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Purchase College Nabs Green Infrastructure Grant

Purchase College, SUNY has announced a $765,000 grant from the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) to implement green infrastructure and significantly improve stormwater management. Created by Governor Andrew Cuomo, the REDC has awarded more than $2 billion for economic growth and job creation during the past three years.

“Purchase College proudly accepts this green infrastructure grant from the REDC,” said President Thomas J. Schwarz. “This opportunity embodies the college’s ‘Think Wide Open’ motto, encompassing environmental and educational benefits for the betterment of our students and community.”

Two major green infrastructure practices—bioretention swales and porous pavers—will be used to manage stormwater runoff from formerly impervious surfaces (parking lots and pedestrian paths). The bioswales will divert water away from the hardscape, while the porous pavement will allow it to permeate the surface instead of going down the storm drains. According to Tom Kelly, Purchase’s senior energy manager, "Sustainability is one of the pillars of the college's strategic plan. This REDC grant affirms the college's commitment to the environment by proactively addressing local stormwater issues. It also is a notable validation that Purchase College is a leader in the green campus movement."

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New Home For Stillman Property Management

Mamaroneck-based property management firm Stillman Property Management is expanding and moving into new headquarters in Harrison. The company has leased 8,000 square feet of office space at 440 Mamaroneck Ave in Harrison, a property owned by the RPW Group. The third-generation firm is expected to move to the new space in the spring in order to allow for future growth, according to Roy Stillman, the company's president.

"We're excited about this move, which will allow our different operating groups to work together on a single floor," said Stillman in an announcement released Tuesday by the CBRE Group. He also added that the new offices “will incorporate new technology while enhancing our clients’ experiences, as well” with multiple conference rooms and on-site parking.

Sustainable Westchester Elects Inaugural Board

Sustainable Westchester, the new County-wide non-profit consortium of 40 municipalities that have joined forces to work on sustainability issues, held its first meeting of the newly-elected Board of Directors last month at Greenburgh Town Hall. The board includes mayors of three of the county’s five cities, two town supervisors and other county residents knowledgeable and active in the sustainability arena. The Board dealt with various organizational matters, as well as authorizing a submission to the Public Service Commission requesting permission to move forward on a plan for municipal energy aggregation.

“Working together, our local governments will be able to negotiate rates with utilities, saving money and providing price stability for their residents and small businesses,” said Michael Gordon, CEO of Joule Assets and a new Board member, who is taking the lead on this project. Other program committees are already at work and are looking for volunteers from member communities to get involved. 

The newly-elected Board of Directors of Sustainable Westchester, Inc., held their inaugural meeting on December 22. Board members (left to right) include: Herb Oringel, former chair of NWEAC; Sara Goddard, Chair, Rye Sustainability Committee; Christopher Burdick, Supervisor, Town of Bedford; Tom Roach, Mayor, City of White Plains; Dan Chorost, Partner, Sive, Paget & Riesel; Michael Spano, Mayor, City of Yonkers; Nancy Seligson, Supervisor, Town of Mamaroneck; Noam Bramson, Mayor, City of New Rochelle; Laura Rossi, Senior Program Officer, Westchester Community Foundation; Camilio Patrignani, CEO, Greenwood Energy; Michael Gordon, CEO, Joule Assets; and Peter McCartt, former chair of SWEAC, chair of Eastchester Environmental Committee.

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