Town of Clarkstown Listens to Local LEED Expert





Clarkstown continues its steps towards making a green community


by Courtney Iseman

January 26, 2009

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New City  NY -  Michael Shilale, was invited to a meeting of the Clarkstown Energy Committee on January 26, 2009. The Committee, founded in 2008 by council members Shirley Lasker and Frank Borelli, is primarily concerned with energy efficiency.  Clarkstown  invited Mr. Shilale to brief the members on green building and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), the United States Green Building Council’s system for rating green buildings.

Mr. Shilale discussed the need for reducing carbon emissions and increasing energy efficiency in new and existing buildings, as well as the many benefits that come from doing so.  The benefits include cost efficiency, carbon reduction,  and building occupant wellness just to name a few.  The steps for determining what makes a building green are outlined by the LEED rating system.   

Most buildings can become a certified 'green' building by exhibiting compliance with LEED’s five main categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality. The credits that can be obtained run the gamut from integrated pest management and alternative commuting to sustainable purchasing.  Energy Star certification and purchasing Energy Star products are stepping stones toward becoming a truly sustainable building and achieving a LEED certification. 

The presentation made for an interesting dialogue and a successful meeting.   Clarkstown has already adopted legislation requiring all new homes to achieve Energy Star Certification.  The Energy Committee continues to analyze, suggest and share knowledge that provides valuable tools and resources helping Clarkstown achieve their green goals.  Also present at the discussion were Councilman Frank Borelli,   town planning board member George Hoehmann, and town planner Jose Simeos, pictured with Michael Shilale above.

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