Sustainable Long Island
August 2013
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In This Issue
Volunteer Event: Bay Clean Up Day - August 17th | 9:30AM | Long Beach
Food Policy Council of Suffolk County - Sustainable LI chairs food equity subcommittee
Dig, Eat, & Be Healthy - A guide to growing food on public property
Renewable & Energy Efficiency Seminar - Presented by Capital One Bank
Beat The Rush Hour - Be part of the first annual Car Free Day on Long Island
Promoting Active Transportation - Guide looks at an opportunity for public health
Rail-Centric Construction Back on Track - Article discusses a new era of railroad station construction
Three Strategies for Refueling Abandoned Gas Stations - Reuse | Redevelop | Reposition
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Capital One Bank


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Russ Albanese

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Citi Community Development
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Jeff Kraut

North Shore - LIJ Health System


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The Nature Conservancy
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Pratt Institute



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Volunteer Event: Bay Clean Up Day 
August 17th | 9:30AM | Long Beach
Food Policy Council of Suffolk County 
Sustainable LI chairs food equity subcommittee

In 2009, Suffolk County Deputy Presiding Officer Vivian Viloria-Fisher created the Long Island Victory Garden Task Force in response to a visit to a Central Islip School District fourth grade class, where during a "legislators for a day" exercise the class asked if Suffolk County could help children afford healthy food. The Victory Garden Task Force exists to study and analyze information on how to encourage the development of community Victory Gardens, establish a plan to distribute produce grown on publicly owned property, and develop a program to encourage the creation and maintenance of Victory Gardens across Suffolk.  


A key recommendation of the Task Force was the establishment of a Food Policy Council to serve as an advisory council to the Suffolk County Legislature to build upon the work of the Task Force.The Food Policy Council of Suffolk County facilitates continuing dialogue, networking, and the development and growth of community gardens and other activities to improve access to healthy, fresh fruit and vegetables and tackles pressing issues including, but not limited to, hunger and obesity. The mission of the Council is to promote the production, distribution, and education of locally grown food; strengthen and prioritize policies that will improve food access, health, and nutrition; and to enhance the regional food system by utilizing local agriculture and farming.


Sustainable Long Island is proud to serve as a community-based organization on the Food Policy Council and to Chair the Food Equity Subcommittee, which seeks to improve food equity. The Food Equity Subcommittee is currently exploring several avenues for improving food equity and strengthening the regional food system, including redemption of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and educational outreach at farmers markets, as well as promoting healthy food in schools and corner stores.


Other sub-committees of the Food Policy Council are Community Gardens and Why Buy Local? - which are examining ways to support and expand development of community gardens and to promote growth, production, and consumption of locally produced foods.


With healthy eating in mind, don't forget to stop and shop at your local farmers' markets throughout the summer!


See below for a list of dates, times, and locations for Sustainable Long Island's partner markets. Also check out these listings in Nassau and  Suffolk for dozens of additional markets across the Island!


Flanders Farm Fresh Food Market

David W. Crohan Community Center

655 Flanders Rd.

Flanders, NY 11901

Open Saturdays from 10AM - 2PM   


Freeport Community Farmers' Market

Freeport Recreation Center

130 E. Merrick Rd.

Freeport, NY 11520

Open Saturdays from 11AM - 4PM   


Greater Bellport Community Youth Market

Boys & Girls Club of the Bellport Area

471 Atlantic Ave.

Bellport, NY 11713

Open Saturdays 11AM - 4PM


Spinney Hill Farmers' Market

125 Community Drive (parking lot)

Great Neck, NY 11021 

Open Sundays from 9AM - 2PM  


New Cassel Farmers' Market

First Baptist Cathedral

212 Garden St.

Westbury, NY 11590

Open Saturdays 11AM - 4PM    


Roosevelt Community Farmers' Market

Freeport-Roosevelt Health Center

380 Nassau Rd.

Roosevelt, NY 11575

Open Sundays 11AM - 4PM    


Shiloh Community Farmers' Market

New Shiloh Baptist Church

221 Merritt Rd.

Wyandanch, NY 11798

Open Saturdays 1PM - 4PM 


Dig, Eat, & Be Healthy 
A guide to growing food on public property

(via - Growing food on public property - from vacant fields, to schoolyards, parks, utility rights-of-way,  and even the rooftops of public buildings - can yield a diverse crop of community benefits. Fresh, healthy food is just the beginning: growing food on public property can also promote civic participation, public safety, food literacy, job skills, and urban greening - in short, healthier, more vibrant places. This guide - Dig, Eat, & Be Healthy - provides users with the tools they need to access public land for growing food, including:

