The Long Beach Public Library Receives New Energy Efficient Lighting Upgrades from Winthrop-University Hospital

The Long Beach Public Library Receives New Energy Efficient Lighting Upgrades from Winthrop-University Hospital

A special event at Long Beach Library Point Lookout Branch kicks off innovative partnership
Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 12:00pm


CONTENT: Press Release

April 5, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Thanks to generous financial support from Winthrop-University Hospital and in partnership with CBS EcoMedia, The Long Beach Library’s Point Lookout Branch and The Long Beach Public Library will benefit from energy-efficient lighting upgrades.

The lighting retrofit will enhance the overall appearance of both libraries, reduce energy usage and electric costs, and ultimately save taxpayers money. The funding for the lighting upgrades was a part of Winthrop-University Hospital’s EcoAd advertising on CBS, a program which enables advertisers to support community projects across the nation.

This morning a special celebration kicked off the partnership at The Long Beach Library’s Point Lookout Branch. Notable guests included J. Edmund Keating, Vice President of Marketing, Advertising and Public Affairs, Winthrop-University Hospital; Paul Polizzotto, President and Founder, CBS EcoMedia; George Trepp, Director, Long Beach Public Library.

“We are extremely pleased to be part of CBS’s EcoMedia initiative again this year. Our goal is to provide the highest quality health services to the communities we serve. We are committed to prevention and education, as well as to outstanding treatment. It makes sense to support this upgrade in the Library, not only to help reduce energy costs but also to improve the quality of life and learning in the community. A smarter community is a healthier community.”

 "The Long Beach Public Library is both delighted and grateful to work with Winthrop Hospital on this exciting project, which will fund the installation of energy efficient fixtures and lighting,” said Library Director George Trepp. “These lighting upgrades will save the Long Beach Public Library and district taxpayers money that can be redirected into other much-needed programs and services. We are also grateful to Winthrop-University Hospital for this funding from their EcoAd, as the Library hopes to augment the grant with State Construction money and PSEGLI rebates to extend the project and make the retrofit that much more meaningful."

“These lighting upgrades will save Long Beach Public Library money that will now be redirected into other much-needed programs and operations,” said Polizzotto. “We're grateful to Winthrop-University Hospital for putting the funding from their EcoAd to work on such a meaningful retrofit.”


About Winthrop-University Hospital

Founded in 1896 by a group of local physicians and concerned citizens, Long Island's first voluntary hospital is a 591-bed university-affiliated medical center and New York State-designated Regional Trauma Center which offers sophisticated diagnostic and therapeutic care in virtually every specialty and subspecialty of medicine and surgery. Winthrop-University Hospital is a major regional healthcare resource with a deep commitment to medical education and research, offering a full complement of inpatient and outpatient services.

In 2010, Winthrop provided inpatient care for 33,082 men, women, and children. There were over 66,000 emergency visits and 4,632 childbirths logged for the year. More than 3,802 electrophysiology procedures and 4,892 cardiac catheterizations were performed. Over 18,500 surgical procedures were completed, including 458 open-heart operations. Winthrop's certified Home Health Agency and its Long Term Homecare Program provided over 121,000 visits to community residents.

The Hospital employs 6,000 dedicated and caring individuals, including nearly 1,500 nurses and 1,525 full-time and voluntary attending medical staff. Winthrop offers a broad range of inpatient and outpatient programs and services for the newborn through the elderly, primarily from Nassau, Suffolk and Queens Counties on Long Island, in a dynamic, progressive environment.


About The Long Beach Public Library

The Long Beach Public Library was established on September 29, 1928 with the dedication of the first building at 124 West Park Avenue. Subsequently the Library moved to the Long Beach Trust Company building, opposite the railroad station, and to a storefront on Park Place. In 1956, the Library moved to its current location and was expanded in 1997-98. In 1967, a storefront branch was opened in Point Lookout and the branch has moved twice since, now residing in its new quarters at 79 Lido Boulevard. The West End Branch was opened in 1968 and, in 2009, moved to another storefront in the community.

Effects of Super Storm Sandy

On Monday, October 29, 2012, Super storm Sandy devastated the community and closed the three Library facilities. The Point Lookout Branch was the first to reopen on January 10,2013, having sustained the least damage while the Main Library reopened on March 27th, after extensive rehabilitation and the loss of over 15% of the adult material collections. Unfortunately, the West End Branch had substantial damage and had to close.

While the main library historically has been a focal point of the community, since Sandy it has solidified its position as a community and cultural center. More and more community groups meet at the Library, there are six (6) music festivals, from cabaret to rock, throughout the year, the second floor Art Gallery showcases local artists, Sunday cultural programs attract capacity audiences and filmprograms show the latest releases. The Library’s children’s and teen programs provide important literacy programs and public computers provide high speedaccess to the Internet. Further, the main library is now being considered as a “Community Center” for emergencies by the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Planning Committee. Finally, Point Lookout Branch may soon evolve into a similar center for that community. 

About CBS EcoMedia Inc.

At EcoMedia, we’re propelled by the desire to create positive social change; that’s been our mission since we founded the company in 2002. In 2010, after successfully partnering with CBS on a wide range of environmental projects, EcoMedia became the newest addition to the CBS Corporation portfolio, exponentially scaling our reach across television, radio, interactive, publishing and outdoor media.

Through our patent-pending EcoAd, WellnessAd and EducationAd programs, an innovative twist on traditional advertising, advertisers are able to support much-needed local projects which in turn creates jobs, saves taxpayer money and improves the quality of life in communities nationwide. In the process, we’re fundamentally altering the advertising landscape, elevating the ordinary, traditional commercial – and media, in general – into a catalyst for tangible, quantifiable social change. Please visit, like us at or follow us at

By participating in EcoMedia’s EcoAd, WellnessAd and EducationAd advertising programs, EcoMedia’s advertisers agree to provide funding for projects we believe will have a beneficial effect upon the environment, health and/or education within local communities.  EcoMedia’s advertising programs are not certification programs nor are the EcoAd, WellnessAd or EducationAd logos seals of approval. EcoMedia does not in any way certify, endorse or make any representations about EcoMedia program advertisers, their products or services.


CATEGORY: Environment