Says the EPA: Ulster County Excels at Keeping it Green

  |  August 10, 2015
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Ashokan Reservoir, Ulster County, via

Kudos to the county of Ulster for its EPA-recognized efforts in green power use. According to a recent press release from the County Exec’s office, Ulster County now ranks 23rd nationally in environmentally-sustainable practices among other local governments, the only county in the entire state to make the grade. What’s more, Ulster is the first in the state to net carbon neutral.  Ulster County executive Mike Hein said of the EPA’s nod: “This recognition from the EPA is a tremendous honor, but we also recognize there is much more we can do to ensure that we preserve an environment with clean air and clean water for our children.” In fact, the EPA’s recognition comes on the heels of some exciting news, continued Hein. “That is why we are very excited about our two proposed solar projects at the RRA landfill site and SUNY Ulster; the two installations will generate more than a quarter of all the electricity used by Ulster County government.  Not only is that good for the environment, it will reduce our electricity expenses which is good news for property taxpayers.” Judith Enck, EPA Region 2 administrator, said that, “the EPA is excited to welcome Ulster County as a top leader among local governments and we applaud their use of clean, renewable power.” Way to go, Ulster County. So which county is next to help lead the charge in environmental sustainability? We’ll keep our eyes and ears open.



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