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Sarah Lansdale Exec Dir, Sustainable Long Island

November 18, 2005 @ 12:00 am EST


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This morning’s speaker, Sarah Lansdale was a font of good information. Sarah is the Executive Director of Sustainable Long Island. This conscientious veteran of the Peace Corp took us through several scenarios where SLI has had an impact.

In New Castle Sustainable Long Island engaged the community and asked what they thought they needed. The concessus of need was that a pharmacy, a bank, and a supermarket would be most important. SLI put out a request for proposals. They were pleasantly surprised by the number of proposals that were received. Which makes you wonder why the private sector needs to be goaded into participation in the first place. Perhaps they just needed a catalyst like SLI to make things happen.

The Port Washington peninsula has six mayors. In an atmosphere where the NIMBY phenomenon is such an impediment to getting anything done, SLI was able to move the community to action. Ms. Lansdale, and Sustainable Long Island’s approach is to gather the players and ask them what they think should be done. After getting the interested parties to agree on a plan of their making, it is a lot easier to move to the action plan. SLI has funds and expertise to begin the plan.

In Wyandanch the main road is Straight Path. This road has had a terrible record pedestrian deaths. In addition it is an area in disrepair and other problems stemming from being a low income minority area. SLI went into that area and tried to identify the core of concerned citizens and found that there was no identifiable group. Their first chore was to bring out those citizens that would speak for the community. That’s what they did, knowing any solution that did not come from respected members of that area would go nowhere.

Sustainable Long Island has also been helpful in identifying brownfields.. There are 68 of them in Nassau and Suffolk. Where a developer can show a new and economically important use for an identified brownfield, Sustainable Long Island can provide the remedial funds. Sarah is an excellent spokesperson for a worthwhile organization.

### December 9th Our Holiday Party will be held at the regular time. We want to book this in advance because it has been a sellout in the past. The entertainment has been topnotch in the past and will be again this year. Hold the date. Previously I sent out a message saying the time would be changed. We are changing that back to the same time 8:30AM. This will be a full breakfast and the gate fee is $30 for members and non-members. This event sells out every year so make your reservations early

We are planning on having four sponsors for this event, with banners displayed. We have three sponsorships signed and one available.

Please bring an unwrapped toy for the Christmas Magic effort.

Next week I’ll write my Thanksgiving thoughts, meanwhile, have a nice weekend. Ernie Fazio