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White Plains Goes Green During Tri-City Community Challenge

Local officials from New Rochelle, Yonkers and White Plains announcing the tri-city community challenge. Photo Credit: Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano
New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson announcing the tri-city challenge. Photo Credit: New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - New Rochelle, White Plains and Yonkers are going green as part of a tai-city community challenge.

Last week, local officials in all three cities announced that they were going to “lead by example” to reduce driving in the state’s first Green Cities Commuter Challenge that is designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on a grassroots level.

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and Department of Transportation (NYSDOT)) have launched the inaugural challenge, which will see which municipality can reduce emissions most over the next two years.

By 2030, the goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent.

“In this friendly competition, everyone will be a winner as we work together to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, cut costs and create more livable, sustainable communities,” New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson said.

“Yonkers is excited to join in not his fun initiative that will educate our employees and residents about the importance of reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano added. “Thank you to Gov. (Andrew) Cuomo, NYSERDA, NYSDOT and MetroPool for the leadership and vision that provides for friendly competition that will change attitudes and habits to create a greener, cleaner, Yonkers.”

As part of the Green Cities Commuter Challenge, four 55-inch screens will be installed to show local bus and train schedules, as well as information about carpools and vanpools. Screens will be installed at New Rochelle City Hall and an undisclosed location in the city, downtown White Plains, the Yonkers Public Library.

According to officials, the state is providing $300,000 for the project, which will be co-managed by the NYSERDA and NYSDOT.

“The installation of the transit screens and the real-time transit information they’ll provide will be enormously valuable to city employees, as well as the tens of thousands who community to White Plains on a daily basis,” White Plains Mayor Tom Roach noted. “Plus, we always enjoy a little friendly competition with our neighboring cities.”

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