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Rockland Business Association's Green Council

Chaired by Michael Shilale, Architect

What's Happening Newsletter - July 2017

Michael Shilale, AIA, co-hosted a radio show with SUEZ NY on WRCR 1700AM. Michael and the RBA Green Council are grateful to SUEZ NY for the opportunity to spend some time on the air to highlight some recent successes of the Council and what is new and sustainable in Rockland County.

Michael enjoyed some playful banter with his cohost Bill Madden the director of communications for SUEZ NY and their guests. They were joined by Charmaine Cigliano from Orange and Rockland and Supervisor Howard Phillips the chairman of the RC Solid Waste Authority.

Last fall we had a great ‘red’ carpet, ‘black tie’ pre-awards gala for all the winners of our 7th annual green awards, and SUEZ has offered us the radio air time to do that again for our 8th annual RBA Green Awards this coming fall.

The Green Council is proud to have Suez Water NY as their RBA Subsidiary Group Sponsor. Suez has released a new Water Conservation Initiative. We hope to recognize some early adopters of this new conservation program with a Green Award in the Water Conservation Category.

RBA paddleboat tripOn June 1st, the RBA Green Council co-hosted a Tappan Zee Bridge Tour that was sold out.

A romantic afternoon on a Mississippi style paddle boat, RBA members sailed from Haverstraw Marina to the new bridge.

Once arriving at the bridge, Dan Marcy, who serves as the Community Relations Specialist for the New NY Bridge, treated members and their guests to a fascinating and instructive talk about the trials and tribulations of building the nation’s largest infrastructure project. Their efforts to minimize the environmental impact of this massive project were significant and were highlighted during the presentation.Two Tappan Zee bridges, RBA tour

The RBA Green Council is looking forward to the possibility of cooperating with Leadership Rockland on their Environment Day. We hope to implement a Green Certification program, are coordinating with Keep Rockland Beautiful on a building tour series, and hope to facilitate a solid waste summit to help improve Rockland County diversion rates.

One thing is clear to us at the RBA Green Council, saving energy, conserving water, reducing waste and improving transportation all make good economic and environmental sense and are critical to the future of Rockland County.

2016 RBA Green Awards and General Membership Luncheon

The RBA Green Awards and General Membership Luncheon was held on October 20th with Orange & Rockland Utilities as the lunch sponsor and with Michael Shilale, architect and RBA Green Council Chair who orchestrated the ceremony.

Awards were given out to:

  • Innovative Plastics for Energy Efficiency - sponsored by O&R
  • Rockland Country Club for Water Conservation - sponsored by SUEZ
  • Keep Rockland Beautiful for Waste Reduction - sponsored by Green Meadow Waldorf School
  • Rockland Community College for Transportation Improvement - sponsored by Instrumentation Laboratory

 

Green Award winner Matt Freeman, Innovative Plastics, with Charmaine Cigliano and Michael Shilale
Green Award winner Matt Freeman, Innovative Plastics,
with Charmaine Cigliano and Michael Shilale

Green Award winner Matt Ceplo with Chris Graziano of SUEZ and Michael Shilale
Green Award winner Matt Ceplo (center) with
Chris Graziano of SUEZ and Michael Shilale

 

Green Award winner Sonia Caro, Keep Rockland Beautiful (center), receives award from Eric Silber, Green Meadow School and Michael Shilale
Green Award winner Sonia Caro, Keep Rockland Beautiful
(center), receives award from Eric Silber,
Green Meadow School and Michael Shilale

Cara Politi, 511 Rideshare and Jeff Gerber, Instrumentation Labs, join Michael Shilale in presenting award to Dr. Cliff Wood, President, Rockland Community College
Cara Politi, 511 Rideshare and Jeff Gerber,
Instrumentation Labs, join Michael Shilale in presenting
Green Award to Dr. Cliff Wood, President,
Rockland Community College

 

 

 

Photographs by: Kathy Kahn

 

RBA Go Green Resources: Building Design & Construction | Carbon Footprint | Compliance Issues | Consultants | Creating Awareness | Pollution Prevention / Hazardous Materials | Publications | Transportation | Water Conservation | Waste Reduction & Recycling | Glossary

Sponsor: Subsidary Partnership Program

Green Council Vision:

To educate, promote and advocate to the business community the benefits of adopting Green principles.

Green Council Case Study

Company Saves Over $5000 in Energy Costs

Green Council News:

Each month the RBA Green Council meets to exchange ideas and information that enhance our business’ ability to implement green and sustainable strategies for member businesses. These focused presentations are on RBA member businesses that have embraced green and sustainable measures within their business model. Any RBA member firm can contact the Green Council to participate in this program.

Michael Shilale Architects, Sustainable Solutions


Go Green Resources


Ira Wickes, Green Council Green Toolkit member


RBA Green Council Mission

Assist members in realizing bottom line benefits of going green

Empower members to find the sustainable solutions best suited for their businesses by providing information on available educational, service and product resources they need

Advocate for members on related environmental issues affect the business community