|SAVE (Southampton Advocates for the Village Environment)|
Mission: Increasing government and resident commitment to the ideals of environmental sustainability.
- To investigate, promote and support sensible, cost-effective environmental initiatives.
- To implement informed project and policy recommendations that foster social responsibility and public awareness.
- To serve as an educational resource to our Village government and community residents.
- To enable a group of dedicated volunteers, who value collaboration and a pro-active approach, to have a positive and lasting influence on our environment.
Cell phone donations are currently being accepted at Village Hall. Please donate your old cell phones and equipment for the benefit of others through our SAVE cell phone drive.
Southampton Advocates for our Village Environment (a.k.a. “SAVE”)
Give These Household Items a Second Life
Recycle Them Today!
Cell Phones and iPods
Hazardous Waste, Batteries & Paint
Shoes, Clothing, Strollers & Car Seats
Electronic equipment of all kinds has a valuable after-life for the needy, local schools and non-profit organizations of all sorts. Here’s how you can help others by re-cycling your electronic equipment:
Recycle through Your Local Retailer: Almost all computer companies will trade-in or take back equipment for donation to needy recipients. To view a list of retail stores that take back spent, used or discarded household and consumer electronic products for recycling go to www.ehso.com/find_a_recycling_center.php and look under “Where and How to Recycle Old TV Sets, etc.” Then click on the blue type under retail store programs.
Trade-in The Old for The New: Most manufacturers also offer trades through local electronics retailers such as Best Buy,
Recycle Boxes are available from Circuit City and Staples stores.
Recycle at our local Town Centers: The Town of Southampton will have a recycling trailer at North Sea for electronics and will recycle what you bring. 283-5210.
Help Fight Breast Cancer with your iPod: The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation together with www.flipswap.com can create cash from donated iPods and cell phones at www.cellphonetradeins.com.
Assist our East End Education Programs: The most local reuse is through EPIE Institute LINCT Coalition in Hampton Bays. They collect Pentium 4 or better computers, printers, mouses, modems and scanners and use them to teach local kids to refurbish and use the equipment. Contact Ken Komoski, 728-9100 or 871-9813.
Help the Disabled: The National Cristina Foundation will reallocate newer equipment to disabled and needy at www.cristina.org.
Help NYC & NJ Schools & Teachers: Pencil, Inc, 30 West 26th Street (646) 638-0565, will take donations and match the donation to teachers and schools in New York City. Contact them at www.thepencilbox.org.
Help Low-income Families, Schools & Seniors: PerScholas, 1575 Bronx River Avenue, (718) 772-0650 redistributes donated equipment to low income families, school, and seniors. Contact Brenda Rodriguez at (718) 77200668 or visit www.perscholas.org.
Used Cell Phones can Help Others
Two local non-profits
Human Resources of the Hamptons, Sacred Hearts Church (basement) at 168 Hill Street, Southampton Village (283-6415) will take your phones, batteries and chargers and re-program them for use by victims of domestic violence. www.hrhamptons.org.
The Retreat, at 13 Goodfriend Drive, East Hampton, (631-329-4398) will take your phones, batteries and chargers and re-program them for use by victims of domestic violence. (www.theretreatinc.org)
Best Buy and Office Depot offer free recycling of cell phones and both are located in nearby Riverhead.
Help Classes K-12 through Motorola (www.racetorecycle.com), will distribute old phones to K-12 classes in schools throughout the country. Check with Nokia, AT&T and T-Mobil for their recycle programs.
Children’s Online Safety Program through Sprint (www.sprint.com/community/comm..., and choose “Wireless recycling. All phones are donated to 4NetSafety; a children’s online safety group.
The Wireless Foundation (www.wirelessfoundation.com), offers a “Call to Protect” program that collects working phones and distributes them to victims of domestic violence.
Designate a Charity of Your Choice. Also worth checking are www.cellforcash.com and www.gazelle.com, where you can designate donations you make for recycling be used for charity.
Domestic Violence Shelters are recipients for donated old cell phones at www.shelteralliance.net.
How to Donate Properly and Programs to Choose can be found at www.about.com, just type in recycle cell phones in the search box, and you will be sent to the pages that provide this information.
Support Our Troops. Finally you can donate cell phones to our troops at www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com.
Hazardous Waste, Batteries and Paint
The Town of Southampton Recycling Center at North Sea recycles batteries of all kinds and you can get the current household hazardous waste disposal schedule from Richard Hodgson at email@example.com.
Call 2 Recycle, collects batteries at participating retailers (these are the rechargeable batteries used in electronic equipment). To find a convenient location call toll free 877-call2recycle or go to www.call2recycle.org.
