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Rockland P.L.U.S. Program



Sustainable Planning


Current Community

SEQRA & the Public

Planning Tools

Affordable Housing


Water Quality

Water Conservation

Thinking Green

Rockland Program

Rockland Resources

Westchester Program

List of Terms

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory








Link to Learning Goals for Class Visits

Rockland P.L.U.S. engages students in planning in their immediate community. Our County is composed of 5 towns and 19 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. 2021, students will work with a location in their Rockland community to revitalize it. Students should consider how creative planning can make the community more sustainable and climate smart through increasing efficiency in transportation, water and energy.


For our group project we have used multiple sites. Sample Introduction to a Group Project South Nyack.

Class projects: really S.E.E.E. your community. Students consider four complementary processes that make a community successful and sustainable: a balance of social, economic, equitable and environmental factors or what we refer to as S.E.E.E.ing their community. ~300 students from close to a dozen community high schools (Albertus Magnus, Clarkstown North, Clarkstown South, North Rockland, Nyack, P-Tech, Ramapo, Suffern and Spring Valley) participate in a series of 3 classroom visits each as they develop projects focused on their own region of Rockland. Approximately 130 students will participate in the final symposium, representing their fellow classmates.

Symposium Event. For 2021 we will host our Symposium Event virtually by school. The students will present their own community project to mentors from the community. Following this they will be transfer their skills to a new project, the Haverstaw 10 acre waterfront Chair Factory site. They will work with input and feedback from their mentors to create a sustainable plan for this location.

Students work with planning cards to complete cost/benefit analysis.

The following pages of the website relate to the different school visits we will make. Please consider the questions before our visits:

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

Visit #2 - Planning Tools, Affordable Housing, Water Quality, Brownfields

Visit #3 - Public Participation & SEQRA, Thinking Green



Link to PHOTOS from the 2019 event - password is green (case sensitive). Any reuse of these images should cite George Pejoves our photographer for the event.
Visit 1: Community Enhancing Features Resource Image Bank
Visit 1: Key Words Green Features examples
Visit 2: Community Assessment Form: pdf / doc Student Presentation Guide for Your Google Earth Story

Visit 2: Planning Considerations Presentation

4 links: Creating a Google Earth Story: pdf/ short tutorial / longer tutorial/ Nanuet sample

Link to Rockland County Planning GIS Mapping(does not work if pop ups are blocked)

Visit 3: Cost Benefit Analysis: pdf / doc

2020 Chair Factory Shared Case Study

2021 Local Case Study Files

Abertus Magnus Schimpf Farm

Links Below to Day Forms & Information from the 2019 event

Event Agenda

Poster Presentation Feedback

Mentor orientation pdf

Mentor Agenda

Facilitator Orientation pdf

Facilitator Instructions Consent Form 2020

Links Below to a Mini Case Study Using the Palisades Mall as a Target Area


The Rockland P.L.U.S. event is a collaborative project of the following groups:


M & T Charitable Foundation
Rockland Logo People's





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