Volunteers from PSEG spent Earth Day cleaning and sprucing up the grounds of Brookwood Hall in East Islip.
EAST ISLIP—Over 100 employees from PSEG Long Island came together on Earth Day earlier this week for a beautification project at the historic Brookwood Hall on Irish Lane. Earlier in the morning, the volunteers began removing weeds, refreshing flowerbeds, laying mulch and doing other work related to the project.
Rob Massaro, a lifelong Islip Town resident, was one of the many workers who pitched in to help at Brookwood Hall. “I truly enjoy volunteering in my town and beautifying the park on Earth Day,” Massaro said.
Volunteers also distributed free reusable shopping bags and wildflower seeds to shoppers at some local grocery stores, including Best Market in Islip as well as King Kullen and Stop & Shop in West Islip. Employees also handed out free LED bulbs at the Great South Bay YMCA in Bay Shore.
Supervisor Angie Carpenter said the town is “committed to being good environmental stewards and has pledged to do its part to reduce our carbon footprint.
“We are initiating new renewable energy programs, such as the solar farms on two of our closed landfills, as part of our plan to build the foundation for a healthy and sustainable community going into the future,” Carpenter said.
This publication previously reported on the initiative mentioned above in the article, “Solar farms go live,” published on Jan. 10, 2019. The project involved Agilitas Energy, a Massachusetts-based solar developer, installing solar farms on closed landfills in Holbrook and Hauppauge. The developer is leasing the closed landfills for $120,000.
Islip was the last of five towns that received similar projects, courtesy of the energy provider. The series of installations was part of a larger effort to make public spaces greener, according to officials. Throughout the week, employees also handed out 20,000 LED bulbs, which officials say has the potential to save customers up to $20,000 in energy costs over the next year.
The company has also pledged to give away a million reusable shopping bags by the next Earth Day, which is celebrated annually on April 22. Earth Day first began in 1970 and has since become recognized in over 190 countries.