FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 13, 2013
North Hempstead Honored by U.S. Green Building Council for “Yes We Can” Community Center
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Huntington, NY – Supervisor Jon Kaiman and his administration received high praises last week at the sixth annual gala of the US Green Building Council—Long Island Chapter, where North Hempstead’s “Yes We Can” Community Center was recognized as a stellar example of an environmentally sustainable structure.
This year’s gala was held June 10th at Oheka Castle and spotlighted Long Island honorees that have played a role in improving the region’s quality of life.
North Hempstead’s “Yes We Can” Community Center received an award for paving the way as the first such facility in the region to attain the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification.
“I’m very proud that this Community Center, the anchor for New Cassel’s massive revitalization effort, has become a regional icon for environmental innovation,” said Supervisor Kaiman, who was unable to attend the gala due to a death in his family.
Congressman Steve Israel was honored for his leadership in helping reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign oil, lowering energy costs and championing a clean technology economy.
“We are at a moment in time when we should be making critical decisions about our environment,” said Congressman Israel. “I am very proud that we have leaders and innovators who say “Yes We Can” and move forward.”
North Hempstead Town Councilwoman Viviana Russell, whose district encompasses the New Cassel area, thanked the USGBC for its advocacy and leadership in helping create sustainable communities. “How we build the structures where we live, work and play has never before been so critical,” she said.
Nassau County Legislator Robert Troiano, who also represents the New Cassel area said, “The creation of the ‘Yes We Can’ Center serves a dual purpose of fulfilling a decades-long mission for the community while preserving the environment for future generations to come.”
Councilwoman Viviana Russell receives the U.S. Green Building Council Award, flanked on the right by Nassau County Legislator Robert Troiano, and on the left by Sammy Chu, Chairman USGBC LI Chapter.