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Climate Action in North Hempstead

                 

The Town of North Hempstead recognizes the detrimental impact of climate change on our community. In an effort to do our part, Supervisor Bosworth and the Town Board are committed to implementing policies to reduce the Town's carbon footprint in its own operations, as well as to assist residents and businesses in their sustainability efforts through education, legislation, and other measures.

The following programs are some of the actions that the Town of North Hempstead has taken in furtherance of its fight against climate change:

Clean Energy Communities Program

This program is administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and helps local governments to implement clean energy actions, save energy costs, and improve the environment. The Town completed the following 4 high-impact action items to become a designated Clean Energy Community:

  • Used multiple alternative fuel vehicles, such as plug-in hybrid and battery electric cars, for municipal business.
  • Participated in a Solarize North Hempstead campaign to reduce solar project costs through joint purchasing.
  • Completed energy code enforcement training on best practices for code compliance officers and other municipal officers.
  • Adopted a benchmarking policy to track and report the energy use of the Town's municipal buildings.

The Town is also working toward completing more actions under the new leadership round of CEC. In the new version of the program communities complete actions for certain point values and are eligible for grants once a certain point total is reached. Visit this site for more information on the program: nyserda.ny.gov/All-Programs/Programs/Clean-Energy-Communities.

Climate Smart Communities Program

The Town is actively working toward certification to become a Climate Smart Community. This program, run by New York State, provides guidance to local governments on best practices for mitigating and adapting to climate change. Communities can take action in two main ways to minimize the risks of climate change and reduce its long-term costs by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to a changing climate.  For more information click here.

Planning and Setting Goals

  • The Town has created a Climate Smart Communities Task Force, which includes Town staff, elected officials and Town residents to advise on climate related activities as well as the Town's Climate Smart Communities certification planning.
  • GHG inventory- The Town is looking to complete an updated greenhouse gas inventory to determine how it can reduce emissions from its operations.
  • Benchmarking Town building energy use- the Town is currently tracking all energy use in its buildings over 1,000 square feet to see where it can reduce use:
    • Data comparing 2018 and 2019 can be found here

Education and Outreach

  • The Town is a member of the Clean Energy Leadership Taskforce and Long Island Green Homes Consortium.
  • In 2016 the Town completed a Solarize campaign to promote solar to residents and businesses, which included providing discounts to those that installed a solar project on their building. For more information on Solarize click here.
  • The Town teaches and facilitates Home Sustainability Workshops each year on sustainable landscaping, including the topics of composting, using a rain barrel, gardening with native plants and creating rain gardens.

Decrease Energy Use and Shift to Clean, Renewable Energy

  • The North Hempstead "Yes We Can" Community Center in New Cassel was built in 2012 with LEED platinum certification.
  • Clean Fleets:
    • The Town currently has multiple plug-in hybrid vehicles for employee use. 
    • The Town is looking to increase electric vehicle charging stations on Town properties for employees and public use and is currently evaluating proposals to install a small number of public chargers on Town property.
  • Energy Code Enforcement Training- the Town trains compliance officers in energy code best practices to ensure the reduction of energy use.
  • Energy Conservation Requirements for Residential Construction- this Town code requires that certain new residential construction achieve minimum energy conservation performance as verified by the Home Energy Rating System (HERS). Click here for more details..
  • Energy efficiency measures- The Town is continually replacing old equipment with more efficient equipment like LEDs in lights of Town buildings, exterior lights and street lights, new insulation and windows, and HVAC systems in its buildings.
  • Gas-Powered Leaf Blower Regulation- The Town adopted a local law that landscapers and Town employees are not authorized to operate gas-powered leaf blowers between June 15 and September 15 to reduce noise and air pollution and gasoline usage during times when the public spends peak time outdoors

Natural Solutions

  • Conservation of trees- Trees provide many benefits like carbon dioxide removal, stormwater absorption, habitat for wildlife, windbreaks, and shade, which can lower cooling/heating costs. The Town is a Tree City USA Community and has a tree committee to manage tree resources.
  • Native Plantings- native plants have long root systems, which help to absorb carbon dioxide, as well as other air pollutants and stormwater. The Town is increasing its use of native plants in our park system. Click here to learn more.

These websites provide information on how you can reduce your carbon footprint:

 

Please call 516-869-6311 or email sustain@northhempsteadny.gov with any questions or comments.