Where family is the story...
in New Paltz, New York
the heart of the Hudson Valley
Green, earth-friendly practices are not new to the Street. In the days before mass-produced products, our founders and their early descendants had to be resourceful and look at the environment around them to build their houses, keep their homes clean and heal themselves. Today on the Street, we're taking to steps to return to these simpler, lower impact practices.
Steps to Greener Living on the Street
Historic Huguenot Street is leading the charge to become more earth-friendly. Among our current initiatives:
Using CO² reducing Lime Mortar:
As lime mortar cures over time it bonds with CO² from the atmosphere and reduces greenhouse gas levels. Our environment has been saved from 110,200 pounds of CO² being released into the atmosphere (and counting) thanks to lime mortar.
Engaging in an Energy Audit:
HHS participated in the NYSERDA Energy Audit Program, which offers a reduced rate to analyze building efficiency. The fee is refunded when improvements are made that total the $100 fee.
The Green Meadow Program:
Selected areas of HHS are utilized as natural habitat, promoting growth of wildflowers, natural habitat, migratory flyway and wildlife refuge. This also serves as a natural filter for storm water runoff before it returns to the Wallkill River.
Design: Using EcoFont:
Spranq Eco Sans, developed by the Dutch as an homage to their “Dutch holey cheese”, uses 20% less ink than other fonts.
Introducing Programmable Thermostats:
This simple change has lessened HHS energy consumption by 18%.
Replacing standard incandescent bults with compact fluorescent light bulbs, which use 75% less energy, last 7 to 10 times longer and produce less heat
Using Biodegradable Citrus Based Paint Stripper:
This product is more effective than comparable toxic products.
Replanting of Bulbs and Shrubs:
As the gardens evolve and plants reappear from yesteryear, our Historic Preservation crew save them to plant in other Gardens. For instance, the boxwoods from a Fleur de Lis topiary formerly on the Deyo House Lawn now line Deyo Hall.
During Restoration projects, materials are reused when possible -- including nails, wood and pintels. Scrap metal is reused or recycled.
Making Leaf Mulch Work:
We fertilize gardens and nullify weed growth by repurposing mulched leaves from our grounds.
Utilizing Drainage to Irrigate Lawns, Flowerbeds, etc.:
Natural run-off is channeled from houses and roads then utilized to water gardens.