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The Village Green: Towards a Sustainable Larchmont Progress to Date Panel: VoL Committee on the Environment February 2, 2009 Are We There Yet? VoL Mayor revived the Committee on the Environment (CoE) in 2007 and the VoL Board of Trustees (BoT) has been active on environmental issues

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The Village Green: Towards a Sustainable Larchmont

Progress to Date

Panel: VoL Committee on the Environment

February 2, 2009


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Are We There Yet?

  • VoL Mayor revived the Committee on the Environment (CoE) in 2007 and the VoL Board of Trustees (BoT) has been active on environmental issues

  • Purpose of this panel is to report on --

    • What has been done (energy reduction, recycling, etc.)

    • Why it’s important, and

    • To prompt thinking about what else can be accomplished in and by our community

  • VoL CoE members

Marlene Kolbert


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CO2 Reduction

  • Goal: To increase VoL energy efficiency and reduce CO2 footprint

  • Why?

    • Contribute to national efforts to reduce energy use and mitigate climate change

  • Progress to date

    • 2007 - VoL BoT agreed to join ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

    • January, 2008 - Tasked the VoL CoE to determine CO2 footprint for VoL operations

    • May, 2008 - Energy Audit of Village Hall and Library performed by NY Power Authority

Carol Casazza Herman and Bruce Macfarlane


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CO2 Reduction

  • Progress to date (continued)

    • November, 2008 - VoL agrees to endorse ICLEI’s Empowering Local Government Climate Action

    • January, 2009 - VoL commits to a goal to reduce CO2 emissions 20% by 2015

    • Implemented energy conservation measures:

      • Upgraded Library HVAC system

      • Installed new thermostats at the Library/Village Center

      • Operating new solar panels in the Village yard

      • Purchased a GEMS vehicle

      • Installed new lighting in the North Tunnel

Carol Casazza Herman and Bruce Macfarlane


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CO2 Reduction

  • Future activities to consider…

    • Additional conservation measures in Village Hall (such as the reconfiguration of pipes, insulation of pipes, energy efficient lights) and other buildings (e.g., insulated doors in police and fire department garages)

    • Replacement of non-emergency vehicles with hybrids

    • Planting of more trees

    • Improvement of transportation infrastructure and recycling rates

Carol Casazza Herman and Bruce Macfarlane


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Recycling

  • Goal: To increase the amount of waste recycled by residents, businesses, and government

  • Why?

    • VoL pays by the pound to remove waste; removal of recyclables is free

    • Improve aesthetics - much of the litter in parks and other public spaces is recyclable

    • It’s the law - 2008 amendment to recycling law makes recycling mandatory in Westchester County

Sally Maca/Millie Magraw/Ellen Martin


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Recycling

  • Progress to date

    • 2/2008 - Pilot project placed 4 blue recycling bins in VoL commercial areas to capture recyclables

    • 10/2008 - DPW converted 9 existing blue plastic trash barrels into recycling bins in Flint Park to capture the large number of water and sports drink containers

    • 1/2008 - Chatsworth School implemented a recycling program: 3 dumpsters/wk of paper and 1/2 dumpster/wk of co-mingled waste

  • Results

    • Recycling containers in commercial areas are successful; however, often over-flowing and mixed with trash

    • Too early to determine benefit of Flint Park action

Sally Maca/Millie Magraw/Ellen Martin


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Recycling

  • Some challenges

    • Many apartment buildings and businesses lack space to collect and store recyclables

    • People are unaccustomed to recycling

    • Bins are costly

    • Frequency of collection/overflowing bins

  • Future actions to consider…

    • Increase the number of recycling receptacles so there is a recycling bin near each trash receptacle

    • Education campaign for VoL residents and businesses

    • Facilitate and improve recycling collection in apartment and commercial buildings

    • Work with sports leagues to encourage use of reusable water bottles and proper disposal of recyclables

Sally Maca/Millie Magraw/Ellen Martin


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Pesticide Use

  • Goal: To minimize or eliminate where feasible, pesticide and herbicide use

  • Why?

    • Decrease harmful chemical exposures

  • VoL actions on pesticide use

    • Ceased use of treflan

    • Developed a “minimal use” approach to invasives management in Flint Park conservation area

    • No pesticides policy on playing fields and in parks

  • Future actions to consider…

    • Encourage businesses, congregations, clubs, and residents to evaluate what chemical treatment they or their lawn service companies use with the goal of reduction or elimination of chemical applications

Julia Steinmetz/Holly Moskow


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Vehicle Idling

  • Goal: To reduce air pollution from unnecessary vehicle idling

  • Why?

    • Protect health from air pollution, reduce emissions that contribute to global warming, better for your car, save money

  • Progress to date:

    • 4/2008 VoL passed anti-idling law

    • Some signage posted

  • Future actions to consider…

    • Additional education and enforcement

Lori Stevenson


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Composting

  • Goal

    • Establish composting as practical and environmentally beneficial method for recycling yard trimmings and organic waste

  • Why

    • To reduce the amount of waste sent to state landfills while encouraging the use of compost as an alternative to fertilizer, when appropriate

  • Progress to Date

    • Leaf Pick-up

    • Secondary Yard Waste

    • Compost Tea

  • Future Actions to Consider…

    • Backyard Composting

    • On-Site Composting

Jennifer Carpenter Jensen


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Deconstruction

  • Goal: To encourage homeowners, architects, contractors, property managers, and landlords to direct building materials to green deconstruction organizations

    • “Deconstruction” is the sale or donation of building materials generated during renovation or demolition for reuse by others

  • Why?

    • Reusing building materials saves landfill space and conserves the energy and resources that would go into making new materials

    • Competitive advantage

  • Progress to date

    • VoL deconstruction handout

  • Future actions to consider…

    • Encourage deconstruction through education and information sharing

Ellen Martin/Jennifer Carpenter Jensen


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Transportation

  • Goal: Through comprehensive transportation planning and improvement of the transportation infrastructure, become a more walk-able and bike-able community

  • Why?

    • Reduction in vehicle congestion, energy use

    • Increase in physical activity

  • Progress to date:

    • Just gotten underway; formation of Rye YMCA’s Sound Shore Trailways Committee pedestrian-biking-kayaking master plan study group

Richard Ward


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Transportation

  • Future actions to consider…

    • Add existing bike parking and create scooter parking spaces at the train station

    • Increase covered bike parking spaces

    • Add bike racks to Palmer Avenue streetscape

    • Consider transportation needs in any multi-unit residential housing design at the train station

    • Provide kayak access points to Long Island Sound

    • Facilitate pedestrian access to Larchmont Reservoir - James G. Johnson Conservancy

Richard Ward


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Summary

  • In brief, we are moving towards becoming a more sustainable village by aiming to:

    • Increase energy efficiency, recycling, composting, green deconstruction and transportation

    • Decrease pesticide use and idling

  • We are not there yet and need your ideas and help!

  • We hope that what you’ve heard gives you ideas for your organizations and inspires action

  • Open discussion

Marlene Kolbert


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Next Steps

  • We invite each of you, Larchmont’s community leaders, to consider what can be done to advance sustainability within the groups and organizations that you represent

  • We ask that you take the information packets offered and follow up with a member of the CoE

Marlene Kolbert


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