The Hendrick Hudson Free Library Board of Trustees and staff are proud to be part of the movement to make libraries economically feasible, environmentally sound, socially equitable and in line with our community’s core values to ensure that we remain vital, visible, and viable.  We are doing this by being leaders in promoting sustainability.

Sustainability is more than green buildings and energy savings.  It’s the capacity to thrive.  It’s stable funding, environmental stewardship, and being community-driven.  We want libraries to partner with and revitalize their communities and help them bounce back from any disruptions they might face such as severe weather, natural disasters, economic recession, power outages, or terrorism.  We want libraries to help their communities to keep going and grow.

Our Environmental Policy was adopted by the Board of Trustees on February 24, 2014 and is reviewed annually.


The Hendrick Hudson Free Library is commitment to being a community leader

Hendrick Hudson Free Library is a founding member of the Sustainable Libraries Initiative. (SLI) provides library leaders with a proven path forward to co-create libraries and communities that will thrive in the coming years. The Sustainable Library Certification Program and the SLI community of practice focuses on leadership to enable libraries, and ultimately communities, to align practices with the triple bottom line.  Hendrick Hudson Free Library’s director, Jill Davis, is a mentor for other libraries throughout the United States and has co-authored a chapter in Libraries & Sustainability: Programs and Practices for Community Impact


Awards that reflect our commitment to sustainability:

Green Business Partnership certification,  2015

NYS Joseph Shubert Library Excellence Award, 2016 

Charles W. Brown, Jr. Sustainability Award, 2017

Westchester County ECO Award, 2016 & 2018

Sustainable Library Initiative, 2019



Sustainability by the numbers (yearly averages):

99% LED lighting interior and exterior

289 Solar Panels

50 lbs compost

6,100 lbs Discover Books Recycled

50 lbs Batteries Recycled

500 lbs Plastic Film Recycling with Trex



The library is a drop-off point for recycling plastic film, used batteries (both non-reusable and reusable–less than 11 pounds) and k-cup pods. Note: Before dropping off batteries, please ensure that the positive side of the battery is taped with either duct tape or electrical tape only (scotch tape, masking tape, painter’s tape, or packaging tape not permissible).


View our Sustainability Plan 2021-2024.


Useful Links: 

Town of Cortlandt Recycling Guide and Sanitation Schedule 

Westchester County Shredder Schedule 

Visit the New York League of Conservative Voters’ Website for some good tips on going green!

Energy Saving Links:

Window Coverings

Con Edison Energy Calculators



Sustainability Report-HHFL-October 2019