The Mamaroneck School District and the Village of Larchmont were the recipients of the Green Star Award last week, when Grassroots Environmental Education announced the results of a county-wide environmental assessment program, “How Green is My Town?” The assessment – which is expected to serve as a national model – was based on a combined score from the school district and the Village and identified Larchmont as of the six “greenest towns” among more than 40 communities in Westchester.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paul Fried was on hand to receive the award at PACE University on behalf of the schools. “We are proud of the outstanding efforts that our schools and particularly Assistant Superintendent Meryl Rubinstein and Director of Facilities George McNally have been making to address environmental issues and best practices around them,” said Dr. Fried. “Our recent energy audit, which produced some exciting results, is just one example of our goal to improve on our environmental responsibility to our community. We congratulate retiring mayor Liz Feld and the Village of Larchmont as well for all the tremendous work they’ve done in this area.”
Dr. Fried noted that the district’s planned energy improvements will enable the schools to become about 19 percent more energy efficient and generate significant long-term cost savings at the same time.
The How Green Is My Town? Assessment is a 142-point evaluation tool that analyzes local efforts on climate change, sustainability and environmental health. More than 100 PACE students associated with the Academy for Applied Environmental Studies program conducted interviews with municipal, school and business officials from November through early March. The communities with the highest combined scores (school district weighted 30%; town/village 60%; business community 10%) were recognized with the Green Star Award. In addition to Larchmont, other towns that received the Award include Bronxville, Chappaqua, Katonah, White Plains and Yorktown.
“We are thrilled to recognize our Green Star Award winners – local governments and schools that are actively addressing these critical environmental issues,” said Patti Wood, executive director of Grassroots. “We hope they will serve as models for other communities and school districts in Westchester and across the country.”
All How Green Is My Town questions and answers, plus details of every town’s scores, are available online at www.HowGreenIsMyTown.org/westchester.
About Grassroots Environmental Education
Grassroots Environmental Education is a NY-based not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization founded in 2000. Grassroots is dedicated to educating the public about environmental toxins and their impact on human health. Through the production and distribution of science-based materials, the organization seeks to empower individuals to act as catalysts for positive change in their own communities.
Debbie Manetta is public information officer for the Mamaroneck School District.