The “Green Team,” an initiative that has been making local government more energy-efficient, is expanding from its base in Cortlandt. The Villages of Dobbs Ferry and Hastings-on-Hudson are now working to develop municipal Green Team programs for internal government operations.
According to Green Team organizer Dani Glaser, the program kicked-off on March 1, 2011 at Dobbs Ferry Village Hall where Mayor Connett of Dobbs Ferry, Mayor Swiderski of Hastings-on-Hudson and 18 Village leaders attended a Green Team Leadership Training session led by Glaser.”To hit the climate challenge ahead of us we need to make changes now. Our village governments need to set an example for our communities, and this change starts from within. Our village green teams will help change the culture, and this training will help us do that,” said Swiderski.
The funding for this work derives from grants awarded to the Village of Dobbs Ferry and the Village of Hastings-on-Hudson from the Clean Air Cool Planet – Community Catalyst Fund. Each Village was awarded the maximum amount of $2,500 for the project. The grant provides training and assistance to municipal employees in the critical areas of leadership development, goal setting, identification of resource-conservation opportunities, and communication. The program is further intended as a role model for residents, local businesses and neighboring municipalities.