Sustainable Long Island
May 14, 2010
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In This Issue
Annual Conference
The Future of Long Island
Schumer seeks fed's help
Save Our Parks
Coming Soon
Board of Directors
Ruth Negron-Gaines- President

Kevin McDonald - Vice President

The Nature Conservancy 

Charlotte Biblow, Esq. - Secretary

Farrell Fritz, P.C.

Lauren Furst - Treasurer

Russ Albanese

Albanese Organization Inc.

Lennard Axinn

Island Estates

Peter Bogan

Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III
SUNY College at Old Westbury

Dr. Miriam K. Deitsch

State University at Farmingdale

Michelle DiBenedetto

Long Island Housing Partnership

Pat Edwards


Donald J. Fiore

IBEW, Local 25

Richard Grafer

Amy Hagedorn
Hagedorn Foundation

David Kapell

Jeff Kraut

North Shore - LIJ Health System

George O'Neill

Mitchell H. Pally

Weber Law Group, LLP

Dr. Robert A. Scott

Adelphi University

Ron Shiffman

Pratt Institute

Robert Wieboldt

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Sustainable Long Island has made sure itself, and more importantly Long Island, is ready to have a great summer. Constant communication with our supporters, partners and friends have given us a real sense of what's on the minds of the people of Long Island. With Sustainable Long Island involved in so many different things we want to celebrate our success with you, our friends, and continue to be a catalyst and facilitator for sustainable development!

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4th Annual Sustainability Conference
Preparing all Long Islanders for the Green Economy

Our 4th Annual Sustainability Conference is only three weeks away! Held at the Carlyle on the Green in Bethpage, New York on Friday, June 4th, 2010.

Join us in discussing ways we can be using the green economy to provide opportunity and access for all Long Islanders to create a healthier environment and a stable economy.


Interactive workshops, a plenary featuring Long Island's college and university presidents, and a community bus tour through Wyandanch will explore issues including industry trends towards sustainability, access to green jobs, incentives and policies to help businesses join the green economy, and ways on how community planning practices help revitalize towns and restore environmental quality. The conference will be highlighted by keynote speaker Senator Charles Schumer, a segment honoring May Newburger and a networking lunch where restaurants from all over the region will bring signature dishes to provide a true taste of Long Island.

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The Future of Long Island
Sustainable Long Island featured in Newsday's ongoing series

Newsday's latest edition in its ongoing series, The Future of Long Island, focused on our regions faded downtowns, the challenges we face and solutions that need to be identified. The article discussed this issue and posed questions such as:
  • Should Long Island's downtowns be revitalized for the future? How?
  • What's the right mix of housing and business?
  • What is the most important factor guiding the future of Main Street?
The Future of Long Island

An excerpt from the article, which featured various input from Sustainable Long Island:

And redevelopment need not mean big changes in density, said urban planner Sarah Lansdale, executive director of Sustainable Long Island, who is working with Centereach, Selden, and Farmingville community groups on plans based on their own wish lists. "This is not a cookie-cutter approach."

Click here to read the full series and specific articles.
Schumer seeks fed's help with downtowns
Calls for EPA-HUD-DOT "sustainability partnership" to turn attention to Long Island

Senator Schumer

In a story first made public on Sustainable Long Island's Facebook and Twitter pages, Senator Charles Schumer called on the heads of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Departments of Transportation (DOT), and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), all members of the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, to meet with local leadership on Long Island to better understand stumbling blocks and red tape experienced by localities as they seek to revitalize downtown cores and promote sustainable development.

Featured in Newsdays' coverage of the story:

"We're thrilled (Schumer) is taking a leadership role on this," said Sarah Lansdale, executive director of Sustainable Long Island.

And in a report on WLNY TV10/55 News at Eleven:

WLNY TV 10/55 News at Eleven

Sustainable Long Island and additional local sustainability advocates have joined Senator Schumer in an effort to promote downtown revitalization and sustainable development through our area.
Save Our Parks - Save Our Memories
Sustainable Long Island's column in Networking Magazine

Bethpage State Park

"Long Island is known for its beautiful parks and gorgeous beaches... Shutting down many and stripping others of multiple services and programs would not only hurt the quality of life of our region, but hinder the memories we've created in our past and prevent building new ones for our future." - Excerpt from the May 2010 Issue

Robert Moses        Jones Beach

Coming Soon
A look inside an exciting new program to launch soon

Sustainable Long Island and the Long Island Farm Bureau have teamed up with local community partners in Greater Bellport and Roosevelt to open community-based youth-staffed farm stands.The market is modeled on the Youthmarket program of GrowNYC (formerly the Council on the Environment of NYC) and is set to open this July.

Farmers Market

The market will help fill an important void in the availability of fresh, healthy food in currently underserved communities.

Partners include the Greater Bellport Coalition, Roosevelt Community Revitalization Group, NuHealth (Nassau Health Care Corporation), Suffolk County United Veterans, and The Boys and Girls Club of the Bellport Area.

We will be releasing more detailed information on this exciting program in the coming weeks.

The people who make us who we are

  • Dr. Robert A. Scott, President, Adelphi Univeristy, for joining our Board of Directors
  • Donna Boyce for being named our new Director of Programs
  • Scott Woodson for being named our new Communications Coordinator
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As we get ready for the summer heat, Sustainable Long Island is not cooling down.

We have numerous projects in the works, programs in development and messages to communicate. This is the time to take advantage of an inside look into our organization. Our Facebook and Twitter pages are updated daily with exclusive information and breaking news. As previously mentioned, the region-wide story of Senator Schumer's push to revitalize downtowns was first made public through our social media outlets. The story was posted before it hit newsstands the next day! Thought provoking discussions, project related updates, and a behind the scenes look of all things Sustainable Long Island awaits you!

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Sarah Lansdale, Executive Director
ainable Long Island