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LICSN 10/15/07 Meeting minutes

Long Island Climate Solutions Nework

Next Meeting: November 19, 2007: Unitarian Universalist Society, Brentwood Rd. Bay Shore, NY
Possible Agenda – Social Marketing Any ideas for speakers?

  • How to Frame Climate Solutions as Saving Citizens Money
  • How to Frame Solutions as Healthy for People and Planet.

1. See the attached press release re: green schools and federal matching funds (proposed bill).
2. See the upcoming calendar of events.
3. LI is competing in the Solar Decathalon. http://www.solardecathlon.org/ Check out the innovative designs in this years competition on the web site. You might still be able to catch this on PBS’ NOW program with David Brancaccio – http://www.pbs.org/now/
4. Instead of Google – try http://www.blackle.com/ – save a few watts.
5. Solar Tour was very successful. RELI has learned that most solar homes are middle income and many are blue collar neighborhoods. It isn’t the rich who are putting up solar panels. LI now has 1,078 solar homes. Many new homes say that they participated in previous solar tours, met those home owners, and that convinced them to go solar!!!
6. MTA hearing. Nov. 7 6 pm Farmingdale – concerns proposed rate increase. http://www.mta.info/mta/news/hearings/fareandtoll/schedule.htm
7. Pete Quinn plans to set up a meeting with Paul Tonko, NYSRDA to discuss expanding rebates for NYS residents.
8. Christmas Lights – see ForeverLED.net
9. CW Post, LIU will host a Repowering Forum Jan 31 6:30 pm. – Matt Cordaro and Steve Bellone are confirmed speakers.
10. See Attached Press Release – Schools & Renewables Oct 24.
11. Renewable-energy research center breaks ground BY MARK HARRINGTON (See Newsday Oct 16, 2007)

Presentation by Gordian – Local Action Networks

** Please Contact Gordian or RELI if you wish to participate in this project. **

Focus of RELI’s new project is creating an Island-wide network of “Local Action Networks” (LAN). Gordian is recruiting Core Leaders and Core Team Members to build this system. Please contact his at RELI – 631-329-8888 if you are interested.

There is some money to offer modest hourly wages for Core Leaders.

1. Recruit local/regional speakers and organizers.
2. Create Local Action Networks comprised of households and organizations (Schools, churches, businesses, local government).

Goal – Attain Individual and Community Carbon Emission Reduction Goals.
For example, the Individual Goal is to: Reduce Carbon emissions by 5,000 lbs.
Goal – Give 10 presentations on Climate Change and Carbon Reduction Strategies in your community/region.

Methodology: Will Follow the Empower Institute’s Low Carbon Diet Program.


  1. How do we get LIPA’s participation? We need to know Town peak emissions and we need to set a target of reducing town peak load emissions.
  2. LIPA/Keyspan/National Grid Management Service Agreements seem to encourage peak energy consumption by increasing fees to Keyspan/National Grid during high demand summer months.
  3. We don’t want individual efforts in this project swamped by continued growth in energy consumption Island-wide.
  4. The purpose of this project is to expand the numbers of people who are actively reducing their fuel consumption by changing their lifestyles in small incremental ways. Even if Island wide consumption is increasing, change starts with each of us. Then we leverage that individual change by promoting community changes.
  5. ICLEI – provides Software so that municipalities can monitor and reduce energy consumption. Longer term goal is to move municipalities in this direction. Nassau County has begun moving in this direction.
  6. LED campaign to use LEDs for Christmas trees was very successful a few years ago (Neighborhood Network campaign). Successful effort to connect consumers and retail outlets. LIPA said energy consumption actually declined year over year that December. (More info on LED’s see – www.foreverled.net
  7. It would be good to compare how successful different LANs are – get some healthy competition going. But you need to control for the size of each LAN. Some may be much larger than others.
  8. Use Census Tracts to control (normalize) population issues.

