Long Beach is has recently become one of the greenest cities in all of New York state. The city now encourages it’s residents to live green by asking them to send photos of their efforts to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The City of Long Beach has been designated a Clean Energy Community by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), recognizing its leadership in reducing energy use, cutting costs and driving clean energy locally. Currently, Long Beach is one of only eight communities on Long Island to be granted this designation
-In 2013, the City voted to implement a fast-track solar permit which is free to homeowners.
-September 2015: Long Beach has added green corners recycling program throughout the city.
-September 2015: Long Beach rolled out the “Business District Beautification” initiative. This included Greenery (hanging and sidewalk planters), additional bicycle racks and sidewalk power-washing
-October 2015: Long Beach successfully planted over 3,000 trees.
-In 2016, the City upgraded a majority of the City’s streetlight system to LED lighting.
-March 30, 2016: A $37 million contract for the Long Beach Dune Project was awarded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. When finished the project will beautify and help preserve one of America’s cleanest beaches.
-May 3, 2016: The Long Beach City Council unanimously voted to ban smoking in Long Beach parks, beach and boardwalk. Long Beach which has the second cleanest beach in the nation according to the National Resources Defense Council, decided to join the “growing national health and environmental movement” by creating the smoke-free legislation, according to a message on the city’s website.
-June 8, 2016: The city imposed a charge of $24.50 per square yard of sidewalk in front of a business. The money collected will go to the city’s “clean team” to keep sidewalks and gutters in front of businesses.
-October 18, 2016: The Long Beach City Council passed Nassau County’s first-ever Carryout Bag Ordinance. On Earth Day, April 22, 2017 all business establishments would begin charging a fee of not less than five (5) cents for each carryout bag made of plastic, paper, or reusable material (thicker plastic or cloth) to make the cost of the bag clear to the customer – customers who bring their own bags will not be charged.
-April 2017: The City of Long Beach in cooperation with the Town of Hempstead holds a household hazardous waste collection program named S.T.O.P. every spring.