NOAA Predicts an Increase in Hurricane Activity This Season

​Forecasters with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are predicting above-normal hurricane activity in the Atlantic Ocean this year. They predict an 85 percent chance of an above-normal season and... more
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Governor Hochul Signs Legislation to Protect Public Health, Improve Water Quality in Suffolk County

Governor Kathy Hochul today signed the Suffolk Water Quality Restoration Act to protect public health and improve water quality. Legislation S.8473/A.8993 will allow Suffolk County to put forward a ballot referendum that would fund long…
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Sunrise Wind Farm Open House

By Carissa Katz 05/23/24
With Orsted and Eversource set to begin pre-construction activities in September on the 924-megawatt Sunrise Wind farm, the developers are hosting an open house for mariners and “fisheries stakeholders” in Montauk on Wednesday.
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Gas-Powered Leaf Blower Ban Takes Effect in Southampton Village on May 16

By Cailin Riley 05/14/24
A regulation two years in the making is finally taking effect in Southampton Village. Effective May 16, the use of gas-powered leaf blowers will be prohibited, making Southampton Village the... more
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Community Concerns Aired at BESS Hearing as Moratorium Is Extended by Southampton Town Board

By Tom Gogola 04/20/24
As anticipated, the Southampton Town Board passed resolutions last week to extend the moratorium on the licensing and construction of battery energy storage systems in town by six months, and... more
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Flesh-Eating Bacteria, Toxic Algae, Oxygen-Starved Waters Were Widespread in 2023, Thanks to Nitrogen and Warmer Waters

By Michael Wright 04/17/24
Record-high temperatures globally and in local waters fueled the steadily worsening water quality crisis in Suffolk County’s groundwater, freshwater ponds, and tidal bays and harbors in 2023, Stony Brook University... more
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PSEG Hangs On

By Karl Grossman 04/08/24
“It’s an uphill fight,” said State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. last week about the effort to make the Long Island Power Authority a fully public utility. This, despite the
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Quiogue Homeowners Object to Proposed Solar Farm at Southampton Town Planning Board Hearing

By Bill Sutton 04/03/24
More than a dozen people — mostly residents of a subdivision on Jennifers Path — turned out to a Southampton Town Planning Board public hearing on March 28 to object
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John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor Will Replace Heating System

By Stephen J. Kotz 04/03/24
After years of putting up with a malfunctioning geothermal heating and cooling system, the John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor has decided to pull the plug on the whole
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Quiogue Neighbors Protest Proposed Solar Array on Westhampton Beach Village-Owned Property

By Bill Sutton 03/27/24
Neighbors of a proposed solar farm on Quiogue, on property owned by the Village of Westhampton Beach, are objecting to the project, collecting signatures on an online petition and planning
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LIPA CEO Outlines Utility’s Energy Future

Long Island Power Authority Chief Executive Officer Thomas Falcone, in a briefing with members of the Express News Group’s editorial board on Friday — before announcing his resignation from the
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Governor Hochul and Other Officials Gather at Stony Brook Southampton Campus To ‘Flip the Switch’ on $2 Billion South Fork Wind Project.

By Tom Gogola 03/15/24
It was a literal, if symbolic, flip of the switch — a big switch — at the Stony Brook Southampton campus on Thursday as assorted luminaries from local, state and
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Southampton Town Climate Action Plan

Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions In Southampton

Southampton Town aims to be 100 percent green by 2025

Southampton Town will take several steps this year to move toward its goal of meeting all of the community’s energy consumption needs through renewable sources by 2025.

Southampton Town Passes 100 Percent Renewable Energy Goals For 2025

Southampton Town recently set a goal to move the entire municipality to renewable energy sources by the year 2025, although some town officials have voiced concerns about a lack of...


National Risk Index Data Lookup

Use the form below to look up the risk details for a specific county or Census tract. As you enter information into the form, the form will update and present you with additional input fields.…

What Can and Can’t Be Recycled?

