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Rockland Program



Sustainable Planning


Current Community

SEQRA & the Public

Planning Tools

Affordable Housing


Water Quality

Thinking Green

Westchester Program

Rockland Program

List of Terms

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory







Rockland P.L.U.S. and Spring Valley student Daysi Barahona was selected Lower Hudson Student of the Week following her participation in the 2014 event. Click here to read her story (photo by Rick Flores, photo and article courtesy of the Journal News).

The 2014 event was held March 21st, 2014 at Rockland Community College.

Rockland P.L.U.S. 2014 engaged students in their immediate community. Rockland County is a diverse community made up of smaller towns and villages, each with a unique identity and set of factors to consider for future development projects. In these communities there are pockets of commercial and residential development that are thriving, and others that are hoping for new energy and revitalization. For Rockland P.L.U.S. 2014, we will look at Transit Oriented Development (TOD) with the high school student groups focused on revitalizing the block around their local train station to bring new energy to their towns and villages and to balance the three complementary process that make a community successful and sustainable - Social, Economic and Environmental (S.E.E.) Concerns. We encourage students to plan through linking these issues so they can really S.E.E. their community! Moving from their own community to the thruway corridor, at the the symposium Friday March 21, 2014 at SUNY Rockland Community College in Suffern, NY we will consider the reconstruction of the Tappan Zee Bridge and the future role that mass transit should and could play. For more information on this topic refer to the linked 2007 Tappan Zee Bridge Corridor Transit Study Report.

For an excellent resource on moving people out of their cars and into mass transit check out these two short (less than 5 minute) videos from EMBARQ. Link to creative marketing ideas for mass transit. Link to New York City initiatives.


Rockland PLUS involves three visits from our project team to your classroom. Students should review the following pages of the website, considering the questions there before the noted visit:

Visit #1 - Home, Sustainable Planning, Background, Current Community

Visit #2 - Planning Tools, Affordable Housing, Water Quality, Brownfields (if applicable)

Visit #3 - Public Participation & SEQRA, Thinking Green

In order to get a feel for the benefits of planning around TOD

Putting it into Practice - The Lower Hudson Valley has developed a Regional Sustainability Planning website and have released a new Regional Sustainability Plan for the region. Land use and transportation, energy and water management, open space, agriculture, climate change mitigation are primary topics in their review. The Report Executive Summary and full report are an excellent review of the same concerns you are considering in your community.


Learning Goals for Class Visits TOD
Introductory Powerpoint

Brainstorming Your Own T.O.D

Community Train Station Maps

Green Features ppt
Layout of a Tranist Oriented Development (TOD)
Poster Template (pptx) (ppt)

Links Below to the Mini Case Study From Our Classroom Demonstration

Links Below to Rockland's Event Day Forms & Information Below

Mentors & Facilitators (TBD)

Event Agenda (TBD) Poster Presentation Feedback Forms (TBD) Mentor Instructions (TBD)

Facilitator Instructions (TBD)

Planning Guidelines (TBD)

SUNY RCC MAP Photo Consent Form Press Release (TBD)


Frank & Joanne Gumper

First Niagara

The Rockland Program is made possible thanks to the commitment of the agencies below.

The PLUS event is a collaborative project in Rockland County.




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