CORTLANDT, N.Y. -- The Hendrick Hudson Free Library was recognized by the state for being the first library in Westchester County to be certified as a Green Business.
The library was the recipient of the 2016 Joseph F. Shubert Library Excellence Award.
The award is given annually to recognize the achievements of small, medium and large libraries and library consortia in New York State.
Named after the late Joseph F. Shubert, a former State Librarian, the award honors libraries or library consortia that have taken significant steps within the past two years to improve the quality of library service to users.
The award is sponsored by the New York State Regents Advisory Council includes a gift of $1,000 supplied by the Friends of the New York State Library
Notable projects may also be recognized and honored for their achievements.
The Hendrick Hudson Free Library began what would be a year and a half process to become the first library in Westchester County to achieve Green Business Certification. Westchester Green Business-Certified (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. The library was part of the pilot group of businesses (both for profit and not for profit) who undertook the challenge and they received their certification January 21, 2015.
Participation in the WGBC allowed Hendrick Hudson Free Library to be a model for the community and it gave it the opportunity to showcase what it was already doing right, while helping find ways they could do more and advance the need for sustainable thinking as something that everyone must incorporate into their daily lives.
Now that they have completed the official certification process, the Hendrick Hudson Free Library continues to collect relevant data on energy, waste, purchasing and submit it yearly to WGBC. The library has received recognition for its achievements in leadership and education in the field of environmental conservation and efficiency from the Westchester Business Council, local public officials, as well the County Executive.
The award will be officially presented in November at the New York Library Association Conference in Saratoga Springs. As the 2016 Shubert Award winner, the Hendrick Hudson Free Library will receive a plaque and $1,000, which is donated by the Friends of the New York State Library.
Members of the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries 2016 Shubert Award Committee are Steven Manning, Claudia Depkin and Ann Thornton.
The Committee said the Hendrick Hudson Free Library submission is an excellent example of the “spirit of the Shubert award.”