A simple guide to what can and can't be recycled

Town of Southampton – Energy & Sustainability

The Office of Energy and Sustainability was created to work with the Sustainability Southampton Advisory Committee to advise the Town, and assist in implementing, environmentally sustainable practices. This is primarily achieved by formulating guidelines for…

Renewable Energy Long Island

Renewable Energy Long Island (reLI), established in 2003, is a membership-based, 501-c-3 not-for-profit organization promoting clean, sustainable energy use and generation on Long Island. reLI is committed to transitioning Long Island to a 100% renewable…


Wind Farms Will Compensate Fishermen, but New York Fleet Left Out

By Michael Wright   03/13/24  
A number of commercial fishing industry publications this past week alerted fishermen that they can start submitting claims for lost fishing time, revenue or gear damage related to the construction... more
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New Code Provision Makes It More Difficult To Remove Trees in Sag Harbor

By Stephen J. Kotz   03/12/24  
Amid a heavy agenda, the Sag Harbor Village Board last month adopted a tree preservation law that, as its primary focus, will make it much more difficult to cut down
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BESS Moratorium Extended for Six Months as Town Seeks Alternate Site

By Tom Gogola   02/14/24  
A Southampton Town moratorium on the licensing and construction of battery energy storage systems, commonly referred to as BESS facilities, in the town will be extended by six months this... more
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PSEG Abandons Plan To Bury Power Line Through Long Pond Greenbelt

By Stephen J. Kotz   02/07/24  
PSEG Long Island has dropped plans to run a new electric cable underground through the Long Pond Greenbelt, a victory for local activists who encouraged the move at hearings this
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Shoreline a Shambles After Heavy Rains Wash Away Round Pond Work

By Stephen J. Kotz   02/07/24  
A project installed just last September to remove an old bulkhead and create a naturalized shoreline at the foot of Middle Line Highway and Round Pond just south of Sag
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Climate Change Has Broad Repercussions

By Joseph Finora   01/25/24  
“Climate change is already here and our weather has already changed,” noted Stony Brook University Associate Provost for Climate and Sustainability Kevin Reed when asked what eastern Long Island residents can expect when it comes…
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National Grid Gas Plant in Southampton May Be Decommissioned, Could Get a Future Solar Array

By Tom Gogola   01/19/24  
It’s at least five years off, but Southampton Town officials said this week that the former National Grid natural gas plant at 280 David Whites Lane in Southampton may be... more
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Heat Pump Water Heaters are Efficient and Sustainable

Water heating can be a real drain on your energy budget. In fact, it's the second-largest energy user for the typical household. Electric heat pump water heaters are your energy-efficient alternative to conventional units. They…
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Southampton Town Board Approves Climate Action Plan in 3-2 Year-End Vote

By Tom Gogola   01/03/24  
Against a backdrop of BESS-fueled pushback and suspicion, a split Southampton Town Board voted to adopt a Climate Action Plan that will be added to the town’s comprehensive plan. The... more
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A Mixed Response To Southampton Climate Plan

By Beth Young   12/15/23  
As billions of dollars in federal money from the Inflation Reduction Act begins to become available for local solutions to ween the country off of fossil fuels, proponents of Southampton Town’s new Climate Action Plan…
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Southampton Town Board Accepting Public Comment on Climate Action Plan

More drivers aged 65 and above died in Nassau and Suffolk automobile crashes last year than anywhere else across New York State, which overall posted the most such collisions in nearly a decade, mirroring a…
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Our Electric Future

By Beth Young   10/17/23  
From efforts afoot in Southampton Town to enable residents to choose renewable energy when paying their electric bills and join a new community solar program, to a push in East Hampton to require new homes…
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Whales, from above

By Ellie Duke   09/15/23  
Sutton Lynch rises most days before the sun, arriving at Atlantic Beach in Amagansett, N.Y., for the early-morning calm. It’s the same beach he’s been going to since he was a child, and where he…
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Two Towns to Talk Energy

By Christopher Walsh   09/14/23  
The League of Women Voters of the Hamptons, Shelter Island, and the North Fork will hold a public information program on East Hampton and Southampton Towns’ energy issues on Monday at 7 p.m. at the…
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Wind Farms Here Hit Milestones, While Others Hit Turbulence

By Michael Wright   08/02/23  
The construction of the South Fork Wind Farm reached another milestone last week, while a second offshore wind farm that will send power to Long Island took its first concrete step toward construction — even…
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Governor Convenes Working Group After Fires at Three BESS Facilities

By Tom Gogola   08/02/23  
Just days after the Southampton Town Board’s recent decision to enact a six-month moratorium on battery energy storage systems proposed in the town, Governor Kathy Hochul announced the creation of... more
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Outrage mounts over proposed lithium battery storage facility in Hampton Bays

By News 12 Staff   06/09/23  
Outrage is mounting over a plan to build a lithium battery storage facility in Hampton Bays.
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Proposed Calverton Air Cargo Facility May Impact South Fork

