Another Reason To Build Green
The evidence is all around us. Its
time we started taking the green movement seriously, and oftentimes
that cannot be done without the support and direction of the government
and local government at that.
The Town of Huntington has always been at the forefront of the green
movement, from using solar energy to hosting an Earth Day Expo to
give residents a chance to explore new technology and recycle e-waste
responsibly. The town also recently began a curbside e-waste pick-up
Now we have another chance. A proposal up for a public hearing on
May 7 would offer tax exemptions for new construction that meets
LEED qualifications, an internationally accepted set of criteria
for environmentally-friendly building and construction. New York
State just last year gave municipalities the right to offer tax
exemptions for LEED-rated new construction, and the town is acting.
If the law is passed, all LEED-certified construction would be fully
tax-exempt for the first three years. The bottom two levels would
lose 20 percent of that exemption every year, while gold-rated projects
would have an extra year of 100 percent tax-exemption and platinum-certified
jobs would have another two years beyond gold.
It is amazing how LEED-certified construction has already taken
flight. Unfortunately two major projects in town - Canons
new headquarters in Melville and Target on Jericho in Huntington
Station - broke ground too early to qualify, but it only stresses
the need to pass this law.
Construction like this is sustainable, environmentally friendly,
and good for the future of the town. This is a good proposal.