Poughkeepsie… Earth Day was officially Tuesday, April 22nd. However, in Dutchess County, every day is seen as an opportunity to think and behave green. In order to help residents and County government learn more about being green, Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus has announced the launch of a new “Dutchess Goes Green” information section on County’s website http://www.dutchessny.gov/.
“Information is the key to influencing decision-making. As we strive to encourage all residents to think and behave GREEN, our new “Dutchess Goes Green” web pages provides an excellent medium to connect people who want to share information and learn more about green behavior,” said County Executive Steinhaus. “Our hope is residents will use this website to not only learn more about what County government is doing to be green, but they will share new ideas for how to make Dutchess County a greener place to live.”
The “Dutchess Goes Green” website is a product of the County’s internal GREEN Work Group created by County Executive Steinhaus in 2007 as part of his “Dutchess Goes Green” agenda. The work group has outlined compiled information on current GREEN practices already underway throughout County government and has outlined goals for Dutchess County’s sustainability plan. Some of the topics and links included on the web pages are:
- Current County GREEN Practices
- Household Recycling
- Daily GREEN tips
- Ride sharing information
- Energy Savings in the homeGREEN construction resources
- Local and Regional Environmental Groups
- Renewable and indigenous energy sources
The “Dutchess Goes Green” web pages also feature a suggestion page where both county employees and residents can provide suggestions for green ideas and actions. “Our employees have been instrumental in many of the green changes in the County’s operation of programs and services. For example, our Central Services Department has completely changed our photo copy system to allow significantly higher use of electronic document storage to save paper, storage space and of course tax dollars,” said Steinhaus. “I am certain our residents will also have many energy saving ideas we can all benefit from as well.”
Dutchess County Environmental Coordinator Scott Chase said, “I am very pleased to have this tool available. Residents can easily obtain more information simply be logging onto the County Web site at http://www.dutchessny.gov/. Whether you are looking for ways to save energy at your own home or want to learn more about available energy grant programs for businesses, this site is a great resource.”
“I encourage everyone to take a moment and visit the Dutchess Goes Green web pages at http://www.dutchessny.gov/. Learn some tips and maybe share some new ideas to help us all do our part to preserve our environment here in Dutchess County” concluded County Executive Steinhaus.