Amy grew up here on Long Island and raised her family here. She believed that Long Island deserved the economic and natural resources for future generations to live, enjoy and prosper here. She saw the beauty and strengths of our communities.
Amy was not born to wealth, but when it came her way through marriage to a marketing genius named Horace Hagedorn, she knew what to do with it: she chose to give it away through a foundation with a limited life span, making grants of meaningful size, to bring about real change on Long Island – change that she could witness in her lifetime.
In 1996, Amy and a group of environmentalists, civil rights advocates, developers, business people, and community leaders came together over shared frustration about the economic, social, and environmental problems faced by those living and working on Long Island. As the need to focus on the problems of housing, transportation and economic opportunity grew, Amy and these leaders realized they could not continue to solve problems individually – they needed a new approach to “accomplish more together.” Determined to improve the region, they formed Sustainable Long Island.
Under Amy’s leadership, Sustainable Long Island facilitated downtown revitalization efforts in over a dozen communities, advised elected officials at all levels, linked tens of millions of dollars in investment with communities in need, and emerged as the regional leader for brownfield redevelopment, food access and environmental justice projects.
In 2014, at the Eighth Annual Sustainability Conference, Sustainable Long Island recognized Amy with a lifetime achievement award, who after nearly twenty years stepped down from the Board of Directors.
The Board of Directors and Staff of Sustainable Long Island want Amy’s family to know she was not just our founder, but more importantly, she was our conscience who helped bring social equity to Long Island communities that were often overlooked.