One of the lingering environmental problems of New York City stems from its combined storm-water and sewage systems. Despite the extensive system of sewage treatment facilities in the city, in times of heavy rain the system is over-loaded resulting in raw sewage being dumped into the city’s tributaries and waterways. Working with the New York City Soil and Water Conservation District, we have developed programs where we create rainwater diversion and retention systems that store excess rainwater and make it available for use in a backyard garden in three of our buildings to date. Additionally, working with Workforce Housing Advisors, with funding provided by the NYC Department of Environmental Protection and TD Bank, we are developing our most ambitious Green Infrastructure to date, with over 10,000 square feet of garden space a green roof, green walls, and more. We view all of these program as serving two purposes. First, these are environmental projects that protect our waterways and environment generally. Secondly, they are opportunities for community-building, providing space for productive interaction among residents, including opportunities to provide organized groups of residents with responsible control of our common areas for productive use, social interaction, and passive recereation.
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Energy Savings Program
Working with the New York City office of the Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC), we have completed energy assessments and energy upgrades for seven other buildings. We also have installed a state of the art heat (and electrical use) monitoring system at 866 Beck Street that we hope will demonstrate sufficient savings to allow us to justify expansion into other buildings. The units installed, designed and produced by Intech 21, will also allow for individual tenant monitoring of electrical usage, resulting in savings for our residents, if Con Ed ever allows billing by actual usage or re-institutes its demand response program.