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Published by: Leora Arnowitz on Jun 29, 2010
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first suburb has long attracted families seeking open space,affordable home-ownership, local government and community. However,rapid automobile-oriented expansion has transformed this hamlet of farmsand villages into a congested sprawl. Land is being gobbled up, taxes areskyrocketing, services are decreasing and communities are beginning toerode. Leaders are looking for solutions to generate new economies,improve the environment and restore the connection to local community.Our proposal
- envisions a new paradigm for economic,environmental and social development, combining the historic relationshipof farming with new open space, decreased automobile dependence,alternative energy, a new economy and connection to the land and to eachother. We have selected Farmingdale, along Route 110. Symbolic as a farmtown replaced by millions of square feet of office parks, massive malls, stripcenters and a few isolated residential developments
Farmingdale is theposter child for Long Island sprawl development.
replaces office parks with organic farms, fed byAgTRAIN, aconveyer connected to processing, distribution and rail to connect all of LongIsland to dense centers where goods are sold.AgTrain conveys waste to soil-mixing and waste-to-energy plants, providing organic soils to farms andalternative energy to the community.The office parks are relocated to our transit-oriented community, served byLIRR and light rail on Route 110. Retail, education, entertainment andresidential opportunities are mixed to significantly reduce automobilereliance. The result is an environmentally productive, socially diverse,economically industrious, livable, walkable community.
Regional / Location Map
AgISLANDOverall Site Plan
1. Food packaging and distribution center2. Commercial Greenhouses3. Waste-to-energy plant4. Soil
Making Center5. Transit-Oriented Development6. Agricultural Processing Centers7. Organic Farms8. Farmingdale State University9. Farmingdale A+T Extension
The community is connected by an automated rail circulator feeding agproduct to LIRR for distribution and garbage and food waste to energy plantsand compost. Through energy savings and its use in waste management,AgTrainis a key to sustainability in AgISLAND.
AgTrainreplaces local truck distribution
LIRR replaces long-haul distribution throughout Long Island
AgTrainbrings household organic waste to a soil-mixing facility where it is convertedto compost for area organic farms
Composting diverts 13,000 tons of organic waster per year from the waste stream
Household and commercial garbage is taken by AgTrainto a waste facilityand converted to steam, which is distributed to packaging facilities +greenhouses.
Electricity for 5,100 households (20% of the population) is produced from garbageat the waste-to-energy plant
Converting waste to energy diverts over 46,000 tons of garbage from land fills
Waste to energy production in AgISLANDreplaces 4,000 gallons of fuel oil a day

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