The Hendrick Hudson Free Library in Montrose was recently honored by The New York State Regents Advisory Council with the 2016 Joseph F. Shubert Library ExcellenceAward. Given annually, the prestigious award recognizes the achievements of small, medium and large libraries in New York State that have taken significant steps within the past two years to improve the quality of library service to the community they serve. The Hendrick Hudson Library received this honor for being the first library in all of Westchester County to achieve their official Green Business Certification.
According to Jill Davis, Library Director for Hendrick Hudson, the library staff began the year and a half process leading to certification in 2013 and was part of the pilot group of businesses who undertook the challenge. The library officially received their certification in January of 2015 and as a Westchester Green Business-Certified (WGBC) business they have served as a model for their community. This award has given the staff at the library the opportunity to showcase the steps they were already taking to be eco-friendly while finding more ways to be resourceful and advance the need for sustainable thinking. According to Davis the entire building uses LED lights including the parking lot, they use compost for staff waste and 275 solar panels are being installed on the building for the new construction and addition to the children’s room which will open in the spring. “We are so honored to receive this distinction for our leadership and advancement in the environmentally friendly practices we instituted at the library,” said Davis. “Preserving our environment and resources is something everyone in our community must incorporate into their daily lives and we are glad to do our part and to help pave the pathway to a better future.”
WGBC is the region’s only green business certification program that provides the tools, training, and expertise for organizations to become true green business leaders within their industries. Certification is achieved through visionary leadership, organizational commitment and the successful integration of environmental sustainability into all areas of operation. According to Davis, since completing the official certification process, the Hendrick Hudson Free Library continues to collect relevant data on energy, waste, and purchasing to submit it yearly to the WGBC. In addition to Green Business Certification, the Library has also received recognition for its achievements in leadership and education in the field of environmental conservation and efficiency from the Westchester Business Council, County Executive Rob Astorino and other local officials.
According to members of the award committee they were uniformly enthusiastic in the decision to honor the Hendrick Hudson Free Library submission as an excellent example of the “spirit of the Shubert award.” The awardwhich is named after the late Joseph F. Shubert, former State Librarian, includes a monetary gift of $1,000 sponsored by the Friends of the New York State Library and will be officially presented to Davis in November at the New York Library Association Conference in Saratoga Springs. To learn more about the Hendrick Hudson Free Library connect with them on Social Media or visit them at www.henhudfreelibrary.org