  • Opportunities to work with public agencies to identify and inventory suitable growing sites and develop a process for partners to access these sites.
  • Common types of agreements that govern the relationship between food-growing groups and public entities, such as leases, licenses, and interagency agreements.
  • Common provisions in agreements, such as liability, utilities, maintenance, growing practices, contamination, access and security, and improvements.
  • Special issues related to growing food on school district property.
  • Sample agreements from real-world urban agriculture projects on public land.
Renewable & Energy Efficiency Seminar 
Presented by Capital One Bank


When: Wednesday, September 18

Where: Capital One Bank Executive Dining Room | 275 Broadhollow Road | Melville, NY 11747



  • 8:30am - 9:00am Registration/Refreshments
  • 9:00am - 9:30am Opening/"What is Energy Efficiency Anyway"
  • 9:30am - 12:30pm CPE/PDH Presentation
  • 12:30pm Question & Answer

Energy Efficiency and Accounting topics presented will discuss how to improve your Bottom Line through Cash Rebates, Energy Savings and Tax Incentives associated with Facility Improvement Projects. Architecture & Engineering topics include mechanical & electrical design, system optimization, wind/structural calculations, etc.



  • Francis Fragola, CEO Collaborative Energy Group,
  • Scott O'Sullivan, CPA, Partner Margolin, Winer & Evens LLP 
  • Charles Goulding Jr., Manager Energy Tax Savers, Inc.
  • Greg D. Sachs, PE, COO EmPower Solar

RSVP by September 6 to or call 631-459-1046


Seminar and Continuing Education Credits are Free!

Accountants receive 3.0 CPE Credits

Architects & Engineers receive 3.0 PDH Credits


Beat The Rush Hour!
Join us for the first annual Car Free Day on Long Island

Car Free Day is an international event celebrated every September in which people are encouraged to get around without cars and instead ride a train, bus, bicycle, carpool, subway or walk. This year, Car Free Day will be coming to Long Island on Friday, September 20, 2013. Visit the website:  


Car Free Day gives us the opportunity to consider the negative impact of single occupancy vehicles. Using cars less by using alternative modes such as transit, carpooling, bicycles, walking and telecommuting helps reduce traffic, conserve energy, reduce harmful emissions, reduce parking problems and save money!


To participate in this event, all you have to do is pledge to be car free or car-lite on September 20, 2013 by filling out the pledge form. It's that simple! Once you pledge you'll automatically be entered for a chance to win great prizes! Already car free? That's great and since you're doing the right thing, you will also get the same chance to win prizes when you fill out the pledge form.


Car Fee Day is an event celebrated in over 1500 cities in 40 countries around the world. It's celebrated in different ways but with the common goal of taking cars off the road. The benefit to society is a day with less traffic congestion, a greener environment and reduced energy use.


Help make the launch of Car Free Day on Long Island a great success - join Sustainable Long Island and pledge today!

Promoting Active Transportation 
Guide looks at an opportunity for public health

(via - Citing the growing rate of obesity, the high cost of gas and climate change, American Public Health Association and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership co-authored a primer to help transform the way Americans travel - and in doing so, grow stronger communities. "Promoting Active Transportation: An Opportunity for Public Health" highlights:
  • Examples of how to become involved with transportation, land use and built environment decisions at various levels in the community, region or state.
  • Common ways in which public health professionals can become leaders in the development of active transportation policies.
  • A brief overview of how transportation programs are organized and funded.
  • Suggestions for ways to engage.
Transportation decisions affect our individual lives, economy and health. Everyone needs to use various modes of transportation to get to work or school, to get medical attention, to access healthy foods at grocery stores and markets, and to participate in countless other activities every day. However, too many people are negatively impacted by inequitable transportation decisions that are detrimental to public health. That is why transportation planning is an ideal place to promote better health through more active transportation.

