Huntington Village: Long Island’s Surprising Green Side

Huntington Village on Long Island is implementing some progressive environmental policies.

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.

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3 Responses to Huntington Village: Long Island’s Surprising Green Side

  1. Thanks Huntington Wednesday, February 27, 2008 at 12:28 am #

    So rich yuppies who can afford hybrids get special treatment while ordinary folks get nothing. I guess that’s “progressive”. This is typical of LI politicos. Government is just a series of dumb gimmicks to give them an excuse to pat themselves on the back via press release. Thanks Huntington.

  2. Stephen Del Percio Wednesday, February 27, 2008 at 10:47 pm #

    To be fair, as Meredith points out, the town is considering other less sexy sustainable initiatives that include encouraging energy efficiency in residential construction. And handing out a few free parking passes doesn’t seem like such a huge price to pay if it gets folks thinking about conservation.

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