East / Regional Reports

Government, Green Industry, and Labor Unions Unite

September 7, 2009
/ Print / Reprints /
/ Text Size+

ISLANDIA, N.Y. - An influential selection of Long Island lawmakers, industrial linchpins, and labor leaders met July 24 to address the Island’s role in a world going green.

The meeting at Wales-Darby Inc.’s Energy Learning Center was the first of the Green Island Coalition, an umbrella of union representatives, corporate powers, and Island-wide policymakers dedicated to public health and cost-effective sustainability.

The coalition said it champions several simple concepts:

• “Greening” is an ecological imperative.

• There are billions of dollars in grants and tax incentives available for environmentally friendly construction projects that the region’s residential and commercial property owners should pounce on.

• When they do, the jobs they create must go to Long Islanders.

Jo Keirns, executive director of the Washington-based Green Mechanical Council, endorsed the coalition. It was also supported by Green Synergy Systems; Matt Ferber, Angelo D’alessandro, and Joe Morganti; Islip supervisor Phil Nolan; Long Island Islip McArthur Airport commissioner Teresa Rizzuto, and several labor union principals, including Frank Pelligrino, Mario Mattera, and Art Gibson of UA Plumbers Local 200; and Don Fiore of IBEW Local 25.

“There’s a small window of opportunity here,” Ferber noted. “There will never be a time like this again. This is the time to show the homeowner and the property managers and the builders that going green is the most affordable way to reduce your energy bills by up to 70 percent.”

Keirns noted similarities between the coalition’s mission and the work of the Green Mechanical Council, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the education and promotion of environmentally sound residential and commercial mechanical systems.

“With all facets of the industry working together, government officials, union members, educators, nonprofits and manufacturers, etc., we can educate and train a larger green workforce, along with generating green job opportunities and ensuring sustainable, energy efficient buildings,” Keirns stated. “Working as a team, we can also keep costs for the construction, along with operating and maintaining the facility to a minimum.”

Other projects topping the Coalition’s to-do list include the Heartland Town Center residential/commercial development on the former grounds of the Pilgrim State Psychiatric Hospital, and several projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

A second meeting is planned for the late fall.

Publication date: 09/07/2009

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to The NEWS Magazine

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

2014 Energy Efficiency Forum

Highlights from the 25th annual Energy Efficiency Forum in Washington, D.C.


NEWSMakers: Rajan Rajendran

Rajan Rajendran, newly appointed director of the Emerson Innovation Center, talks about the new $35 million facility and how it will function on the University of Dayton campus. Posted on Aug. 29.

More Podcasts


NEWS 09-01-14 cover

2014 September 1

Check out the weekly edition of The NEWS today!

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Prohibiting HFCs

EPA is proposing a rule that would prohibit some HFCs in select refrigeration applications. Do you agree with this move?
View Results Poll Archive


2014 National Plumbing & HVAC Estimator

Every plumbing and HVAC estimator can use the cost estimates in this practical manual!

More Products

Clear Seas Research


Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications, Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.


Magazine image
Register today for complete access to ACHRNews.com. Get full access to the latest features, Extra Edition, and more.


facebook icontwitter iconyoutube iconLinkedIn i con