– Upcoming Calendar of Events –
October 17 – 21 Hamptons International Film Festival. Check out their Green Initiative. Includes Friday 1:00-2:30pm. The Slide Show from “An Inconvenient Truth” Sara Gordon, Climate Messenger, The Climate Project. Saturday 10:30-11:30am Lesley Chilcott, Co-Producer, “An Inconvenient Truth” Ladies Village Improvement Society Lawn .95 Main Street, East Hampton Thursday, October 18 – Sunday, October 21. 10 am  4 pm. Open to the public. The Green Tent will host speakers, panel discussions, informal gatherings, and media events centered around pressing environmental issues affecting us all.
10/23/2007 7:00 PM FREE Solar Seminar. Curious about solar power? Want to know how you can generate your own electricity? Why not attend a FREE solar power seminar? Learn all about solar at a seminar open to the public. Location: Middle Country Public Library. RSVP: Tina@RenewableEnergyLongIsland.org Directions: LIE to Exit 62N. Nicolls Road north to Route 25A or Middle Country Road , Turn right onto Middle Country and then left onto Eastwood Blvd. north . Library is on left.
October 24, 2007. 7:30 p.m. Schools Choosing Renewable Alternatives. On October 24th at Babylon Town Hall the Long Island Sierra Club and the Town of Babylon will bring together energy consultants and experts, school officials, parents, and taxpayers from across the town and the island to learn about the budgetary and environmental benefits of bringing renewable energy and energy efficiency to schools. Babylon Town Hall – 200 East Sunrise Highway, Lindenhurst , NY
10/25/2007 & 10/26 8:00 AM ENERGY LONG ISLAND Conference and exposition jointly organized by the Alternate Energy Centers at Farmingdale State College and the Advanced Energy Technology Research Center at SUNY Stony Brook. The conference will have sessions for technical personnel in the field, scientific paper presentations, keynote presentations on policy and technical content, student poster sessions and panel discussions on current energy issues. Conference Fee $30 to $90 Location: Farmingdale State College, Roosevelt Hall, Farmingdale , NY 11735 . More info: http://info.lu.farmingdale.edu/depts/met/solar/index.html
November 2, 6:30-7:45 p.m.
“An Inconvenient Truth” slideshow, presentation and discussion with Climate Messenger Sara Gordon. Mattituck-Laurel Library, Mattituck. Summary: What are the causes of global warming? How is climate change affecting the Earth, and what are the potential impacts for Long Island ? What can we do to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help slow planetary warming? Sara Gordon, a trainee of Al Gore and the Climate Project and a Peconic Land Trust Project Manager, will address these questions in a fascinating presentation of the slide show from “An Inconvenient Truth,” with updated information and a focus on solutions and local action strategies. Free. Directions at: http://peconiclandtrust.org/events/upcoming/

November 3, 2007Step It UpCheck Links Below for updated info!
Garden City
– 3 pm to 5 pm. Hear speakers about climate change, political realities, and sustainable living, as well as networking and making new friends and acquaintances. There will be generous time for discussion as well, and a comfortable, welcoming atmosphere. We will gather at the Garden City chapter of Ethical Humanist Society. 38 Old Country Road , Garden City.
– 12 pm to 05pm. A peace party; a place to express and dance with your inner soul, come in costume or casual, come with meaning and purpose, real people right now together as one force, for all the right reasons. A place for passion, for inspiration, and truth.. Be loyal to those who are loyal to life. Location: 29 Nugent St . Please bring a bucket of garbage that is compost worthy & bring something you made out of a piece of garbage that is unable to be broken down (juicebox,plastics,metals,rubbers).
St. James
– 3 pm to 7 pm. The Earth and Outdoors club is hosting their very own step it up event most likely at the football field on our high school! We encourage anyone in the Smithtown or neighboring towns to come and support saving our environment. Location: 10 School Street, St. James
Wed 11/7/07 Hear an update on the Broadwater Project with Maureen Dolan Of Citizens Campaign for the Environment www.citizenscampaign.org at 7pm, at the Pisces Cafe, 14A Railroad Avenue , Babylon , NY (631-321-1231) Free. Come hungry! Sponsored by the Babylon Green Party.

April 10. 7 pm. Energy Independence Day with Bill Lauto. Green Living Seminar at the Melville Branch of the Half Hollow Hills Library, 510 Sweet Hollow Road . Sponsored by Starflower Experiences.


