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Dorian Dale

Town of Babylon
Energy Director & Sustainability Officer
Lindenhurst, NY, USA

Dorian Dale sets policy, devises strategy and oversees implementation of energy and sustainability initiatives for the Town of Babylon. 

Dale was appointed to the newly created position of energy director by Supervisor Steve Bellone in 2006.  That year, the Town codified Energy Star standards for new home construction and required all new commercial construction over 4,000sf be LEED-certified, the most rigorous such code in the nation. With existing buildings constituting 64% of Babylon's carbon footprint, the Town introduced the Long Island Green Homes (LIGH) program to enhance the energy efficiency of the Town's 65,000 detached houses. The pilot for this program was funded out the Town waste reserve after expanding the standard definition of solid waste to include "energy waste by dint of its carbon component." Principle and program structure were subsequently affirmed legislatively by the State of New York.  LIGH is the recipient of the 2010 Environmental Excellence Award from the NYS DEC.

This innovative, municipally-financed formula for one-stop retrofits has been cited by McKinsey & Co and the Alliance to Save Energy as exemplary, been featured in conferences sponsored by ICLEI, Green for All, and Living Cities, as well as multiple webinars from DOE, USGBC, ICLEI, Yale University School for Business and Environment, and Pace Law School, among others. Babylon's is the first operational benefit-assessed clean energy program in the nation, the BACE for PACE. Dale is spearheading the Town's response to the interdiction of PACE programs by FHFA.  Babylon was chosen by Sir Richard Branson's Carbon War Room to be one of fifteen international cities, including Vancouver, Chicago, New York, London and Copenhagen to unify their approaches to energy efficiency.

Prior to Babylon, Dale was an operations analyst evaluating security links in the supply chain. He has been appointed the 8th Citi Distinguished Fellow for 2010-11 at NYU Stern School of Business. Dale will be serving on the Institute for Sustainable Communities' inaugural China Climate Leadership Academy Faculty 2010-12. He is executive director for The Babylon Project, a charter member of the national Urban Sustainability Directors Network serving on its planning committee, has served the LI chapter of the USGBC as its regional rep, and is a member of the Associations of Old Crows and Former Intelligence Officers. He did his graduate work at Columbia on autonomic conditioning. As an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania, Dale was one of the directors of the original Earth Day in 1970 and helped start an environmental management program at Wharton.


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