By Denise Civiletti   05/24/23  
Jet planes carrying cargo for delivery across the Long Island region may be landing on the East End for the first time, if an application now pending in Riverhead Town...
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In Southampton, New Options for Energy

By Christopher Walsh   05/04/23  
With all hurdles overcome, Southampton Town is poised to become the first municipality on Long Island to implement a community choice aggregation program, a model that replaces the utility as the default sole supplier of…
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Community Choice Aggregation, Potentially Bringing Electricity Cost Savings, Is on the Horizon

By Kitty Merrill   05/03/23  
In its simplest terms, a community choice aggregation program for electricity means a municipality can gather together residents and small businesses and act as one customer purchasing electricity. Southampton Town is looking to do that.
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Southampton Town Receives U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Award

By Taylor K. Vecsey   04/27/23  
Southampton Town has received a prestigious award for modernizing the heating and ventilation system (HVAC) at the nearly 100-year-old Town Hall.
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Bigbelly Solar-Powered Garbage Cans Hit the Streets in Southampton Village

By Cailin Riley   04/26/23  
It was a long time coming, but 10 Bigbelly solar-powered trash compacting stations have finally been installed on Main Street in Southampton Village. The idea and impetus to install the... more
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Climate Local Now: Keeping Our Riches in the Community

By Mary Morgan   04/26/23  
I’ll admit it….I’m swayed by my home gardener friends, healthy-yard advocates and pollinator-pathway champions crowing about their compost bins.
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Rising ocean, bay tides could eventually reshape Long Island — and will alter how we live, work and play, experts say

By Carl MacGowan   04/24/23  
In 2080, the historic Montauk lighthouse and Orient Point may be on their own islands, cut off from the rest of Long Island by newly formed rivers.
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Southampton Town Board Mulls Moratorium on Battery Storage Systems, May Set Hearing Later This Month

By Kitty Merrill   04/12/23  
Two battery energy storage systems, both in Hampton Bays, have been proposed in Southampton Town. But if a proposed moratorium on the facilities mulled by the Town Board is adopted, they could be the only…
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Climate Change Solutions: The Big Five

By Jenny Noble   04/12/23  
“We’re walking when we should be sprinting” — Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Chairman Hoesung Lee, describing how insufficient current plans are to tackle climate change.
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Southampton creating local plan to combat climate change

By Joe Werkmeister   03/28/23  
An environmental planner for Southampton Town, Lieberman has spearheaded the town's effort to develop a climate action plan that is intended to ...
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Decarbonizing Buildings to Prove Vital to Southampton’s Climate Future

Decarbonizing the energy used in buildings will prove key to getting Southampton Town’s carbon footprint to zero in the years ahead, according to researchers working on the town’s Climate Action Plan.
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With Another Project Planned on the Heels of County Road 39 Sidewalks, Lawmakers Lambaste Suffolk County Officials

By Kitty Merrill   03/22/23  
With at least three local lawmakers still aghast and irked by the news of an extensive, two-year Suffolk County project to install sidewalks on County Road 39 in Southampton, the... more
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Southampton Town Hosts Climate Action Plan Public Engagement Session

By Lisa Finn   03/13/23  
The public is invited to join the Southampton Town planning department this week for a presentation on the progress of development of the Climate Action Plan.
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Shinnecock Kelp Farmers to Expand Southampton Kelp Farm

The Shinnecock Kelp Farmers, a multi-generational, women-led non-profit, is expanding their kelp hatchery and farm in Southampton, NY—the first Indigenous-owned and operated kelp farm on the East Coast. Leveraging knowledge drawn from a more than…
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Southampton Village Secures Funding for Algae Harvesting in Lake Agawam, Other Water Quality Improvement Projects

By Cailin Riley   01/18/23  
Cleaning up Lake Agawam has been a challenge — one without a clear solution — for years. At a Southampton Village Board meeting on Thursday night, January 12, Mayor Jesse
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Southampton Crafting Regulations For Commercial Solar

By Stephen J. Kotz   06/21/22  
Last Thursday, June 16, Janice Scherer, the town’s planning and development administrator, Michelangelo Lieberman, a senior planner, and Deputy Supervisor Frank Zappone discussed with the Town Board several draft regulations for commercial solar arrays, with…
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Using Old Technology, Reel Quiet Mowing Was Ahead Of Its Time

By Brendon J. O' Reilly   05/19/22  
In recent years, one village after another on the South Fork has restricted or seasonally banned the use of gas-powered leaf blowers as residents fed up with the noise, dust and fumes that leaf blowers…
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Sea’s Rising, The Ocean’s Coming In

