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RBA'S Green Council Helps Businesses' Bottom Line, Environment

Michael Shilale of Michael Shilale Architects in New City heads the Rockland Business Association's Green Council. Photo Credit: Contributed
Kerry Potter spoke at this month's council meeting on the topic of green burials. Photo Credit: Contributed

NYACK, N.Y. -- In 2008, Michael Shilale of Michael Shilale Architects was asked to chair a Green Tech committee for the Rockland Business Association and jumped at the opportunity. 

"We started what is known as the Green Council, which in addition to advocating and educating the business community on green principles, strives to make them aware of the bottom line benefits to going green as well," he said. He explains to businesses that companies can save money by effectively managing their electricity, water and waste.

To help spark new ideas among business owners, the Green Council host a number of workshops throughout the year and sponsors a lecture series discussing the environmental issues facing Rockland County

There are many new initiatives happening in the field of green energy; most meetings turn operate as a round table discussion to share the latest innovations. Specialists on a wide range of the latest in green activities make presentations to the group on a regular basis.

This month’s presenter was Kerry Potter, the creator of the Rockland Green Cemetery Fund and host of "Dying to Bloom" on WRCR AM 1700.

Potter has been an outspoken supporter of green alternatives to the more common modern practice of using chemicals for embalming corpses. Potter also encourages the use of natural materials for caskets and grave markers, and is hoping to one day establish an environmentally-friendly cemetery in Rockland County.

Green cemeteries can be enjoyed as natural preserves by Rocklanders just as they utilize the county’s trails for walking or hiking,” Potter said. “Green cemeteries not only support restoration and preservation of pristine, undeveloped open space but also offer ecologically-sound burial options and a natural return to Earth.”

The RBA's Green Council meets the second Tuesday of each month at 8 a.m. at the JCC in Nyack. For more information, contact Michael Shilale at

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