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by Courtney Iseman

April 6, 2009


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Over 135 people attended the annual dinner of The Rockland Municipal Planning Federation (RMPF) on March 31, 2009.  The Federation holds the dinner to celebrate a year of achievements in town planning, to discuss new business, and elect their leaders.  The Federation chose Michael Shilale, AIA, LEED to discuss green buildings and their impact on our economy and environment. 

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The board members felt this was an important topic to focus on at an event that kicks off a new year of town and village planning. As building goes forward for both new buildings and renovations of existing buildings, Rockland is ready to be leaders of the green movement. As Mr. Shilale pointed out, the benefits of building a LEED certified building or making an existing building certified are numerous. Not only do these standards help protect the environment and our energy resources, but they can significantly reduce utility and maintenance costs, as well as improving the overall wellbeing of building inhabitants.

Mr. Shilale also spoke about what actions governments are taking to ensure an increase in green building and energy efficiency. He and new RMPF board president Charles Frankel, informed guests on ways to get involved with government advocacy and different aspects of green planning, driving the point home that this is an important community effort. It was agreed the evening was a great success, with a strong sense of solidarity among the RMPF, and the consensus that a great deal was learned from Mr. Shilale’s informative presentation.

Michael Shilale Architects, LLP (MSA), an eight person architectural engineering firm founded in 1991, is committed to protecting and preserving the environment through their design work. We help our clients solve their building problems, protect their assets and investments, build under budget, and realize their vision. MSA serves a municipal, commercial, residential and educational client base, including Rockland, Orange, Sullivan, Ulster and Nassau counties, in New York, as well as Bergen, Passaic, Hudson and Essex Counties in New Jersey. For more information, please call 845-708-9200, or visit their website at,