YONKERS, N.Y. – The three shades of City Hall.
The Yonkers capitol building has taken a new after-hours look, lighting up the city skyline with a trio of bright colors. The display began earlier this month, with the clock tower rotating between green, light purple and orange after the sun sets.
Mayor Mike Spano said last week the colorful lights were installed as part of an energy sustainability program within the city that is expected to save more than $2 million annually.
“Cutting energy use saves dollars and is also good for the environment,” he said in his State of the City address.
As part of the effort, city officials are also preparing to replace up to 12,000 street lights with brighter, more energy efficient LED lamps.
In addition, plans are in place to utilize a new alternative energy pilot program in which Yonkers will add a propane refueling station at no cost to the city. The station will have the capability to convert 20 vehicles to propane power, the mayor said, reducing fuel and maintenance costs.
Perhaps more importantly, the program as a whole is projected to reduce the carbon footprint of the city as a whole by 10 percent.
But it’s not just City Hall that is realizing the benefits of green energy.
Late last year developers cut the red tape on the area’s largest rooftop solar system inside downtown’s iPark. Covering a roof space the size of two football fields, the panels produce enough energy to power 160 homes for one year.
Spano said the time has come for Yonkers and its developers to work towards green energy solutions.
“There is no argument climate change is real,” he said. “We know the devastation it has and will continue to cause to all of us right here in New York if we don’t act. We are all responsible for it and now we must be part of the solution.”
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