Farmingdale, N.Y., August 9, 2016 – Sustainable Long Island, a leading nonprofit organization advancing economic development, environmental health and social equity, recently announced it has been awarded a $7,500 grant from PSEG Long Island.
Sustainable Long Island and PSEG Long Island both share a strong commitment to building safe and sustainable communities. Continuing Sustainable Long Island’s “Reduce Rain Runoff” initiative will foster environmental education and provide green infrastructure techniques which will help to recharge our aquifers, reduce stormwater runoff, and help improve water quality. PSEG Long Island’s grant will offer meaningful opportunities for students who represent the next generation of environmental advocates.
“I commend Sustainable Long Island for ensuring Long Island is a safe and more sustainable place for future generations,” said John O’Connell, Vice President of Transmission and Distribution for PSEG Long Island. “Having a proactive, nonprofit organization like SLI that is effectively attuned to the environmental and economic needs of our region is exactly what our communities need in order to maintain a viable future.”
“Raingardens help promote the infiltration of rainwater, recharging ground water supply and positively impacting water quality in an environmentally sound manner,” said Ann Fangmann, Executive Director of Sustainable Long Island. “Not only will the funds received from PSEG Long Island contribute to the development of a raingarden website, but it will also aid in the advancement of our educational outreach program.”
Increasing the awareness of the benefits of green infrastructure through the program to date has included the distribution of hundreds of “Reduce Rain Runoff” literature at Long Island schools and Sustainable Long Island events, educational presentations and challenges, as well as raingarden builds and native plantings in several communities, including the Cities of Long Beach and Glen Cove, and East and Central Islip.
About PSEG Long Island: PSEG Long Island operates the Long Island Power Authority’s transmission and distribution system under a 12-year contract. PSEG Long Island is a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (NYSE:PEG), a publicly traded diversified energy company with annual revenues of approximately $10.4 billion.