By Michelle Trauring   04/06/22  
Almost 400 years ago, settlers discovered an idyllic peninsula along the coast of the Eastern Seaboard, its countryside cared for by five Native American tribes. They acquired land, built modest... more
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Town Board Adopts Gas Leaf Blower Ban In Southampton

By Kitty Merrill   03/23/22  
The Southampton Town Board approved a summertime ban on gas-powered leaf blowers in a split vote on Tuesday, March 22. Supervisor Jay Schneiderman and Councilmen John Bouvier and Tommy John... more
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Leaf Blower Debate Rages On During Hearing On Proposed Summertime Ban

By Kitty Merrill   02/23/22  
The cost — to landscapers, to quality of life, to the environment — was a theme woven through a two-hour public hearing on a proposed summertime gas leaf blower ban held by the Southampton Town…
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McNamara, A Lawmaker And Landscaper, Offers Adamant Opposition To Gas Leaf Blower Regs

By Kitty Merrill   02/02/22  
Most businesses and homeowners realize “this is the way we’re going,” Southampton Town Councilman John Bouvier said last week, introducing the discussion of draft gas-powered leaf blower legislation that would... more
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Slipping Away: Homeowners, Officials Buy Time As Escalating Effects Of Climate Change Threaten East End

By Michelle Trauring   01/25/22  
For centuries, the world has known one type of refugee: those who leave their homes behind due to war, violence, conflict or persecution, often risking their lives in the pursuit of safety. In recent years,…
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Climate Local Now: A Festival of Solutions

By Mary Morgan and Mark Haubner   01/05/22  
Drawdown Festival – Tools for Regeneration: Forums! Fun! Films! blankets the weekend from January 21-23, 2022 with talks, workshops and films on “actions we can all take to regenerate our earth and reverse climate devastation.”
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South Fork Towns Adopt NYStretch Energy Code

By Staff   12/21/21  
On the South Fork, where large homes abound, energy codes are getting more stringent. Both East Hampton and Southampton Towns have adopted the NYStretch Energy Code-2020, a supplement to the New York State Energy Code,…
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Heavy rains help to expand ‘dead zones’ in Long Island Sound, scientists say

By Joan Gralla   10/08/21  
Too much rain and still way too much nitrogen were the twin causes of this summer’s overly abundant algae blooms and critically low-oxygen dead zones in Long Island’s fresh and saltwater bodies, an annual report…
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Feds Declare Peconic Bay Scallops A Disaster

By Michael Wright   07/21/21  
The U.S. Department of Commerce has declared the Peconic Bay scallop a fishery disaster, making baymen who rely on the harvest of the scallops for income and the efforts to
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New Yorkers fled to the Hamptons in 2020 – and sparked a major sewage crisis

By Alexandra Talty   06/25/21  
A water quality crisis has been hiding in the ritzy Hamptons, but the pandemic pushed it over the edge. Will clean-up efforts be too little too late?
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Kelp Could Be Environmental Elixir, And Economic Opportunity

By Michael Wright   06/02/21  
Scientists from Stony Brook University say that a species of seaweed native to the East End coastline may prove to be an important weapon in the fight to overcome pollution problems from decades of overdevelopment…
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State Court Overturns Sand Land’s Mining Permit

By Stephen J. Kotz   05/28/21  
A five-judge panel of the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court has overturned the sandmining permit issued in 2019 by the state Department of Environmental Conservation to Sand Land, which owns a…
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Southampton Town Plans Large Solar Array

By Christopher Walsh   04/28/21  
Southampton Town has issued a request for proposals for what would be Long Island's first community distributed generation solar array, a project made available through the town's community choice aggregation program.
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Bill Would Preserve 30% Of Land In N.Y.; Eastern L.I. Might Be Used As A Model

By J.D. Allen   01/04/21  
New legislation proposed in New York would set a state goal of conserving at least 30% of land by 2030.
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Getting Closer to Green Power

By Beth Young   01/04/21  
Southampton Town has been leading the charge for the past three years to allow East End municipalities to demand their electricity comes from renewable sources, and has had some success in 2020.
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Southampton Seeks Support for Renewable Power Program

By Beth Young   05/11/20  
Southampton Town is seeking support from its residents for a new program called Choice Community Power, which would allow the town to issue a competitive bid to choose renewable energy for its residents, at what…
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