COUNTY UNANIMOUSLY PASSES A GREEN PROCUREMENT POLICY
April 2008, Nassau
County Legislators unanimously passed a Green Procurement
Policy. This comprehensive green effort has taken place across
the Long Island region, with Suffolk County passing into law
a Safe and Sustainable Purchasing bill last year. These powerful
initiatives will ultimately protect public health and our
environment. By adopting this bill into law the County of
Nassau is setting a higher standard of safety for their employees
while setting an example for other municipalities, residents
and businesses to follow.
Research over the past two decades has revealed each day
we are exposed to hundreds of toxic chemicals in products
and places we wouldn't suspect. Certain cleaning supplies,
food service packaging, building construction products, office
equipment, polystyrene foam, park and recreational products,
landscaping products and vehicle maintenance products to name
a few. These commodities will be reviewed by an appointed
County Advisory Committee which will research safer alternatives
for all of these categories.
"The residents of Nassau County have confirmed, over and
over again, their devotion to the protection of the environment,
said Legislator Judy Jacobs. Their support has been unwavering
as to land preservation, water conservation, and green procurement.
Therefore, it is with great pride to be part of this bill
which helps us to protect the future for our children and
grandchildren. It reminds me of a Helen Keller quote, 'We
must never be content to creep, when we feel the impulse to
soar'. This bill certainly proves that this County Legislature
is proud to soar when it is related to the environment."
"I'm proud to be a sponsor of the legislation establishing
a Green Procurement Policy for Nassau County, said Legislator
Judy Bosworth. I truly believe that the local government has
a responsibility to do all it can to protect and preserve
our environment. I hope that in implementing a green procurement
policy Nassau County can set an example for other municipalities
and our residents by showing them ways in which we all can
replace our current supplies with environmentally friendly
"A cleaner environment cuts down on pollution and health
hazards, said Legislator Norma Gonsalves. I supported this
bill since it provides for the health and safety of our residents.
We are committed to do everything we can to make our environment
"By passing this law, Nassau County is not just leading
by example, but we may introduce our contractors to new green
products that they will take to using more regularly. That
opens the door for this legislation to have add-on effects
beyond the changes it will require in County buildings and
County projects.", said Legislator Wayne Wink.
"I am proud that we have passed this bill, since it demonstrates
that we are truly concerned about the world that we are leaving
to our children and generations to come".-Legislator Denise
"This law will benefit current and future residents of Nassau
County and I look forward to working with the members of the
green procurement committee. It is a sound initiative that
preserves and protect the environment for future generations,"
Legislator Denenberg, chair of the Planning, Development and
Environment Committee said.
"Nassau County has taken a giant step towards protecting
public health, especially for the health of future generations,
with the passage of a green procurement bill. The County is
also setting a pro-active example for residents and businesses
by purchasing safer commodities, technologies and services,"
said Laura Weinberg, President of Great Neck Breast Cancer
"With passage of the Nassau's County Green Procurement Legislation
as well as the County of Suffolk passing into law a Safe and
Sustainable bill last year, our elected officials have displayed
a regional commitment to building a healthy environment for
all through preferred purchasing." Karen Miller, Huntington
Breast Cancer Action Coalition.
"There are numerous alternative products available such
as low VOC paints, green cleaners, efficient vehicles, Energy
Star equipment, recycled paper, and natural lawn care products.
Nassau County is leading the way in demonstrating that these
solutions are better for public health and the environment,
and can be used in a fiscally responsible manner," said Beth
Fiteni, Program Director of the Neighborhood Network.
Aside from the health and environmental benefits this regional
effort to purchase safe and sustainable products will boost
the marketplace encouraging manufacturers to develop safer
products at a lower cost.
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