County Executive Announces Plans To Make Nassau Climate Smart

Sophia Hall
January 07, 2020 - 2:03 pm
Laura Curran

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LIDO BEACH, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — Nassau County Executive Laura Curran says the county has many plans to be greener.

"We're going to begin to convert our county fleet to low or no emission and fuel efficient vehicles, and promote the reuse and recycling of items," Curran announced Tuesday at Nickerson Beach. "Now you may be saying the county doesn't do much with garbage, however, we will work with our municipalities that do deal with sanitation on these goals."

Curran said other projects proposed in the 2020 capital plan will allow the county to conduct a feasibility study to install solar generation on community properties and buildings and determine the feasibility of converting several county fleets to electric vehicles.

While it will cost millions to make the changes, with some of the money coming from grants, Adrienne Esposito from the Citizens Campaign for the Environment says in the long run the county will save money by being climate smart.

"People don't know this but the greatest energy waste in America is the energy leaking from old buildings so a lot of these efficiency measures will save money and save the environment," Esposito said. "Being a member of the climate smart community not only fights climate change, but it also allows us to adapt to the impacts that we're already seeing such as increased flooding and sea level rise. This is a very smart thing to do."