GO GREEN White Plains

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What does it mean to Go Green? It means becoming more environmentally aware and changing your behavior and lifestyle to reduce the amount of pollution and waste you generate. The decision to Go Green is a gradual process for most people and governments. In White Plains we are committed to moving toward a greener, more sustainable future because we know that any action we take that contributes to sustainable living makes a positive impact on our environment, our residents, our businesses, and our community.

This page highlights some of the City’s green initiatives. Click the individual images for more information.

New York State of Opportunity
EV Charging
Reuse, Reduce, Donate, Recycle
Soles 4 Souls
Four test tubes full of oil
A goat laying on a rock in a wooded area
Three LED Light bulbs
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A tree in full bloom
Green Cities Commuter Challenge
Zip Car
Two garbage cans on a city sidewalk
A green car with an electrical cord coming out of it
EnergizeNY Logo
Four wind turbines in an open field
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WP Recycling
A garden
Gedney Landfill

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Three LED Light bulbs

The City of White Plains Department of Public Works has embarked on an LED streetlight replacement project which involves the replacement of all the old High-Pressure Sodium street lights throughout the City. This is close to 5,000 lights. In addition to the savings in electrical costs, these fixtures will result in lower maintenance costs, including zero replacement costs for 10 years, and fewer outages because of the extremely long life and durability of the new LED fixtures.  

Installation began February 13th and is expected to be completed within a year.  The life of the fixtures is projected to be 27 years, and the fixtures are fully guaranteed for 10 years.

10 year savings to the City is estimated to be $2,169,280.
20 year savings to the City is estimated to be $8,765,220.

The City is also replacing lighting in our facilities (including the Renaissance Sq Fountain) with LED fixtures or retrofitting existing florescent and incandescent fixtures with replacement LED bulbs. These measures significantly reduce energy consumption -- from 60 to 6-8 watts for the average 60 watt bulb and from 40 to 16 watts for the average florescent replacement bulb. Bulb life is also increased from 2,000 to 20,000-50,000 hours. These replacements make economic sense as well. They are projected to save the City hundreds of thousands of dollars per year.

The City recycles over a thousand fluorescent light bulbs per year using a device called the Bulb Eater®, which safely and effectively crushes them into 55 gallon drums. When the drums are full they are sent to a recycling facility.

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In January 2014, the City adopted the NYS Unified Solar Permit, an expedited solar permitting process aimed at residential-sized solar arrays. White Plains was one of the first municipalities in the state to do this. In City FY 2016, the Building Dept. has issued 117 permits for solar install, or more than 2 permits/week, as compared to 99 solar permits issued in the previous nine years total.
Zip Car

The City of White Plains has partnered with Zipcar to bring self-service, on-demand car sharing to our area. Each Zipcar takes 15 personally-owned vehicles off of the road. Fewer cars means less pollution, less oil dependence, less traffic, and cleaner air.

WP Recycling

At the Dept of Public Works' Gedney Recycling Yard residents can recycle just about anything. The Gedney Yard is also home to the Take it or Leave it (TiLi) Shed where residents can leave their perfectly good but no longer wanted items and browse the items others have left to find something they have always wanted. The TiLi is open Sat. 9-12 PM and Wed. 2-4 PM, April-October.

DPW also collaborates with Furniture Sharehouse by providing a Furniture Drop-Off Bin at the Gedney Yard for residents to donate furniture in very good to excellent condition. The Bin is open for drop-offs when the TiLi Shed is open, and donors should check with TiLi Shed volunteers to access the Bin.

A garden

The City’s Recreation & Parks Department offers community garden plots to residents at Baldwin Farm.

The White Plains Youth Bureau’s Growing White Plains program operates two community gardens, one at NY Presbyterian Hospital and one at the corner of Prospect St. and Sterling Ave., as well as a small greenhouse in Delfino Park. The food that is grown (using organic methods) goes to feed people in need right here in White Plains. This is a volunteer effort sustained by White Plains youth from elementary through high school as well as volunteer individuals, families and groups.