelle Homeowners will speak about their experiences with the program. Participants will be encouraged to ask questions about their own homes.

By encouraging New Rochelle residents to get comprehensive home energy assessments – and to follow through with recommended Home Performance upgrades – Energize New Rochelle will help residents lower their oil and utility bills, achieve year-round comfort in their homes, reduce particulate air pollution and increase local construction employment.

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New Rochelle Getting Greener

New Rochelle is more focused on environmental priorities than ever before, guided by our award-winning Sustainability Plan, GreeNR.  This annual update from the City’s planning staff provides a good survey of recent progress, with facts and figures describing energy savings, cost reductions, and safety improvements, and well as details on important initiatives related to land use, infrastructure, and ecology.  Let’s keep working to make New Rochelle a greener community.

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Sunset Over New Rochelle

A great photo of the New Rochelle skyline at sunset, viewed from Long Island Sound, courtesy of Steve Meisner, one of the organizers of our kayak program with LL Bean. We live in a beautiful city!

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Free Trees Still Available

Our new cherry tree, planted earlier this year

New Rochelle’s Plant-A-Tree initiative is still going strong. Request your own free street tree by filling out this request form.

During the past few months, you might have noticed lots of saplings appearing around town, which were planted as part of our first wave of new neighborhood trees. They make our community more beautiful, prevent flooding, improve property values, and capture greenhouse gases. So please consider planting a tree by your home.

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Free Downtown Shuttle Launches

Earlier today, New Rochelle was proud to launch the CircuitNR, offering free rides around our burgeoning downtown, using a fleet of three electric — and really neat-looking — shuttles.

Residents and visitors alike can request an on-demand ride anywhere in the shuttle coverage area. You can use the “Ride Circuit” App (from the App Store or Google Play) to alert a fleet driver to come pick you up. Or you can simply wave down the nearest CircuitNR driver if the vehicle has vacant seats. There’s more in this press release.

The CircuitNR augments our already robust transit and mobility options, and is a tremendous value add for our downtown. Good for business, good for the environment, fun, innovative, and supportive of New Rochelle’s ongoing growth and development.

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Come Foraging on August 18th

Here’s a great opportunity to discover the edible goodies growing wild in local forests and often literally in our backyards. On August 18th at 11:45am, you can join a foraging expedition in New Rochelle’s Nature Study Woods to learn about — and taste — summer herbs like lamb’s quarters, asiatic dayflower, and garlic mustard, fruits like blackberries and elderberries, and a wide variety of mushrooms.

To sign up, call (914) 727-2552 at least 24 hours in advance. The suggested donation is $20 per adult and $10 per child. You can learn more about the organizer, “Wildman” Steve Brill, at www.wildmanstevebrill.com.

I’ve been on foraging tours myself with the kids, and they are a ton of fun, plus a great education.

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