At Monday's unveiling of this year's Green Guide
At Monday’s unveiling of this year’s Green Guide at East Hampton Town Hall.

Seventeen independent environmental groups have joined forces to ensure candidates in this fall’s election for East Hampton Town Board and Town Supervisor are educated about environmental issues facing the town.

Representatives from the East Hampton Environmental Coalition (EHEC) unveiled their “2017 East Hampton Green Guide: A primer on sustainability policy for candidates” on Sept. 25.

According to the guide, “The Town of East Hampton has a long record of sustainability leadership, particularly on the issue of open space. But there are many steps the town can take to continue to improve its environmental performance – and the town’s elected leaders will play a critical role in this effort.”

The guide is intended to be a one-stop-shop for “candidates, policy makers and current elected officials to learn about new opportunities and approaches to persistent sustainability challenges.”

The eight-page guide includes the groups’ overview of the current state of groundwater and surface water protections, coastal adaptation and resiliency, dark skies and quiet skies, energy and greenhouse gas reduction and habitat protection and stewardship.

It also contains bulleted “Action Plan” items for each issue, giving candidates an overview of the work that would most effectively meet theses sustainability goals.

The guide was developed by the New York League of Conservation Voters in conjunction with these coalition members: the Accabonac Protection Committee, Amagansett Springs Aquifer Protection, Concerned Citizens of Montauk, International Dark Sky Association – New York Chapter, Long Island Businesses for Responsible Energy (LIBFRE), New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, Northwest Alliance, Renewable Energy Long Island and the  Quiet Skies Coalition.

It has also been endorsed by Defend H20, Ditch Plains Association, Friends of Georgica Pond Foundation, Group for the East End, Peconic Baykeeper, Perfect Earth Project, Surfrider Foundation: Eastern Long Island Chapter and the Third House Nature Center.

More information and a full pdf file of the guide is online here: 2017 East Hampton Green Guide

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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