Yesterday was an watershed for sustainable landscape maintenance – at least here on the East Coast. The Town of Southampton became the first in the Eastern United States to create the first certified AGZA Green Zone® park at its East Quogue Village Green. Going forward, the park will be maintained routinely with low noise, zero emissions electric battery-powered equipment and manual tools. Town Council member, Christine Scalera, her fellow Town council members and Supervisor, Jay Schneiderman, Parks Directors, Kristin Doulos and Jon Erwin were on hand with other staff and officials today to celebrate the achievement. In creating the AGZA Green Zone, Southampton leads the way for other communities to transition away from fossil fuels to cleaner, quieter, healthier and more sustainable practices.
The success of the project a result of teamwork between town leaders, its Parks department, Quiet Communities, (which laid the groundwork and worked closely with Town Council), the American Green Zone Alliance, which did the implementation with the Parks department, and local residents, in particular, Southampton resident, Stephen Jones, and Huntington CALM co-founders, Bonnie Sager, and Lucy Weinstein. It’s an example of how thinking global and acting local can really work.
The East Quogue Village Green is the pride of the Village and a showcase park for the Town. The park – the brainchild of neighborhood residents — is beautifully maintained and enjoyed by children, adults, and visitors who come to stroll, picnic, play, or attend concerts there. The park will be a model to show the community that with the proper equipment and training, it is possible to maintain quietly and cleanly without disruption to visitors or residents. Officials hope to expand the initiative to other town properties. If that happens, it will make a dramatic reduction not only in carbon emissions, but also toxic pollutants, noise, and toxic waste!
Congratulations to the Town of Southampton and the Village of East Quogue !