Seeing green: Town board passes environmental initiatives

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By Kristin Schultz

Gazette Reporter

NISKAYUNA — It may not be easy being green, but the Niskayuna town board continues to take steps toward sustainability. At its April 25 meeting, the board passed three environmentally focused resolutions.

First was a resolution sponsored by Coucilman John Della Ratta adopting an energy benchmarking policy for certain municipal buildings. Under the resolution, the town will track its energy consumption from all fuel types: electricity, natural gas, fuel oil, chilled water, steam and diesel, with the goal of identifying areas in which there could be cost or energy savings.

The energy benchmarking is one of several steps the town can take to become a state-recognized Clean Energy Community and be eligible for grants of $100,000.

Also approved was a resolution related to the upcoming shredding and television recycling day. On Saturday, June 17, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Niskayuna residents can take documents and cathode ray tube monitors and televisions to Town Hall.

Paper shredding is a safe way to dispose of old documents that contain personal information.

Residents can pull up to town hall to deposit their papers. They may even watch their documents being destroyed.

In their day, cathode ray tube televisions and monitors were the pinnacle of technology, bringing network news and sitcoms to life in our living rooms.

The 1980s were the heyday for console TVs. Screens encased in wood or faux-wood cabinets were all the rage. Time has marched on and the cathode ray tubes that created the image on the screen have been replaced with LCDs, yet many large cathode ray tube and console televisions still lurk in basements or attics.

Also on June 17, Nisky residents can bring those old, clunky electronics to Town Hall and pay to recycle them according to the fee schedule:

— Cathode Ray Tube monitors, $15.

— Cathode Ray Tube televisions under 27 inches, $20.

— Cathode Ray Tube televisions over 27 inches, $40.

— Wood console and larger projection units —$50.

The fees collected cover the town’s cost to recycle the equipment.

The final green resolution was ceremonial and recognized Arbor Day. National Arbor Day is always celebrated on the last Friday in April. The official Arbor Day proclamation will be read at a ceremony at River Road Park on May 19.

The town board has previously approved measures relating to using electric cars instead of gas-powered vehicles for town business.