Community Support

A group of Long Island environmental organizations has come together to engage in collaborative outreach initiatives to promote the most effective programs to protect the environment from trusted partners that set high standards and provide quality assurance. The first program this collaborative has decided to support is the Long Island Green Homes Consortium. Environmental groups, civic organizations, business groups, educational institutions and elected officials have all agreed that one of the best ways individual Long Islanders can reduce fossil fuel consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, and air pollution is by improving the energy performance of their homes.

As more and more homeowners invest in making their homes more energy efficient not only do the benefits to Long Island's environment grow, it also creates more jobs on Long Island, keeps more money in the local economy that otherwise would have left Long Island to pay for fuel to heat homes and generate electricity, and improves the health of people who are vulnerable to the effects of air pollution.

The organizations listed below are promoting this energy efficiency initiative to their members, supporters and the general public.

Renewable Energy Long Island
RELI is a membership-based, non-for-profit organization promoting clean, sustainable energy use and generation for Long Island. RELI seeks public participation in energy policy decisions to encourage energy efficiency, use of renewable energy sources, and to protect our environment, economy, and public health. Below is a list of elected officials who are promoting Long Island Green Homes to their constituents.

HealthyPlanet
HealthyPlanet educates about the deep connection among all life on Earth, and the powerful effect our everyday choices can have on creating a cleaner, healthier and more compassionate world.

Vision Long Island
Vision Long Island is a not-for-profit organization that educates, advocates, plans, designs, and provides technical assistance on Smart Growth projects. Vision brings the best practices of community design together with experts, stakeholders, and decision makers to advance quality growth and preservation on LI.

Long Island Interfaith Environment Network
LIIEN works with places of worship of all faiths on Long Island to encourage the education of their congregations to the benefits of energy conservation, efficiency and renewables, reduction of toxins, and to urge places of worship to lead by example by making improvements in their own buildings and practices.

Rauch Foundation
Rauch Foundation is Long Island based family foundation that invests in innovative and effective programs designed to: give disadvantaged children and better start in life, improve the natural environment on Long Island and in Maryland and foster nonprofit and regional leadership.

Friends of the Bay
Friends of the Bay’s mission is to preserve, protect and restore the ecological integrity and productivity of the Oyster Bay/Cold Spring Harbor Estuary and the surrounding Watershed.

Citizens Campaign for the Environment
Citizens Campaign for the Environment is an 80,000 member, not-for-profit, advocacy organization working to advance strong environmental policies in NY and CT. CCE has worked for over 25 years to build widespread citizen awareness and advocacy for the protection of our natural environment and public health through extensive education, research, lobbying, and public outreach.

Group for the East End
Group for the East End, established 1972, protects and restores the environment of eastern Long Island through education, citizen action and professional advocacy. We have worked on major development proposals; wetlands, open space and farmland preservation; local beach conservation, and protecting wildlife habitats.

The Neighborhood Network
The Neighborhood Network is dedicated to reclaiming the suburban and rural character of community life on Long Island by preserving our environmental resources; initiating efforts to employ clean energy technologies; advancing planning principles that foster stronger communities; and holding our governmental officials accountable by advancing reforms which set the highest ethical standards and keep the operation of government open to the public.

Sierra Club Long Island Group
The Sierra Club is a grassroots based nonprofit volunteer/member-supported, public interest organization that promotes conservation of the natural environment through education, outdoor excusrsions, and by influencing public policy decisions--legislative, administrative, legal, and electoral.

NYIT
New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in more than 90 fields of study, including architecture and design; arts and sciences; education; engineering and computing sciences; health professions; management; and osteopathic medicine. A non-profit independent, private institution of higher education, NYIT has more than 15,000 students attending campuses on Long Island and Manhattan, online, and at its global campuses. NYIT is committed to environmental sustainability in research and in practice. Students and faculty have taken the lead in alternative energy research dating back to the early 1970s.

Nassau BOCES
Nassau BOCES offers training for the Building Performance Institute (BPI) Building Analyst certification. BPI Building Analysts perform weatherization/energy efficiency audits of residential structures. Students will use a combination of classroom theory and a hands-on approach using our "whole house" performance based simulator and field training. For more information including cost and schedule visit the Nassau BOCES Adult Evening Program website at www.adultednassau.org.

U.S. Green Building Council - Long Island Chapter
The USGBC-LI is committed to working with our fellow Long Islanders to improve our quality of life by improving the quality of the structures we build, and the environment in which we all live, work, and play. We are committed to leaving the world a little better than we found it so that future generations have an unfettered opportunity to do the same.

The Long Island Association (LIA) is the largest business organization in New York, and the leading organization in the Long Island region. Founded in 1926, the LIA’s membership now comprises thousands of businesses, labor unions, colleges, universities, not-for-profits, government agencies, and civic groups, which employ two-thirds of Long Island’s workforce. The LIA’s mission is to lead and unify the region in order to strengthen Long Island as a place to live, work, and do business.

 

HIA-LI is the recognized voice for business on Long Island and a powerful force and economic engine for regional development. Our member companies represent tens of thousands of business professionals. HIA-LI provides a forum for business leaders to network, problem solve and obtain advice on critical issues facing their businesses. Members benefit from our committees, educational programs, career resources, research capabilities, mentoring opportunities, business advisory services and frequent networking events.

 

The Long Island Progressive Coalition (LIPC) is a grassroots community-based organization founded in 1979, dedicated to promoting sustainable development, revitalizing local communities, enhancing human dignity, creating effective democracy, and achieving economic, social & racial justice. LIPC is the Citizen Action of New York (CANY) affiliate on Long Island.

 

 

Affiliated Brookhaven Civic Organizations

Elected Officials promoting Long Island Green Homes:

New York State Senators
John Flanagan
Owen Johnson
Kenneth LaValle
Jack Martins
Carl Marcellino
Dean Skelos
Lee Zeldin

New York State Assembly Members
Philip Boyle
Steve Englebright
Charles Lavine
Michael Montesano
Andrew Raia
Phil Ramos
Michelle Schimel
Joseph Saladino
Robert Sweeney
Harvey Weisenberg