On Wednesday, December 7th Sustainable Long Island hosted its 4th Annual Sustainability All-Star Awards at the beautiful Carlyle On The Green in Farmingdale, New York. This year Sustainable Long Island honored the lives and legacy of Amy Hagedorn and Ruth Negrón-Gaines. Amy and Ruth demonstrated year round that helping underprivileged neighborhoods and our youth is not just an investment in the longevity of sustainable development, but a guaranteed solution to eradicating the economic problems we are challenged with daily.
Under Amy Hagedorn’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 food access, brownfield redevelopment, and environmental justice projects. As a Board President of Sustainable Long Island, Ruth Negrón-Gaines was an energetic, articulate advocate for the concerns of families and children residing in communities on Long Island.
Sustainable Long Island’s Sustainability All-Star Awards annually show how important it is to recognize Long Island leaders in the field of sustainability. Committed leaders have become All-Stars throughout the sustainability sector of Long Island by helping disadvantaged communities, implementing various projects and programs, engaging Long Islanders directly to help foster relationships and build capacity, and dedicating themselves and their affiliated organizations to advance sustainability initiatives Island-wide.
Leaders in the field of sustainability demonstrate All-Star characteristics by:
- Helping disadvantaged communities by implementing innovative projects and programs;
- Engaging Long Islanders directly to help foster relationships and build capacity;
- Dedicating themselves and their affiliated organizations to advance sustainability initiatives Island-wide.
This year, Sustainable Long Island’s Annual Sustainability All-Star Awards brought together the region’s top executives and decision makers in the business, government, and nonprofit world. Sponsors for the event included Northwell Health, PSEG Long Island, the New York Community Bank, and Farrell Fritz. Additional supporters included JetBlue Airways, the Department of Earth and Environmental Science at LIU Post, the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University, GEI Consultants, Quiet Communities, Nelson Pope & Voorhis, CA Rich, Bob and Susan Bernard, Lennard and Ann Axinn, and Environmental Resources Management. As part of Sustainable Long Island’s 2016 fundraising efforts Tesla Motors offered guests an opportunity to win a 24-hour experience with a Tesla Model S. Guests also enjoyed complimentary bottles of Wölffer Finca Rose. This gift was graciously donated by Southampton’s Wölffer Estate Vineyards.