The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded the Town of Hempstead its Environmental Quality Award in recognition of the town’s renewable energy work, specifically in Point Lookout.
Town Supervisor Kate Murray received the award at the EPA’s Manhattan office last week, a news release from the town said. The Renewable Energy Park in Point Lookout was highlighted in the release as one of the town’s top accomplishments. It features solar panels, a wind turbine and Long Island’s only hydrogen fueling station, the release said.
“The ‘green energy’ work that we have done at the town has been both painstaking and very rewarding,” Murray said in the release. “The recognition by the federal Environmental Protection Agency is meaningful, and we appreciate being selected to receive the prestigious Environmental Quality Award.”
The town was one of six recipients awarded under the “Federal, State, Local and Tribal Government or Agency” category. It was the only local government in the region to receive the award, town spokesman Mike Deery said.
The EPA citation noted the town’s efforts to reduce energy usage, without affecting costs to residents.
“I want to thank the EPA for selecting Hempstead Town for this award, and I am committed to expanding our township’s work in the field of renewable energy,” Murray said in the statement.