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August 2015
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Sustainable Long Island and Long Island Arts Alliance to Develop Arts and Culture-based Corridors
Take a Survey, Win an iPad
Sustainable LI's presents an exclusive film screening event
Car Free Day Long Island
Imagining Livability Design Collection
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Sustainable Long Island and Long Island Arts Alliance to Develop Arts and Culture-based Corridors
Long Island Community Foundation provides $20,000 in support for innovative project

Sustainable Long Island (SLI) has been awarded $20,000 from the Long Island Community Foundation (LICF) to partner with the Long Island Arts Alliance (LIAA) to develop Long Island arts and culture-based corridors across Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Along with the LIAA, SLI will craft an integrated approach to helping the region thrive by leveraging arts and culture with the existing assets of local communities in order to appeal to international visitors.


"Shopping centers and outlets across Long Island are well positioned and have successfully and consistently attracted the global shopper throughout the years. What is often missing, however, is a coordinated and organized effort to create arts and culture-based tourist packages that will provide unique experiences these visitors are craving when they journey to Long Island - specifically to shop." said Amy Engel, Executive Director, Sustainable Long Island. "With the generous funding from LICF, our hope is to help local communities increase sustained tourism and foster arts-related economic development."


In 2013 the National Travel & Tourism Office reported that of the 32 million in overseas visitors that came to the U.S., 87.7% ranked shopping as the number one purpose of their trip. According to tourism industry research, arts tourists stay longer and spend more than the average traveler. Local businesses then in turn reap the financial rewards of the increased spending they bring to local economies.


"Long Island's world-class arts and cultural institutions are vital to fueling the local economy and to attracting the cultural tourist," said Theresa Statz-Smith, Executive Director, Long Island Arts Alliance. "It makes perfect sense to partner with Sustainable Long Island in this community based initiative to attract international visitors and shoppers alike."


As the economic impact of arts and culture on Long Island continues to grow, SLI and LIAA will:

  • Identify a maximum of five Long Island communities that include well established arts-related venues with close proximity to internationally appealing shopping;
  • Assess the willingness of community stakeholders for hosting/accepting large influxes of international visitors to their community;
  • Determine the logistical capability of these communities to handle such large numbers of tourists from a traffic, lodging, and dining establishment point of view;
  • Coordinate with established shopping centers familiar with the travel trades, bus operators, and the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) to discuss the possibility of combined culture-based tourism packages;
  • Develop a map of international visitor corridors of communities with art venues well positioned, willing, and logistically able to support large amounts of tourists seeking unique, cultural experiences.

Travel trade experts report that what their clients are yearning for are "unique cultural experiences that they can enjoy." We believe Long Island is well positioned to provide these unique cultural experiences with its breathtaking scenery, legendary hospitality, historic landmarks, and world-class arts and culture entertainment. A report prepared by former Long Island Association economist Dr. Pearl Kamer in the summer of 2011 found that over a five year period arts respondents on Long Island increased spending of almost $171 million for goods and services, generating increased income of more than $96 million, and creating more than 4700 jobs.


To achieve the goals and objectives outlined above (the program will start in September 2015), SLI and LIAA will:

  • Speak with local officials and key community stakeholders in a maximum of five communities that are potentially well suited to handle international tourists in each community arts-related venues;
  • Conduct an online survey to assess public sentiment about culture-based international tourism;
  • Host a focus group of community stakeholders in each of the potential communities to solicit public input on the project;
  • Meet with professionals at the key shopping establishments familiar with travel trade, as well as bus operators and the LIRR, in order to assess their willingness to partner;
  • Assess through reviewing maps, demographic analysis, surveys, and field evaluations the logistics of whether the community infrastructure, road network, existing dining establishment arrangement, and existing lodging can support large numbers of visitors all at once;
  • Using mapping software, develop a map of international visitor corridors to include key arts venues, shopping venues, lodging, dining, and other relevant data that can be used to generate additional culture-based tourism on Long Island.

By conducting the necessary research and engaging the public in the five communities; identifying next steps as well as obstacles that need to be overcome; and clearly mapping out the corridors of possibility - this effort will result in a master plan for how to develop an integrated approach to helping the region thrive by leveraging the arts and culture with the existing assets of local communities in order to appeal to international visitors. It is a necessary first step that will ultimately lead to enhanced tourism, thriving economic development, a revitalization of our downtowns and local communities, and a world-wide appreciation of the unique cultural gems Long Island has to offer.


