Earth Day began in 1970 as a nationwide expression of the shared belief that we must do more to protect and improve the environment. Today, PSEG Long Island employees are also coming together, to express a shared belief in making public spaces greener, reducing Long Island’s carbon footprint by helping customers reduce overall electrical demand and save money, and educating the next generation about the importance of conserving energy.
On the week leading up to Earth Day, hundreds of PSEG Long Island volunteers will be working in towns across Long Island as part of a largescale effort to beautify local parks, help residential customers use less energy, and help small businesses find new ways to save on more-efficient lighting.
On Tuesday, April 16, PSEG Long Island will help with City of Long Beach community beautification/green space cleanup (simultaneously at the three entrances to the City of Long Beach) Long Beach Rd./Austin Blvd., Long Beach, Maple Blvd./Lido Blvd., Long Beach; Nevada St./Beech St., Long Beach, 8:30 a.m.–2 p.m. LED Lightbulb giveaway outside Long Beach City Hall, 1 West Chester St. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. (while supplies last). Shopping bag/wildflower seed giveaway at Key Food, 663 East Park Avenue and at Stop & Shop at 85 East Park Avenue 10 a.m.–2 p.m. (while supplies last). Small Business lighting assessments on Park Avenue between Lafayette Blvd. and Monroe Blvd. 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
“Supporting our local environment is part of our mission,” said Dan Eichhorn, president and COO of PSEG Long Island. “We are committed to providing our customers with greener energy, and to maintaining a strong presence in the communities where we live and work. We are thrilled to show our volunteer spirit and do our part to preserve the planet we all call home.”
PSEG Long Island is also proud to be powering progress for a new era by protecting wildlife and promoting the planting of wire-friendly trees.
PSEG Long Island strives to be environmentally friendly all year long. The long-endangered osprey is making a comeback on Long Island, and PSEG Long Island is committed to keeping them on the path to recovery. When crews discover osprey nests on top of utility poles, the company springs into action to safely relocate them. The loose twigs of the nests and the birds’ large wingspan can create contact points with high-voltage electrical equipment, causing fires, outages, and injuring the animals. So far this year, the energy company has relocated or elevated more than 20 osprey nests, working closely with state wildlife experts to ensure the work was completed before the raptors returned to raise their young. PSEG Long Island crews also sprang into action last year to provide extra insulation around the poles in Centerport where a pair of bald eagle fledglings was just beginning to test their flying skills.
Promoting Wire-Friendly Trees
A greener future for Long Island also means more trees. As it has for the past several years, PSEG Long Island proudly partnered with the Arbor Day Foundation and will give 1,000 of its customers a free tree to provide shade and wind protection for their homes. The Energy-Saving Trees program is designed to showcase how planting the right trees in the right locations can reduce utility bills up to 20 percent in the summer and promote ongoing system reliability. The 1,000 trees are estimated to produce more than 1,531,357 kWh in energy savings within 20 years.
Serving The Community
PSEG Long Island is committed to giving back to the people and communities it serves by actively supporting hundreds of local charity events each year through the company’s Community Partnership Program. Last year, PSEG Long Island employees logged 26,000 service hours volunteering at 1,145 fundraising and community events to support more than 400 organizations. For more information on how PSEG Long Island supports the communities it serves, visit PSEGLINY.com/InTheCommunity/CommunityPartnership.