Shoes, Clothing, Strollers, Car Seats
Human Resources in Southampton take shoes, clothing, strollers and some car seats. Human Resources of the Hamptons, Sacred Hearts Church basement, 168 Hill Street, 283-6415 www.hrhamptons.org.
Southampton Youth Services (SYS) at 1370A Majors Path (287-1511), has a box for collection of athletic shoes for Hoops for Hope. The box is always in their lobby.
Nike has a program that turns shoes into sporting surfaces. Go to www.letmeplay.com/reuseashoe, to find out how to participate.
Baby items such as strollers and car seats can be recycled at www.babyearth.com/renew and www.baby-planet.com/about/recycling.aspx.
Take a moment today to recycle and
give the gift of
a better tomorrow for all.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- Why do we need an amendment to the building code?
We have chosen to live in a village of natural beauty and historic interest. The “built” environment, anything that we construct, directly impacts the “natural” environment. Without more rigorous standards for sustainable building practices, the threat to our village will grow. We need to act to preserve and protect our village by requiring “low impact” building development.
- What makes a process a “sustainable” building process?
Unsustainable building practices are ones that are a major source of greenhouse gas emission, do not conserve energy, water or building materials and that result in degradation of the environment. A process is sustainable when it meets the needs of today without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.
- What is USGBC, LEED, NAHB, and ICC 700?
USGBC (United States Green Building Council) is a Not-for Profit (501-C3) organization of scientists, engineers, architects and other personnel who seek to “green” the built environment.
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the tool that USGBC has developed to outline the process and metrics for how green a structure might be. It outlines the methodology and measures performance in various areas of building, providing a plan from inception to completion.
NAHB (National Association of Home Builders) is the Building Trades organization. They have collaborated with ASHRAE (American Society of Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Engineers) to develop a green building process.
ICC-700 (International Codes Council) is a comparable process to LEED to attain acceptable to outstanding levels in sustainable building through the use of a checklist with verification.
From inception to completion, the core ideas of best sustainable building practices are integral to both these choices. To learn more about each you can log on to www.USGBC.org and www.NAHB.org.
- What will change in the Building Process?
On filing for a building permit, a LEED or ICC-700 checklist will have to accompany the building application. A knowledgeable third party may “rate” the proposed project for expected performance. Before the interior finishes are applied, the building will be checked by a third party to see that established benchmarks are met. A final inspection verifies performance and other features called for in the drawings and specifications. The rating standards are practical and foster good design, specify energy-saving techniques and systems and reward the best, most efficient use of all resources. Documents filed at completion are reviewed by national organizations to determine level of achievement.
- How much does it cost and how long does it take?
Costs for Registration and Certification – including the third party rater fees- are about $1,000 for a 3,000 square foot home. Fees for all the above are based on a sliding scale pegged to the size of the home. It is possible that for a residence of 10,000 square feet or more, fees may approach $5,000. Construction costs may increase anywhere from zero (yes, zero!) to 5 per cent for homes under 5,000 square feet. Note that the bottom line is impacted by finish selection to a far greater degree than by LEED for Homes Certification. The compliance pathway runs parallel to that of the normal design and construction process, so project time is not increased.
- What benefits do I get? Will I save money? Will I add to the value of my home? How does this benefit the community?
Benefits to the Homeowner include decreased operating and maintenance costs for the life of the building, increase in the market value of the home, and reduction not only of the on-going carbon emissions of the building, but in the carbon emissions usually created by the building process. Other benefits include increased quiet and comfort, healthier indoor air quality and reduced water usage fees. In addition, there are rebates and tax credits currently available from federal, state, and even local sources to encourage energy efficient building. Everyone benefits when sustainable building practices are followed – consumers, designers and builders, and the community as a whole. It is a real win-win approach.
- What if I am doing a smaller renovation or addition?
The new amendments will not apply to renovations and additions that constitute less than a 50% rework of the existing building, however green guidelines are available through both the USGBC and NAHB and are recommended.
- When does this begin?
The new amendments will be introduced in Phases, with Phase I providing time for learning, Phase II for gradual implementation and Phase III for full implementation with incentives. The dates will be:
Phase I begins July 1, 2009 – Law passage, NAHB and USGBH training and education available
Phase II begins January 1, 2010 – Paperwork submitted, no certification required
Phase III begins July 1, 2010 – Paperwork and certification required
- Who awards my Certificate of Occupancy?
The Village of Southampton Building Department, same as usual; just furnish the additional documentation.
Prepared by the Southampton Advocates for the Village Environment (SAVE)
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