Sustainability & Community Planning

What does sustainability mean? At Group for the East End, it means planning our communities and protecting our resources. Our future depends on it. Face it, our natural resources are finite. Without the Group’s guidance, we’ll use them too fast.


Our Current Projects

Campaign to Save Main Road in Jamesport

Group for the East End supports the “Save Main Road” initiative to preserve the rural character, quality of life, and natural environment along Main Road in Jamesport (Town of Riverhead).  The Group offered a $3,000 challenge grant for a legal fund to challenge decisions made by the local government that are in violation of existing town and state laws and are counterproductive to sound planning and zoning principles that undermine the community’s efforts. If you would like to support this initiative, please visit www.SaveMainRoad.org or contact:

Jenn Hartnagel, Senior Environmental Advocate
631-765-6450, ext. 211
e-mail jhartnagel@eastendenvironment.org

Southold Comprehensive Plan

Group for the East End is playing an active role in reviewing Southold’s proposed town-wide comprehensive plan. Our staff is participating in community meetings and providing information on the potential environmental impacts of planning decisions. We are making sure that water quality, open space preservation, and the protection of natural areas are priorities as the Town continues to draft this plan which will help to shape the future of Southold. For more information on this issue, please contact:

Jenn Hartnagel, Senior Environmental Advocate
631-765-6450, ext. 211
e-mail jhartnagel@eastendenvironment.org

Dark Skies

Across the East End, the Group has been a staunch supporter and active advocate for the protection of our precious view of the nighttime sky. Dark skies legislation reduces light pollution, increases safety, protects the nocturnal environment for plants and animals, and reduces energy consumption. To date, we have successfully worked to pass dark skies legislation in Southampton, East Hampton, Southold, and Shelter Island. As an appointed member of Southampton Town’s Dark Skies Committee, we continue to work on this issue that is an integral part of sustainable living. For more information on this issue, please contact:

Jenn Hartnagel, Senior Environmental Advocate
631-765-6450, ext. 211
e-mail jhartnagel@eastendenvironment.org