Warmest Holiday Wishes
from Sustainable Long Island
Dear Friends,

As the holiday season winds down, there is still time to make a donation to Sustainable Long Island in 2013. Supporting Sustainable Long Island enables us to continue fostering a vibrant economy, promoting a healthy environment, and creating equal opportunities for all. Just this past year:

  • Sustainable Long Island developed a plan in conjunction with the City of Long Beach Manager's office to assist the City in engaging its residents and businesses owners through public participation initiatives. We conducted numerous boardwalk focus groups and public meetings, along with the distribution of boardwalk visioning surveys. Together, the meetings and surveys produced feedback and input from over 2,500 participants, all of which was incorporated as the City planned for the $44.2 million resurrection of the new boardwalk; opened fully almost one year to the day after the storm. Sustainable Long Island continued to work with the City throughout 2013 on various recovery and revitalization efforts, including facilitating beach clean-up events; bolstering of its small business recovery and preventing closure of local businesses; preserving jobs; encouraging tourism; and ultimately creating a more economically vibrant community for all Long Beach residents. 
  • For the fourth consecutive year, Sustainable Long Island continued to proudly work closely with numerous community partner organizations and the Long Island Farm Bureau to provide technical assistance to youth-staffed farmers' markets throughout Nassau and Suffolk Counties. These markets, often operated in underserved communities, provide jobs to local high school students in each community, promote nutrition and education to residents, give community members a greater choice of fresh produce and healthy food options, and help boost the local and regional economy. This year we have provided technical assistance to markets located in Roosevelt, North Bellport, Flanders, New Cassel, Wyandanch, Freeport, and Great Neck.  
  • Sustainable Long Island was proud to be part of a team of consultants working on the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program focusing on the areas of Oceanside/Island Park/Harbor Isle/Barnum Island; The City of Long Beach; Lido Beach/Point Lookout; and The Village of Atlantic Beach/Atlantic Beach Estates/East Atlantic Beach. Sustainable Long Island (along with the project team) has held 22 planning committee meetings and eight public engagement meetings in all of the Community Reconstruction areas mentioned. At each of the meetings, community members had the opportunity to learn about the NY Rising CR Program, create a community vision statement for the future, and be part of the development of the conceptual plan designed to increase the resiliency of their communities.
  • Sustainable Long Island released the Long Island Food System Report Card (LIFSRC), a joint indicator project between Sustainable Long Island's Food Equity Advisory Committee (FEAC) and Adelphi University's Vital Signs project, which takes the first step in looking at the state of our food system. The LIFSRC creates a comprehensive baseline profile of the Long Island food system, highlighting indicator trends and needs as well as relationships among sectors of the food system. Data findings then inform recommendations for a safe, fair, and sustainable food system and serve as the platform for subsequent community discussions about policy and program development.   


  •  Sustainable Long Island and North Shore-LIJ Health System (NSLIJ) partnered on the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute funded Carbon Footprint Challenge, an initiative designed to increase awareness of pollution prevention, and educate health system employees about strategies for minimizing pollution and improving sustainability in order to build healthier homes, work places, and communities. The Carbon Footprint Challenge had three primary project components: education and information sharing; raising awareness, measuring, and training; and encouraging replication.

  • Sustainable Long Island has worked with the Town of Oyster Bay on the Northwest Hicksville BOA Step I program. The Town and The Northwest Hicksville Brownfield Opportunity Area Steering Committee co-hosted two Public Open House workshops facilitated by the project team, consisting of Sustainable Long Island, H2M, and Nelson, Pope & Voorhis. The public workshops were designed to receive input from Northwest Hicksville residents, businesses, and other stakeholders on ideas for potential revitalization of underutilized, vacant, and other potential brownfield sites in the study area. Sustainable Long Island also created and distributed a community survey for Hicksville residents and business owners to provide input and help develop a vision to guide future redevelopment for the study area.

  • Sustainable Long Island has worked with the Town of Riverhead to conduct and facilitate implementation of their Brownfield Opportunity Area Step II Nomination program. The Town has undertaken many planning efforts centering on downtown revitalization and feels this process will bring added benefits above and beyond those traditionally associated with a BOA nomination, such as a market study, niche market and branding plan - as well as a website geared to potential developers and business owners considering locating in Riverhead.


  • Sustainable Long Island continued to work with the Town of Oyster Bay on the Downtown Bethpage Revitalization project. The key goal of this Nassau County project is to provide the community of Bethpage with the tools to attract and maintain economically viable businesses in the downtown. In 2013, Sustainable Long Island (along with the project team) held an open-house style focus group for senior citizens where they could learn more about the project and weigh-in on issues and opportunities and hosted a youth-visioning exercise where middle school and high school students gave their feedback and ideas to help plan for the future of their community.


These are just a few of the many projects benefiting Long Island that your support has directly made possible. We hope you will please consider donating before the year end. Your tax-deductible donation will strengthen our organization's mission and purpose: improving the quality of life for each and every Long Islander. 



Happy Holidays!


- The Board and Staff of Sustainable Long Island


Sustainable Long Island's mission is to advance sustainability by fostering a vibrant economy, promoting a healthy environment, and creating equal opportunities for all Long Islanders.  


As a catalyst and facilitator of community planning, Sustainable Long Island works across the region with leaders and residents of Nassau and Suffolk County for the betterment of all Long Islanders.


Please donate today and together we can continue to build a more sustainable Long Island.