Issued by: Town of Hempstead, Office of Supervisor Laura Gillen
(HEMPSTEAD, NY) July 10, 2018 - Town of Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen has directed all Department heads and Commissioners within the Town of Hempstead, America’s largest Township, to start giving preference to the purchase of commodities, services and technologies, including Town vehicles, that are on the New York State approved green procurement list. The directive comes on the heels of the Town becoming the latest and largest municipality in the state to take the New York “climate smart communities” pledge; which includes a commitment to reducing community energy use and the discharge of pollutants into the environment, while increasing the use of sustainably managed renewable resources.
“It is important that the Town of Hempstead demonstrate leadership in environmental stewardship through the use of green procurement and sustainable practices,” said Supervisor Laura Gillen. “We can minimize potentially negative health, environmental and economic impacts by making sound choices in the commodities, services, and technologies we utilize.”
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, carbon emissions in the form of carbon dioxide make up more than 80% of the greenhouse gasses emitted in the United States. In New York State, a whopping 34% of greenhouse gas emissions are derived from transportation vehicles.
“By making thoughtful vehicle purchase decisions, there is immense potential for reducing our transportation carbon pollution while maintaining or improving accessibility to the places, goods and services we enjoy,” said Supervisor Laura Gillen “I am committed to increasing the number of zero-emission, alternate fuel and fuel efficient vehicles in the Town’s fleet to help reduce noxious fumes and greenhouse emissions, and improve the health and quality of life for countless residents.”
The Town of Hempstead has over 1500 vehicles that are utilized on a regular basis.