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Brookhaven Town Develops New Program to Help Local Environment

The Pollution Preventer’s Passport will encourage residents to track wildlife and document environmentally friendly activities.

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In an effort to engage residents in the local environment, the Town of Brookhaven has developed a program that gives people the ability to track activities and observations, rewarding them for their achievements.


According to the Town, the program - called the Pollution Preventer’s Passport - is designed to help residents explore the great outdoors and use the passport to document the wildlife they observe, the litter they remove and list the environmentally friendly choices they made that day. When a passport holder fills in all of their pages, it is submitted to the Town of Brookhaven for a Stamp of Stewardship.


Announced this August at a press conference at West Meadow Beach in Stony Brook, the program was developed by the Town’s Youth Advisory Board. Before the press conference, the Town held a special teen clean up event to launch the program.


“On behalf of the entire Town Board, I thank all the children who are cleaning the beach today for helping to make the Town look great through the Pollution Preventer’s Program,” said Supervisor Ed Romaine. “The future is in your hands and after what I’ve seen today, I am more encouraged than ever. This is our community, and we need to keep it looking as nice as we can.”


Residents who are interested in participating in the Town of Brookhaven’s “Pollution Prevention Passport” program can click here to download and print a copy of the “Pollution Prevention Passport” and find out more information about the program.


Pictured with the West Meadow beach clean-up volunteers are (left to right) co-founder of the “Pollution Preventer’s Passport” program, Cayla Rosenhagen; Town of Brookhaven Department of General Services Executive Assistant, Frank Petrignani; Councilmember Jonathan Kornreich and program co-founder, Iris Rosenhagen; Brookhaven Town Youth Board Chair Charlotte Pressley (third from right); Supervisor Ed Romaine (second from right) and Town of Brookhaven Environmental Educator, Nicole Pocchaire (right).