Kudos, With Reservations

Posted on 27 September 2008

The Town of Southampton should be commended for adopting rigorous, albeit scaled back, energy codes that demand energy efficiency of its residents at a time when we see this issue as a necessity for municipalities to address — not a luxury.


When it was first adopted, we believed these codes took revolutionary steps down a road just years ago we never would have imagined the Town of Southampton would have taken. We are proud to see the town, complete with its own “green committee,” has moved in a more progressive direction on the environmental front and credit board member Anna Throne-Holst’s influence with this evolution.


What we have enjoyed most about this legislation is that it attempts to place the burden of efficiency on those using the most energy. Like Throne-Holst, we were disappointed the board chose to put off requiring the highest tier of efficiency for homes 6,500 square-feet and above until next year, and that they also decided to hold off on mandating substantial reconstruction projects meet efficiency standards until 2009 as well. However, ultimately we are pleased at the forward momentum the town has made towards environmental sustainability and we understand the need for compromise.


Nationwide, municipalities are taking these steps as our natural resources dwindle and the cost of energy rises in what is an increasingly shaky and frightening economy. While on the East End, buoyed by an undeniably robust tourist and second home owner economy compared to many communities, being “green” is often a political choice. Nationwide, in less affluent communities conservation is becoming a necessity based on finances, not fashion and we believe it is not long before this necessity becomes a reality on the East End as well.


That being said, a subtle shift in attitudes is quietly surging all around us. While there may still be loads of SUVs on Main Street, we have been seeing more Smart cars and hybrids with each passing week. A sure sign that the times, they are a changin’ — whether we are ready for them to or not.


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