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New Rochelle Looks Forward to GreeNR Initiative

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Matt Soares of New Rochelle’s EQ studios, and friend Max Ash are looking forward to the implementation of the city’s 43 GreeNR initiatives over the next 20 years.

The project is divided into three periods of time including long term, medium term, and short term, which spans over the next two and a half years. Plans call for environmentally sound renovations and upgrades, such as energy efficient lighting in parking garages, and improvements to city hall, all of which are in the developmental process.

“It’s great for the environment,” said Soares. “When has it ever not been?” he said. “Green is good,” said Ash.

Several businesses, like Soare’s, which sit across from the Division Street parking garage, on Church Street will benefit from the new initiatives as they are a part of the New Rochelle community and near a highly used facility.

After several months of discussion and public hearings, GreeNR was approved at the council’s March 15 regular legislative meeting.

City of New Rochelle Sustainability Coordinator Deborah Newborn informed the city council of the implementation plans, at their July 19 regular session meeting, some of which have already progressed.

"I'm pleased to report that GreeNR has been very well received not only within New Rochelle, but outside of our city as well," said Newborn.

She said the environmental plan has won two awards, and been used as a model by other cities around the country.

While certain parts of GreeNR are separately negotiated with city departments, such as the department of public works, more details were needed about what aspects are legislative, budgetary, and administrative, for clarification purposes.

Newborn was not available to give an update on where action stands Monday.

Check back for updates.

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