Babylon Receives DEC 2010 Environmental Excellence Award

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

Under Steve Bellone's watch, Babylon is the only municipality in the state awarded the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation 2010 Environmental Excellence Award.

From the press release:

Town of Babylon - Long Island Green Homes Project (Suffolk County)

The Long Island Green Homes (LIGH) project in Suffolk County is the first operational, municipally-administered and -financed energy efficiency retrofit program in the nation. The program began in 2008 and has resulted in more than 400 houses that are now more energy efficient due to upgrades and retrofits. The average participating homeowner saves over $1,000 in utility costs.

Also through this program, residents from the environmental justice community of Wyandanch are being trained in green jobs, which will provide a skilled workforce to the program's contractors.

Environmental benefits being achieved include an annual savings of 115,300 kilowatts of electricity, 75,485 gallons of oil, 29,000 cubic feet of natural gas, 2,421 gallons of propane - along with a reduction of 1,080 tons of carbon dioxide emissions.