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Op-Ed: Southampton Draws Closer to Sustainability

As Earth Day approaches, the Sustainable Southampton Advisory Committee reminds community members about the terrific progress our town government has made in reducing its environmental impact.

Have you noticed our town getting a little greener lately?

Aside from the delicate, bright green spring buds — which I’m thrilled to see — there is a momentum pushing Southampton Town toward a more sustainable (“green”) future.

As Earth Day, April 22, approaches, the Sustainable Southampton Advisory Committee reminds community members about the terrific progress our town government has made in reducing its environmental impact.

These accomplishments have also given community members the opportunity to live a more sustainable life. On a parallel track to municipal efforts, individuals and community groups are doing their part to protect and restore the environment as well.

Visit SouthamptonTownNY.gov/Sustainable for a sustainable calendar featuring town and community sponsored events or click here to submit your own event.

In the meantime, you can reflect and be inspired by some of the positive momentum the Sustainable Southampton Committee has created. While we are all headed in the right direction, the road to sustainability is long and winding.

As committee chairman Tip Brolin points out, “They key to success is follow-up. You have to be sure that resolutions are actually implemented and that intentions become realities that will spark real, positive change.”

Let’s keep the “green momentum” going, for Earth Day and beyond!

Sustainable Southampton Committee Accomplishments

2008

  • Developed a Residential Construction Energy Code featuring innovative criteria for new homes to meet energy-efficiency standards on a sliding scale based on home size

  • Facilitated the Town's membership in ICLEI (International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives)

2009

  • Supported a Swimming Pool Energy Efficiency Code, the only code of its type in the state of New York

  • Sponsored the 2009 "Great Greening" of Southampton that coordinated fall events including sustainability discussion groups, trail and bike events, organic garden tours and more

2010

  • Developed a Commercial Construction Energy Code requiring new commercial buildings to meet energy-efficiency standards

  • Developed an Idling-Reduction Policy for the town of Southampton

  • Facilitated creation of town's new Office of Energy and Sustainability

  • Successfully applied for a federal grant that funded the Office of Energy and Sustainability

2011

  • Developed a "green" procurement policy for town government departments

Kate Schertel is the director of community outreach for the .

Sally Spanburgh March 27, 2011 at 01:58 AM
The Town of Southampton would become even more "sustainablitiy minded" if it enacted legislation protecting historic architecture rather than allowing them to be demolished so easily ("there's nothing greener than and existing building") as well as enacting requirements that any and all demolitions were preceded first by advertisements offering relocation, and second requiring that structures be carefully dismantled so that as many and as much as their materials as possible could be sold or donated for reuse.
Jerry Can March 27, 2011 at 01:48 PM
I support this sustainability initiative. A building saved is a tree saved and a forest preserved.
Diane Sadowski March 27, 2011 at 01:49 PM
Good job and great agenda; They key to success is follow-up. You have to be sure that resolutions are actually implemented and that intentions become realities that will spark real, positive change.”
Marianne Klepacki March 27, 2011 at 11:26 PM
It is wonderful that the Town of Southampton has a sustainability advisory committee that is implementing new ideas each year. I hope the Sustainable Southampton Advisory Committee has been in touch with Assemblyman Thiele and Senator LaValle to support the restoration of the 9 sustainability majors to the Southampton campus. The sustainability majors were wonderful volunteers and interns that supported sustainability efforts on the East End.

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