The city is getting a little greener with a new sustainable landscaping program

NEW ROCHELLE, NY – The city of New Rochelle continues to move toward a greener future in ways that are very visible and, in some ways, not so noticeable.

As part of New Rochelle’s GreeNR Sustainability Plan and the enhanced green requirements of the new Downtown Overlay Zone (DOZ) Amendments, New Rochelle is taking new steps to promote eco-friendly landscaping practices. environment and sustainable.

In collaboration with Sustainable Westchester, American Green Zone Alliance (AGZA) and Quiet Communities Inc. (QCi), New Rochelle will work to create programs that will improve air quality as well as the quality of life and health of residents and public workers, as well as healthier ecosystems for plants and pollinators, better social equity and long-term savings.

“Through this new partnership, unanimously supported by the City Council, New Rochelle will launch a comprehensive program that will allow us to work collaboratively with residents and businesses, and position small local landscapers to help lead the transition. toward sustainable landscaping practices,” the New Rochelle MLA said. said Mayor Sara Kaye. “I’m excited for the opportunity for New Rochelle to lead by example and create a model for the region on how to move away from harmful gas-powered equipment by implementing a program that will bring many health benefits. , will promote social equity and improve our environment, while balancing the barriers that municipalities, residents and small businesses may face during this transition.”

Through this partnership, New Rochelle received a $210,000 grant from the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) Clean Energy Communities Program to help achieve the goals .

“New Rochelle is proud to be a leader in municipal green policy,” said Parks and Recreation Commissioner Vin Parise. “Highlighting the importance of clean air is essential to promoting a healthy environment, and the city departments leading this effort exemplify our strong commitment to creating a more sustainable future for New Rochelle neighborhoods.”

New Rochelle says the new environmental vision includes key policies:

  • A strategic planning process that will involve stakeholder meetings to collaboratively and effectively lay the groundwork for a quick and diligent implementation of the entire project.
  • An AGZA-certified municipal green areas program that will begin with transitioning landscape maintenance at three sites operated by the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation from gas-powered landscape equipment to sustainable electric alternatives, and the certification of sites as AGZA Green Zones.
  • A business program that will help local businesses facilitate similar transitions in their equipment through education, training, certification and equipment discounts.
  • A residential program that will provide rebates and education to help residents incorporate healthy groundscare practices; and encourage the creation of AGZA Residential Green Zones as sustainable models of land protection.

Elected officials and environmental officials have hailed New Rochelle’s efforts to ditch fossil fuel-powered leaf blowers, lawn mowers and trimmers that are harmful to the local environment and ecosystem.

“At the center of this effort is critical progress in climate change mitigation at all levels of government and in the community,” said Nina Orville, Executive Director of Sustainable Westchester. “New Rochelle is leading by example and we are proud to help them expand their commitments to environmental improvement.”

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