Take a Survey, Win an iPad
Are you prepared for the next large-scale storm?

How would you feel about taking a shot at winning an iPad Mini just by completing a five minute survey?


As long as you are living on Long Island, just access this link and take your best shot:  


What is the survey about

The survey is aimed at collecting information about Long Islander's level of knowledge related to potential disasters. Through its questions, the survey will determine your knowledge on first-aid, evacuations plans, etc., and what you can do in extreme situations caused by natural disasters.


Who can enter?
The survey is designed for people living on Long Island and it measures how prepared they are for the next major natural disaster since Superstorm Sandy. All residents of Nassau and Suffolk Counties that complete this survey can enter the race for a chance to win a 16GB iPad Mini, one of the bestselling tablets developed by Apple.


Survey content
The 18 questions that compose the survey are very specific and the honesty of the answers is extremely important moving forward. Depending on how fast of a reader you are, it takes from 5 to 10 minutes to go through each of the questions.


Throughout these questions, Sustainable Long Island wants to determine things like if your house is properly equipped and supplied in case of a natural disaster and even gauge your general knowledge related to such catastrophes.


After having completed the survey, you will be asked to enter your valid e-mail address in order to be eligible for the draw. The winner will be notified via e-mail by September the 30th, 2015.


Information privacy
Named the "Storm Readiness Assessment", the survey's information will only be shared with the competent authorities and key leaders that can help manage and improve such a situation, such as the Long Island Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster, Suffolk County Office of Emergency Management, or the American Red Cross. 


Racing to Zero
Sustainable LI's presents an exclusive film screening event 

On Tuesday, September 29, 2015, inside the Alumni House - Main Room at Adelphi University, Sustainable Long Island will present an exclusive screening of Racing To Zero - a quick-moving, upbeat documentary presenting new solutions to the global problem of waste. By simply substituting the word RESOURCE for the word GARBAGE, a culture can begin to be transformed and a new wealth of industries can emerge.

Three years ago, the mayor of San Francisco pledged to achieve zero waste by 2020. Racing to Zero tracks San Francisco's waste stream diversion tactics and presents innovative new solutions to waste. This film documents a surprising, engaging and inspiring race to zero. For more on the film, click here.  


More information will be announced moving forward, including information on a pre-film reception and an interactive question and answer session discussing the film's key messages with leaders in the industry.

Tentative Event Schedule:
5:00pm - 6:00pm Reception
6:00pm - 7:00pm Film Screening
7:00pm - 8:00pm Questions + Answer Session

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Tickets are $25 per person. Call for the student rate of $10. For more information contact Diane Ferraro at 516-873-0230 or

Sponsors to date include Farrell Fritz, PSEG Long Island, Miriam K. Deitsch, Ph.D, and Robert and Susan Bernard.

Car Free Day Long Island
Celebrate sustainable transportation this September 

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, Long Island will once again join in by celebrating its 3rd Annual Car Free Day on Tuesday, September 22, 2015.


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!


Sustainable Long Island is proud to support Transit Solutions and 511NY Rideshare as they spearhead this initiative on Long Island for the third year in a row. To participate in this event, all you have to do is pledge to be car free or car-lite on September 22, 2015 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 Free 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 3rd annual Car Free Day LI a great success - pledge today!


Imagining Livability Design Collection
Communities for people of all ages

(via Planetizen) - The Imagining Livability Design Collection by the AARP Livable Communities and the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute provides a visual portfolio of placemaking solutions that can be implemented quickly, for not too much money.

Local leaders, planners, engineers and visionaries of all kinds use a range of innovative and tested techniques to make a community more livable and walkable. For instance, communities that are looking to make tangible, doable, affordable livability changes can get started simply-such as by relocating the painted lines (or removing the paint altogether) on existing streets.


The Imagining Livability Design Collection is a 38-page visual portfolio of tools and transformations created by AARP Livable Communities and the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute.

It identifies "short-range," relatively low-cost improvements can typically be implemented in less than a year-sometimes as quickly as a few weeks-and cost anywhere from a few hundred to several thousand dollars.

Read more here...

Together we can build a more
sustainable Long Island


These challenging economic times have magnified the problems we Long Islanders face each and every day. With our leaders warning us of tougher times to come, thinking regionally and acting locally is urgent. It is in all of our best interests to stay engaged and do what we can together to build a more sustainable Long Island.


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