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November 2015
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Long Beach Middle School "Reduce Rain Runoff" Community Challenge
Master Planner
Farmers' Market Season Comes to a Close
3rd Annual Sustainability All-Star Awards
Board of Directors
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Long Beach Middle School "Reduce Rain Runoff" Community Challenge
Emphasizing the benefits of green infrastructure 

Sustainable Long Island, along with the City of Long Beach, recently held a "Reduce Rain Runoff" Community Challenge for students at the Long Beach Middle School. Students were tasked with creating a work of art that emphasizes the benefits of green infrastructure. Artwork submissions included posters, sketches, and flow charts.

"Sustainable Long Island is proud to help educate and engage Long Beach youth through the 'Reduce Rain Runoff' community challenge," said Ann Fangmann, Executive Director of Sustainable Long Island. "Our goal is to continue to inform the greater community at large about green infrastructure in an aesthetically pleasing way."

To kick off the community challenge, Long Beach Middle School Principal Paul Romanelli welcomed the group and introduced art elective teacher Laura Swan. Ms. Swan introduced the challenge and spoke to the process and techniques used by students to develop their artwork. A slideshow of pictures, illustrating both in-progress and completed projects, played in the background on the Smart Board in the library multi-purpose room. 
 
Each student briefly presented their artwork and the green infrastructure concept that their artwork represented to their peers, Long Beach Middle School faculty, and the challenge judges. The judges consisted of Gabrielle Alper and Matthew Esposito of Sustainable Long Island, Megan Porter of the City of Long Beach, and Rusty Schmidt of Nelson, Pope & Voorhis. After each student presented, the judges walked around the room to take a closer look at each student's artwork and evaluate them. The projects were evaluated based on 5 categories: creativity/innovation, organization, design, clarity of message, and educational content. After evaluating the projects, the judges met outside the room to tally the scores and choose the two runners-up and the first place winner.

"Having worked with my 7th grade art class on this community challenge, I am proud of my students' forward thinking about green infrastructure," said Laura Swan, Art Education Teacher, Long Beach Middle School.

The chosen winners were:

1st Place Winner: Lucia Tomicick (winner of iPad mini)
Artwork represented a combination of different green infrastructure techniques with a special emphasis on the environment and ecological impact of reducing rain runoff. Lucy touched on the benefits of green roofs, such as reducing heating and cooling costs, and reducing rain runoff. 
 
Runner-Up: Anthony Scarpello
Artwork displayed the green infrastructure concept of vertical gardens and the benefits this space-saving technique can have in dense urban conditions. As urban areas are comprised of mostly impermeable surfaces, vertical gardens provide a unique way to reduce rain runoff. 


Runner-Up: Chloe Casey
Artwork focused on the benefits of permeable pavement. Chloe explained that traditionally, pavement is not permeable, causing water to run off and collect pollutants. This allows for pollutants to accumulate in the water. Permeable pavement allows for water to penetrate the pavement, and infiltrate the ground. 


All three finalists received certificates of achievement with the first place winner also being awarded an iPad Mini. Sustainable Long Island would like to thank all of the students for participating in the challenge. The art will be displayed in a public venue in the near future.
 
Master Planner
Learn more about Sustainable LI's new Executive Director 

(via LIBN) - Ann Fangmann always liked looking at maps and subway routes.

"I always had an interest in city or urban planning, even though I didn't have a name for it then," she said. "I'm interested in the built environment."

She earned a master's degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Delaware and is a certified planner through the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Early in her career she worked in the Nassau County Planning Department and later the Department of Public Works. While there, she handled regional transit, transportation and downtown revitalization projects.

Fangmann moved on to the private sector, serving as a senior planner at D&B Engineers and Architects in Woodbury, where she specialized in transportation, environmental and land use planning in addition to grant development and management.

Early this year, Fangmann joined Sustainable Long Island as director of programs, with responsibility for directing programs in economic development, community revitalization, redevelopment of brownfields and vacant properties, environmental health and justice, community health and wellness, transportation linkages, food access and equity issues across the Island.

Now, Fangmann has moved up to executive director of the Farmingdale-based organization.

"I had been familiar with this organization for years and I liked that it was a nonprofit organization - that it has a goal of working with low- to moderate-income communities that don't always have a voice," she said in explaining her interest in joining Sustainable Long Island. In her new role, she plans to build on the organization's social equity work while increasing its focus on planning.

"Regional planning is challenging on Long Island because there are so many different municipalities," she said. "It's an asset and a con at the same time - you get to work with unique places, but the approvals process is difficult."
 
Farmers' Market Season Comes to a Close
Van purchased for the coming years 

As the last of Sustainable Long Island's partner farmers' markets came to a close this month, we'd like to share one of the highlights of the season.

Earlier this year, with funding provided by the Walmart Foundation, Sustainable Long Island purchased a 2008 Ford E-Series Wagon E-350 XLT Super Duty Passenger Van to be used by the Nassau County markets in lieu of renting a vehicle each week to pick up produce from East End farms. The van will be owned and operated by the Cedarmore Corporation, project partners that run the Freeport Farmers' Market. The van will greatly decrease the transportation costs incurred by the Freeport, Roosevelt, and New Cassel farmers' markets, one of the project's largest expenses.
We'd like to thank all of the sponsors and supporters of this year's partner farmers' markets. Special thanks to Capital One Bank whose generous funding helped us provide technical assistance to many of the markets, which included:
  • Coordinating training sessions focused on health and nutrition, safe food handling, cash handling, customer service, and marketing
  • Assisting with customer survey and evaluation tools
  • Organizing an educational field trip to agricultural sites and local farms
  • Facilitating food demonstrations to show shoppers and staff how to prepare healthy meals
  • Providing additional funding to help increase the long term viability of the project
We look forward to 2016 and another year of these youth-led farmers' markets; a comprehensive community-based approach that combats the issue of food access in underserved Long Island communities. 
 
  
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