In an effort to promote a healthier indoor environment for homes and other buildings, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has designated October 17th to the 24th as National Radon Awareness Week. Watch the EPA's video HERE
Responsible for upwards of 20,000 deaths per year, radon is second only to smoking as a leading cause of lung cancer. Like carbon monoxide, it is odorless, and colorless and can only be detected by testing of air samples in the home/building. If high levels of radon are detected, the issue can be easily addressed.
A byproduct of the natural decay process of uranium, radon gas breaks down further to form radioactive particles that attach themselves to dust particles. These particles pose their danger when inhaled.
There are solutions that are moderately priced and easily adapted to both new and old buildings. The first step is to have your home tested. The EPA has an excelent guide to get you started, click on A Citizens Guide to Radon to read more from the EPA regarding testing, mitigation techniques, and more.Read more
Korean Presbyterian Church Elder Ha discussed their consultant's drawing of the revised site plans for the church grounds at 50 Pintard Avenue on Saturday, September 18, 2010 with the Marvin Place Block Association. The plan calls for increasing the number of parking spaces from 60 to 81 which includes dedicated handicapped parking spots while not losing any 'green space'.
According to the church, the plan met with approval from the local Residence Park group, even though the church grounds are outside the historical boundary of the adjoining Residence Park area. Elder Ha said that the plan was not to ruin the green space view from Pintard Avenue. He added that many people from different backgrounds will use this church facility and that, "... the church is part of the community and we want the community to share it with us."
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Iona College announced today that they will become the first educational facility in Westchester to adopt Con Edison’s incentive and rebate program for upgrading facilities with high efficiency lighting systems. Iona’s adoption of this major green initiative will save the college more than $113,000 a year in electric costs and provide a rebate of about $125,000.
The Hynes Athletics Center is one of 17 campus buildings being upgraded, and the one which will yield the largest savings and rebate.Read more
The New Rochelle Transportation Center that is used by Metro-North, has a dangerous driving situation that needs to be addressed. When the entire center was rebuilt to include a parking garage and new entrance ramps, the western entrance was built with a view block when exiting the center and entering Division Street. Division Street is a one-way southbound street bridge. A second similar situation exists on the next block just over the railroad tracks.
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When driving up this ramp and reaching the top at Division Street (located between Railroad Avenue and Station Plaza North) and at Railroad Avenue, the driver of a vehicle cannot see oncoming traffic on the right when stopping at the crosswalk. A driver must 'nose out' for the ability to see oncoming traffic - creating an accident situation for not one but two motorists.
The cause of this view block is the fence on the bridge over I-95. The fencing appears to be built according to code, but in this case, the fence needs to be modified. Below are photos I recently took of this dangerous place.
These intersections are dangerous for both motorists and pedestrians as visibility is limited.Read more
Governor Expected to Sign Legislation Which Combats Sprawl and Promotes Environmentally Sound Infrastructure Development
Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) is pleased to announce passage of her bill, the State Smart Growth and Infrastructure Policy Act (S.5560B/A.8011B), which will combat modern development practices that have contributed to urban and suburban sprawl. The legislation passed both houses of the legislature last week and will now be sent to the Governor for his consideration.
“My bill establishes state smart growth public infrastructure criteria and requires state agencies to review and consider these criteria in making decisions regarding new projects,” noted Senator Oppenheimer. “It ensures that publicly funded construction projects use, maintain or improve existing infrastructure and protect natural resources. New construction projects will also have to adhere to smart growth principles.”
The legislation requires relevant state agencies to establish smart growth advisory committees that would consult with residents, environmental groups and other stakeholders before approving state infrastructure projects.Read more
It's curious to watch how the power of buzzword marketing pulls people into a concept. With our rush to "save the environment", are we overlooking a few details that, in the end, cause more harm than good at the most local level? The revenge of unintended consequences, so to speak.Read more
Article in the Westchester Herald, May 17 by Peggy Godfrey
Sustainability Consultant Debra Newborn explained that because New Rochelle was selected as one of the three cities to be part of the ICLEI pilot, the Draft GreenR 2010 Vision and Action for a Healthier Community Plan was created. Thirty three (33) volunteers were selected by City Manger Chuck Strome, comprised of experts and community leaders. The community workshop attracted 150 residents. She asked if this plan makes sense for the residents of New Rochelle and if there is a reasonable probability it can be accomplished. Although she felt most initiatives in the report would save money, she explained there is a need for a thorough cost analysis, especially for future allocations using grants and voluntary actions. She is looking forward to constructive suggestions. The public hearing was held on May 11 at New Rochelle City Hall.