The meeting addressed today's "going gree" environment and urged a larger green workforce.
On July 24, Wales-Darby
Inc. was host to the first meeting of the Green Island Coalition at the company’s
Energy Learning Center in Islandia, NY. The meeting addressed the Island's role
in today’s going-green environment. The organization -concerned with public
health and cost-effective sustainability - consists of union reps, corporate
powers and Island-wide policymakers.
champions several simple concepts: "Greening" is an ecological
imperative, there are billions of dollars in grants and tax incentives
available for environmentally friendly construction projects, the region's
residential and commercial property owners should pounce and when they do, the
jobs they create must go to Long Islanders.
Endorsing the Green Island Coalition wasJo Keirns, executive director of the
Washington, DC-based Green Mechanical Council. Bringing the Green Island Coalition
to fruition was Manorville, NY-based Green Synergy Systems,Matt Ferber,Angelo
D’AlessandroandJoe Morganti. Others supporting and in attendance were Islip
SupervisorPhil Nolan, Long Island Islip McArthur Airport CommissionerTeresa
Rizzutoand several labor-union principals.
Also involved were Islip CouncilmanGene Parrington, Wales-Darby PresidentBrian Darby, New Media
Marketing Vice President Joseph Lapiana, as well as Deputy McArthur CommissionerEric HofmeisterandSteve Levine, President
and CEO of AtmosAir Solutions/Clean Air Group.
"There's a small window of opportunity here," Ferber noted.
"There will never be a time like this again. This is the time to show the
homeowner and the property manager and the builder that going green is the most
affordable way to reduce your energy bills by up to 70 percent."
Keirns noted similarities between the Coalition's mission and the work of the Green Mechanical Council, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the education
and promotion of environmentally sound residential and commercial mechanical
systems. The Council recently announced Wales-Darby, the HVAC and plumbing
titan known for its Energy Learning Center and other environmental efforts, as
its latest member organization.
"With all facets of the industry working together, government officials,
union members, educators, nonprofits and manufacturers, etc., we can educate
and train a larger green workforce, along with generating green job
opportunities and ensuring sustainable, energy efficient buildings," Keirns
stated. "Working as a team we can also keep costs for the construction,
along with operating and maintaining the facility to a minimum."
Among the topics discussed at the inaugural meeting was McArthur Airport's
Waste-to-Energy Facility, which generates electricity while annually
eliminating hundreds of thousands of tons of trash. Islip officials are eyeing
some aide in federal grants for a major expansion effort, one of about 15
regional projects on the Green Island Coalition's radar.
Other projects topping the Coalition's to-do list include the vast Heartland
Town Center residential/commercial development on the former grounds of the
Pilgrim State Psychiatric Hospital and several Island projects funded by the
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
A second Green Island Coalition meeting is planned for the late fall.
Green Mechanical Council