October 15, 2007

CONTACT: Christine Anderson
Governor Eliot Spitzer and First Lady Silda Wall Spitzer today joined Congressman Steve Israel in highlighting the importance of “green” construction – a key component of the administration’s energy conservation agenda. Congressman Israel ‘s initiative would provide incentives in the form of federal matching funds to school districts implementing state guidelines through investment in energy efficiency upgrades and the use of renewable energy technology. The summit held at Farmingdale State College detailed the resources available for green construction and the importance of teaching energy efficiency and environmental responsibility in schools.
Green buildings are a major component of the administration’s efforts to fight global warming, reduce energy consumption and promote environmental sustainability. The energy use in buildings accounts for 39% of all greenhouse gas emissions in the United States , 7% of which is attributable to school buildings. Green school improvements reduce operating costs, improve indoor air quality, conserve natural resources, and enhance the learning environment by making schools healthier and more comfortable places to work and learn.
“By promoting green schools, we instill in the next generation that environmental sustainability and stewardship are important values,” said Governor Spitzer. “In an economy that rewards knowledge, innovation and creativity, we cannot miss the opportunity to provide kids with safe and healthy learning environments.”
Congressman Steve Israel, a Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water, which sets funding levels for federal energy spending, said: “Many schools were built when energy prices were low. This aging infrastructure is blowing tax dollars out the windows. By incentivizing schools to retrofit with energy efficient technologies and renewable resources, we can save tax dollars, create new energy markets, and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. That’s why I’ve introduced legislation to provide federal matching funds to school districts that implement the state energy efficiency guidelines announced last month right here on Long Island.”
First Lady Silda Wall Spitzer focused attention on green buildings earlier this year by announcing her “Greening the Mansion” initiative – a project to transform the Governor’s Mansion into a certified green building. The project will also include a high-tech, inter-active educational component that will help school children understand energy efficiency, renewable energy, and global warming.
First Lady Silda Wall Spitzer said: “Building green schools can help us achieve our goal of making New York a more energy efficient state and foster a healthy learning environment for our next generation. Today’s summit demonstrates that New York State is ready to lead the way in this effort and looking ahead, our environmentally-friendly schools will serve as powerful educational and economic models.”
Paul D. Tonko, President and CEO of NYSERDA, said: “Implementing energy efficient and environmentally responsible improvements in schools not only improves the environment as a whole, but enhances the learning environment within schools. Green schools are healthy, energy efficient and comfortable, and have been shown to contribute to reduced absenteeism and better teacher and staff retention.”
Long Island Power Authority President and CEO Kevin Law said: “The Green Schools Summit offers the opportunity to learn about the resources available to help New York State schools become more energy efficient and green. Accessing these resources can bring significant benefits to a school in terms of lower energy costs, a healthier environment for students and faculty, and will be educationally valuable, helping the school community better understand the importance of saving energy and reducing their impact on the environment.”
Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Pete Grannis said: “We know that green buildings use less energy, require less material costs, use less natural resources and emit less pollution. Forums like this help encourage schools across the state to move toward green buildings, helping to create smarter, cleaner and healthier communities.”
Green buildings generally meet several criteria for sustainability – energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable materials, recycling and smart land use practices, among others. Green schools, in particular, emphasize the importance of green cleaning products, fresh and nutritious organic food, and clean indoor air.
This announcement follows a series of environmental and energy initiatives that the Spitzer Administration has undertaken to reduce energy demands and reverse global warming. The Governor’s “15 by 15” plan was initiated to reduce energy demands 15% from projected levels by 2015. The plan includes: new and expanded efficiency programs; improved building codes; legislation that would provide incentive payments to New Yorkers who build or renovate their homes to meet green building standards; legislation to increase energy efficiency standards for appliances; and a new policy at the State Dormitory that all new Dormitory Authority buildings will meet green building standards. Together, this package of initiatives will result in a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions of more than 12 million tons each year.

The Green Schools Summit was convened together with NYSERDA, LIPA and Congressman Israel .


Sierra Club and Town of Babylon host seminar; detail clean energy options for school districts

On October 24th at Babylon Town Hall the Long Island Sierra Club and the Town of Babylon will bring together energy consultants and experts, school officials, parents, and taxpayers from across the town and the island to learn about the budgetary and environmental benefits of bringing renewable energy and energy efficiency to schools.

Every parent and taxpayer will want to hear this information. Topics to be discussed will cover how energy performance assessments of schools and renewable energy can help reduce energy consumption and energy bills while teaching students about energy conservation and the environment. Energy reduction benefits can add up to a financial savings while helping reduce the tax burden to taxpayers.

Parents and school officials will be able to speak to the experts, who work in the industry and have helped schools save millions of dollars in energy and operational costs. How is this accomplished? By conducting energy audits of building operations – electrical, lighting, heating, cooling, security, fire and life safety, while guaranteeing savings which school districts can then use to finance renewable energy installations and improvements to facilities. Guest speakers include Dan Sabia of the Carle Place School District , RELI, LIPA, and Energy Performance Contractors.

“This seminar is designed for the environmentally concerned citizen and the fiscally conscious taxpayer, in addition to school officials. Attendees can take this information to their local school district and help schools decrease expenses and dependence on fossil fuels. The schools decrease their carbon footprint and set a great example for the students” said Jessica Helm , Conservation Chair for the Long Island Sierra Club. “This is a simple action Long Island residents can take to help secure the future for the next generation.”

The Schools Choosing Renewable Alternatives Seminar is part of Sierra Club’s Cool Cities Program, which recognizes, encourages, and fosters actions to reduce local greenhouse gas emissions. The seminar is free and open to the public.

Schools Choosing Renewable Alternatives
Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Place: Babylon Town Hall – 200 East Sunrise Highway, Lindenhurst , NY

Guests and speakers include:

  • Steve Bellone – Babylon Town Supervisor
  • Dorian Dale – Energy Director for Town of Bablyon
  • Jessica Helm -Conservation Chair for the Long Island Sierra Club
  • Marie Domenici -Volunteer for the Long Island Sierra Club
  • Dan Sabia – Carle Place School District
  • Energy Performance Contractors
      • Honeywell – Roger Boyajieff
      • Johnson Controls – Danny Haffel
      • Siemens Building Technologies – William Tangney

  • RELI – Gordian Raacke
  • LIPA – Randy Spitzer , Assistant Program Manager for Clean Energy Initiatives

Please include this information in your community events listing or calendar. Thank you.

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