Sustainable Long Island and NEFCU Adding Some Green to Clark Botanic Garden

SLI and Credit Union Will Build Rain Garden, Add Plants And Place Stepping-Stone Walkway This Thursday In Town of North Hempstead

Farmingdale, N.Y., August 16, 2016 – The greening of Long Island continues when NEFCU and Sustainable Long Island (SLI), volunteers dig in to a beautification and environmental sustainability project this Thursday at the Clark Botanic Garden in Albertson to build a rain garden, add native plantings and place a stone pathway. The demonstration garden will teach visitors the techniques and the benefits of building rain gardens on their home properties, so that they can support water quality efforts and provide habitat for birds and pollinators.

The Westbury-based credit union has been undertaking similar projects throughout the summer in partnership with Sustainable Long Island, a local non-profit dedicated to promoting economic development, environmental health and social equity across the region.  To date, the two organizations have undertaken planting and beautification efforts at Teatro Yerbabruja Performing Arts Center in Central Islip, and Cove Animal Rescue in Glen Cove. “Sustainable Long Island is thrilled to be joining forces again with the hardworking and environmentally conscious NEFCU Cares volunteers and our long-time community partner, the Town of North Hempstead,” said Ann Fangmann, Executive Director of SLI.

“We thank the NEFCU volunteers as well as Sustainable Long Island for assisting with the new installation. A rain garden at Clark Botanic Garden will further the educational mission of our garden,” said North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth. “Rain gardens help to filter excessive nitrogen from storm water runoff and help to replenish our aquifers. I hope that this garden will plant a seed of inspiration in all who see it, so that they will think of planting their own rain garden at home.”

The summer effort by NEFCU is part of its “Beautify Long Island 3% At A Time” promotion.  The promotion highlights NEFCU’s Go Green Checking account that pays up to 3% interest depending on the depth of the member’s banking relationship. For every new account opened earlier this year, NEFCU contributed $20 to Sustainable L.I.

More than a dozen volunteers from NEFCU will be joined by Town of North Hempstead horticulture and sustainability staff, and government officials including Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth to work on the lush grounds of the 12-acre living museum and educational facility in Albertson (193 I.U. Willets Rd.). SLI’s rain garden partner Rusty Schmidt, with Nelson, Pope & Voorhis, will help guide the volunteers through the day’s activities.

“To be able to step up and help make this public gem even more valuable and more beautiful for Long Islanders is an honor for NEFCU, and a tremendous source of pride to our team of volunteers,” said Valerie Garguilo, vice president of marketing and community relations at NEFCU.  “The work we’ll be doing will add another dimension to the Center’s commitment to environmental sustainability, which we all benefit from.”

Rain gardens are an important tool toward clean water and environmental conservation, as they are used to reduce stormwater runoff, and improve the health of the surrounding waterways.  Rain gardens are shallow, vegetated basins that collect and absorb runoff from rooftops, sidewalks, and streets. In addition, rain gardens promote infiltration of rainwater into the ground, thus recharging our underground aquifers, Long Island’s primary water source.



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