This past weekend’s New York Times Real Estate column “Living In” featured a glimpse of suburban Huntington Village on Long Island. While the storybook downtown and long commute to Penn Station aren’t totally surprising, Huntington’s progressive green initiatives are. Last year, the town became the first in New York State to offer incentives to residents who own hybrid or alternative-fuel vehicles.
Parking on the street and in the town’s four commuter railroad station parking lots is free for residents with a “Keep Huntington Green” car decal, and they also receive free beach passes. Town Councilman Stuart Besen, a sponsor of the bill, said last year that “town residents who have taken a forward approach by purchasing hybrid or alternative fuel vehicles should be rewarded and I’m very excited that this is something that I could do at the local level.”
Other local sustainable initiatives include a green cleaning campaign to use environment-friendly Green Seal cleaning products at Huntington Town Hall, legislation to change Huntington’s building code to encourage installation of energy-efficient appliances and fixtures in all new residential construction, and public forums on topics like organic gardening and solar power incentives.
- The Heart and Soul of Suburbia (NY Times)
- Town of Huntington Begins 2007 in the Green (Huntington, LI)