Rail-Centric Construction Back on Track   
Article discusses a new era of railroad station construction


(via - In the last decades of the 20th century, many of the projects undertaken during the golden era of railroad station restorations across the country involved anything except trains. Union Station in St. Louis, for example, reopened as an urban mall. Stations in Dallas and Jacksonville, Florida, became parts of convention centers. Union Station in Indiana­polis was packed with bars and nightclubs. The Cincinnati and Kansas City stations had museums created inside them.


Today, with train travel regaining ­popularity and high-speed passenger rail projects or improvements under construction, another era of railroad station construction is dawning. This time, nearly every station project includes intercity train service, and most incorporate other forms of transit, too. In this era, then, train service is returning to some stations that had abandoned it, and rail hubs once again are seen as magnets for real estate activity and opportunity.  


"What we're seeing now is a real resurrection of train transportation in the United States," says Rod Diridon Sr., executive director of the Mineta Transportation Institute, a public policy research center in San Jose, California. "We're going to see a wholesale return of integrated rail transportation and the return of the station as the iconic focal point in downtowns."


At Amtrak, the national intercity rail service, the station planning department has become so busy that it now monitors active railroad station plans and projects across the country. Its list is up to 150 facilities, according to John Bender, a program manager for Amtrak station planning. He says this activity level reflects surging passenger travel-from 21 million passengers in fiscal year 2000 to 31 million in fiscal 2012-necessitating new and larger stations to alleviate overcrowding in Amtrak shelters so tiny and dingy that some have come to be disparaged as "Amshacks."

All Aboard: Read on for the rest of this article...


Three Strategies for Refueling Abandoned Gas Stations 
Reuse - Redevelop - Reposition


(via - Depending who you ask, America's first gas station opened in either St. Louis or Seattle only a handful of years following the turn of the 20th century. The automobile was young, but already well on its way to driving straight into the heart of American culture. It didn't take long for gas stations to flood across the country, popping up along major arterial roads, prime hard corner locations, and highway off ramps-wherever traffic and auto access optimized a retailer's pro-forma. No city, no citizen was immune. The gas station became an aesthetically regrettable but compulsory compound in the refinement of modern urban development.

Drawing upon a handful of North America case studies, here's three strategies for refueling abandoned gas stations:


1. Reuse

There are a number of projects that have thoughtfully reused the footprint of former gas stations. Copper Star Coffee in Phoenix, Arizona is a noteworthy example. Once a small gas station, Copper Star still fuels city residents, but now it's by the cup, not the gallon. The unique architecture, signage, and often prime location of gas stations make them an intriguing adaptive reuse prospect for those with the creative wherewithal. Some have even gone so far as to turn them to private residences. Various states or programs tie targeted funding to gas station reuse, and a full quarter of the EPA's federal brownfield allocation is intended for petroleum brownfield sites.


2. Redevelop

Scraped and remediated, parcels formerly home to fueling stations are experiencing radical changes in land use across the world. These redevelopments mark a significant opportunity to transition prime real estate towards a better and higher use. In Vancouver, city officials and SoleFood have partnered to turn a former gas station lot into a 500 tree urban orchard that will produce fruits like apples, pears, and lemons. There's something particularly inspiring about turning a cog in the wheel of the carbon economy back into an urban greenspace.


3. Reposition

With recent growth in the use of electric and alternative fuel vehicles, as well as car sharing and burgeoning support for bike/ped options, some see gas stations of the future not as a radically different land uses but as multi-modal support stations that offer a little something for everyone. Imagine pulling up in your car or bike and being presented with a menu of fuels and services: gasoline, ethanol, propane, electric charge, biodesiel, tire pumps, bike tune-ups, and car sharing. Now imagine this place is also a stop along a transit line, bus rapid lane, rail line, or even streetcar system. It's not as crazy as you might think. In fact, Propel Fuels has already attracted both private and public funding to experiment with just this model in California.


Read more on the background of identifying these strategies for refueling abandoned gas stations...


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