White Plains Mayor Tom Roach and Sustainable White Plains Committee Chair, Councilwoman Milagros Lecuona, has appointed Bonnie Hagen, Chief Operating Officer of Bright Energy Services, to the newly formed Sustainable White Plains Committee. Bonnie is one member of the 10 person committee that brings together the best experts in the city in the fields of Energy, Transportation/Mobility, Land Use, Waste Reduction, Recycling, Green Products, and Water Resources.
Recognizing that sustainability has come to the forefront of how we live, work, and play, Mayor Roach wants to implement measures to improve the environment of the City. In an email to the newly formed committee prior to its first meeting, Chair Councilwoman Lecuona stated that “Several important events related to sustainability has occurred at the county level and so it is important for White Plains to participate in these environmentally relevant initiatives, especially since we have a great group of dedicated residents willing to help the city continue growing in its leadership in the county.”
Bonnie brings valuable and diverse knowledge and experience to this committee. Bonnie will help to identify and implement energy efficiency projects and climate change strategies that will result in reduced utility costs, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and increased public health and safety.
At the first Sustainable White Plains meeting, Bonnie and Councilwoman Lecuona presented to the rest of the committee the benefits of White Plains joining the Climate Smart Community Program. The Climate Smart Community Program is a state and local partnership consisting of a strong network of over 130 local governments throughout the state working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, adapt to a changing climate and save taxpayers money. The Sustainable White Plains committee unanimously approved asking the Mayor to sign the pledge to join the program and take active steps towards implementing climate mitigation and adaptation strategies. Hagen is enthusiastically moving the initiative forward, stating that “White Plains has been on the cutting edge of environmental initiatives, but we still have so much to do. Our goal is to improve the environment and save the tax payers money.” She continues, “I live and work in White Plains. I want to do all that I can for my hometown.”