Energeia represents leadership in diverse sectors of the region and it is imperative that Resiliency be a critical part of our core curriculum and the Energeia mission. We value "place" and need to be educated and take action to protect our homes, businesses, communities, clients, patients, infrastructure, land, economy and more...

RESILIENCY

criminal justice


For decades the perception of living in safe communities was one of the many lures that drew people away from their urban roots to suburban Long Island.The classic sharp contrast between the City's "urban jungle" image and the Island's quiet  neighborhoods has softened in recent years as New York became one the Nation's safest cities while the Island's communities fret over spurts of property crimes and increased drug abuse among our young.

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transportation


A major factor in Long Island’s history and extraordinary growth can be directly linked to the development of its transportation network.   Many of our current villages emerged around stops along the fledgling Long Island Rail Road during the 19th century.  The railroad, which was originally intended as a link between New York City and New England via Long Island’s east end, also provided a means to transport farm products from Long Island into New York City...  


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energy


Energy impacts our quality-of-life in many ways. This issue focus involves all of the major energy systems that Long Islanders rely upon for electricity, home heating and transportation fuels.  ​Issues of critical concern include the high cost of energy in our region; the need for systems that are resilient to storm damage; what should the goals for converting energy generation to clean renewable sources such as solar, wind and geothermal? What are the environmental, economic and societal implications of the options under consideration for Long Island's energy future? 


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LAND use


With its beaches, vineyards, parks, superior schools, Pine Barrens, proximity to New York City and myriad other attributes, one would think that Long Island would have a land use decision process that is second to none – one that effectively balances economic development with the protection of natural resources and quality of life. To the contrary – there is no one land use decision process.


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Poverty and the working poor


From afar, Long Island is often viewed as a region of great wealth.  While that certainly holds true for some, less widely understood is the degree to which many Long Islanders are struggling.  Within the region are several pockets where poverty rates are high and have been so for decades...


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EDUCATION


Judged by test scores, college acceptances, or science prizes, Long Island boasts one of the finest educational systems, not just in the country, but in the world.  However, it also has one of the most unequal with fewer resources behind the students with the greatest need, and a level of racial segregation almost unmatched in the nation. Both its strengths and its weaknesses flow from its design as a narrow parochial system of small school districts that reflect Long Island's wealth disparity and its segregation. 


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institutional racism


Structural racism is a term that describes the way government and other public and private institutions systematically afford White people an array of social, political and economic advantages, simply because they are White, while marginalizing and putting at a disadvantage African Americans and many other people of color.


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GOVERNMENT & TAXES

More than most places, New York State has a patchwork quilt of governments providing services to taxpayers. Nowhere is this more obvious than on Long Island, with its 2 counties, 2 cities, 13 towns, 96 villages, and more than 120 school districts.

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media 


The information we consume directly corresponds to the development of our individual and collective worldviews.  As the amount of information available to us continues to exponentially grow, our ability to decipher fact from fiction and ensure we’re getting all sides to a story gets more difficult.

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health care


Healthcare is, perhaps, the most complex and ever evolving challenge explored by our Partners.  Obviously vital to each of us as living, breathing humans, there are also tremendous cost associated with how healthcare is delivered.  Add to this dynamic the fact that the healthcare industry is one of Long Island’s largest employment sectors and a case could be made that understanding the intricacies of this sector is among of the more important bases of knowledge our local leaders need.

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