Green Initiatives For Conservation
Peconic Land Trust's values and goals reflect our organizations desire to protect our environment and appreciate our natural resources. Over the last several years we have taken steps to minimize our carbon footprint by making our offices more efficient and by integrating "green principles" throughout the organization. We aim to continue making a difference by providing resources to the public and to the land trust community about the positive effects that land preservation has on climate change.
What has become very clear is that our core values and our strategic goals already reflected the current trends toward "Going Green":
Core Values: Value our resources
- Value our working and natural lands, community assets, including trails and gardens, watershed areas, wildlife habitats, and scenic vistas
- Value our role and responsibilities as stewards of the land on behalf of our communities
- Value and conserve all resources in our everyday work
More Core Values . . .
Strategic Goals: Become A Regional Leader For The Stewardship Of Land And Natural Resources
- Provide land managment and stewardship services that are economically and environmentally sustainable
- Develop and share sound land management and stewardship practices that serve as a model for others
- Operate all Trust facilities in an energy efficient manner
- Manage every aspect of our work and operations in a conversation-minded way -- reduce, reuse, recycle!
- Educate ourseleves about the impact of climate change on the work we do and adapt accordingly
Land conservation has a significant impact on our Ecosystems Services. To learn more about this connection, click here for an essay written by South Fork Land Steward Matt Swain and former Project Manager Sara Gordon.
We've also spent some time recently looking at our internal operations, and seeing where small changes could make an impact. Here are some of the things we are doing to go Green throughout our organization:
- Recycling cans stationed throughout the offices.
- Lights are to remain off in any unoccupied rooms.
- Printing many of our newsletters, invitations, brochures, and calendars on environmentally friendly paper.
- In 2007 and again in 2016, the Trust purchased a Toyota Prius for everyday use, cutting gas consumption in half.
- Net-metered solar photovoltaic array installed at North Fork Stewardship Center.
- The Trust’s budget process includes analysis of baseline energy cost and consumption.
- Actively supporting local farms and farm stands in partnership with Long Island Farm Bureau, Long Island Wine Council, and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County.
- Maintaining a 30-acre CSA farm to provide for over 200 families with organic produce at Quail Hill Farm. Quail Hill Farm also participates in local farmers markets and donates produce to the food pantries in East Hampton.
- Lease farmland to over 20 farm operations on over 200 acres across the East End through our Farms for the Future Initiative.
- Creating our own compost for internal use and sale.
- Maintain a community garden at The Agricultural Center at Charnews Farm with up to 50 plots for organic produce.
- Employing low-impact, sustainable lawn practices at Bridge Gardens.
- Offering lawn care advice through partnerships with Perfect Earth Project, Cornell Cooperative Extension and Peconic Estuary Program
- Installed a demonstration vegetable garden at Bridge Gardens, with the produce donated to the Sag Harbor Food pantry
- Started a new 20-plot Community Garden program at Bridge Gardens in 2015.
- Repurposing bamboo at Bridge Gardens for planting materials and fencing.
- Promote better water quality in natural wet lands through conservation projects. A few recent examples: Forge River, Ward's Point
- Partner on water quality research projects with the Noank Aquaculture Cooperative, National Grid Foundation and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County through our Shellfisher Preserve and the Peconic Pearls program.
Resources For The General Public
The following are links to programs and services offered to the general public.
Energy Efficiency and Waste Reduction
Town Green Pages
Brookhaven:Energy and Sustainability
Smithtown:L.I. Green Homes
Southampton: Office of Energy and Sustainability
Shelter Island: Recycling Tips and Information
Resources For Land Trusts
The following are a list of resource links for land trusts -- and individuals interested in the how the work of land trust's can be used to influence the use of green initiatives.