When government practices support sustainable development, our work in communities has a lasting impact.

While carrying out our community work across Nassau and Suffolk counties, Sustainable Long Island also works with government to craft policies and legislation that move Long Island ever closer to economic, environmental and social sustainability.

We advocate policies at the village, town, county and state levels that will revitalize emerging communities, protect open spaces, provide a greater range of housing options, redevelop brownfields and foster greater social equity for all Long Islanders. Sustainable Long Island conducts policy analysis and influences policy development through white papers, manuals and research on the latest issues on sustainable development.

Our advocacy efforts have helped achieve great victories for Long Islanders: we helped craft and successfully supported the passage of statewide brownfields cleanup legislation, adopted into law in 2003 and supported the creation of an area wide approach to brownfields redevelopment (Brownfield Opportunity Areas); we worked with other regional organizations to successfully convince the Long Island Department of Transportation (LIDOT) to create a $3 million Pedestrian Safety Fund; and we were part of the coalition of Long Island civic groups that helped pass four open space preservation measures on Election Day 2004. In 2007, we successfully pushed the Town of Babylon to open up a post office in Wyandanch without the blight of barb-wire and bullet proof glass and in 2010 we urged the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to add a similar program to BOA’s in the form of area-wide planning grants. Through this effort Senator Schumer held an event with the EPA, HUD, and DOT announcing the availability of sustainable community regional planning grants.

Please find copies of our latest testimonies on Sustainable Long Island’s blog!