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Hundreds of people marked Earth Day at Good Ground Park in Hampton Bays to take a close look at some hot cars for a cooler tomorrow! A dazzling display of environmentally friendly vehicles were featured in the Electric and Hybrid Car Expo on Saturday April 21st from noon to 4pm at Good Ground Park in Hampton Bays.
Participants also had a chance to learn more about home energy efficiency and residential solar, participate in an electric landscape maintenance equipment demonstration and even step inside a tiny house during the Earth Day celebration! There were raffles, food trucks and face painting!
“This was a great opportunity for everyone to envision the future with high tech environmentally friendly vehicles and energy efficient housing in one setting,” said Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman. This was the perfect way for the whole family to celebrate Earth Day.”
“New York leads the nation in the fight against climate change by reducing our carbon footprint and investing in clean energy alternatives,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo. “I applaud the Town of Southampton for their efforts to reduce emissions, promote energy efficiency and increase access to electric vehicles. And I look forward to continuing to work together to make New York a cleaner, greener state for all.”
Brian Foley, Deputy Regional Director of New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, praised the Town for its regional leadership on sustainability. He presented the Town with a proclamation signed by Governor Cuomo recognizing that leadership.
“Given the Governor’s greenhouse gas reduction target and the rebates for EV’s, it seemed the best way to educate the public about this, was to run an event,” said Glorian Berk and Dieter von Lehsten , Sustainable Southampton Committee co-chairs. By educating the public with this event, Southampton is leading by example.”
“We are grateful for the enthusiastic support of the car dealers, exhibitors, sponsors and committee members who generously donated their time and talent,” said event coordinator Lynn Arthur, a member of the Sustainable Southampton Committee. “I was good to talk about the thousands of dollars that can be saved by investing in rooftop solar, an energy efficient pool pump or an EV. It makes me smile, to have been part of a committee and Town whose leadership is committed to preserving our natural resources through its economically advantageous programs.”
“I am proud of the Town of Southampton for continuing to be at the forefront of many sustainable initiatives,” said Councilwoman Christine Scalera. “Just last spring, in partnership with Quiet Communities and the American Green Zone Alliance, we established the first AGZA Green Zone on the East Coast and last week we dedicated the second zone that brings electric powered equipment to our facilities and improves the quality of life for everyone.”
“Alternative energies such as solar, hydroelectric, wind, biomass, geothermal and tidal power generation are the future of clean energy production and represent one of the fastest growing areas of our economy,” said Southampton Town Councilman John Bouvier. “As the owner of two hybrid vehicles, I know that I am helping to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and reducing carbon emissions.”
“I was pleased to participate in Southampton Town’s Earth Day celebration,” said New York Assemblyman Fred Thiele. “I sponsor and support legislation in the Assembly to accelerate the use of electric vehicles and commend the Town for implementing energy efficient, renewable and sustainable development projects in our community.”
“The East End of Long Island has traditionally been a leader in environmental action, energy efficiency and the use of renewables,” added NYS Senator Ken LaValle. “The Town of Southampton continues to be a front-runner in utilizing and promoting these environmentally-friendly measures.”
“As a coastal community, it is critically important that we continue to advance sustainable and renewable energy resources and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, said Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming. “I applaud the Town for continuing to be a regional leader in environmental policy, in setting a goal of 100% renewable energy by 2025. As chair of the Suffolk County Legislature’s Renewable Energy Construction Task Force, I support this advance, and expect that the map the Task Force will produce of potential sites for renewable energy production with low environmental impact, will assist the Town and others in meeting such goals.”
“I was delighted to be part of such a great event to demonstrate to the community the variety of choices and the benefits of energy efficiency measures that are available throughout our everyday life from our vehicles to our homes and cost effective ways to implement them,” said Christine Fetten, the Department of Municipal Works Town Engineer.
The Expo was co-sponsored by Peconic Land Trust, Renewable Energy Long Island, Tiny Hamptons, Bedford 2020, Kiwanis Club of Southampton Town, Prfct Earth Toxic Free landscapes, Surf Rider Foundation, North Fork Environmental Council, DefendH2O, Group for the East End, Green Homes Long Island, Sierra Club Long Island, LWV, Peak Power Long Island, South Fork Natural History Museum, and Radio Stations EHM, The Beach and BAZ.