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New Greening Initiative On The Way

The Con Edison Settlment Fund Committee of Community Board 3 voted on Thursday, Jan. 5th to approve a $65,000 proposal we submitted in November.  We plan to outreach to at least two dozen low income cooperatives (HDFCs) near the East 14th Street Con Ed plant, and assist them with applying for NYS Weatherization funds and EmPower New York funds available to make their buildings more energy efficient and reduce their heating and air conditioning costs.

If at least 50% of the residents of a building are low income (60% of the area median income), the entire building is eligible for free windows, boiler, hot water heater, energy star appliances and other energy efficiency upgrades under the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP).  EmPower NY offers more modest benefits, such as energy star refrigerators, apartment insulation, and CFL bulbs which can cut one’s annual Con Ed bills in half.

“We’ve already spoken to the Board presidents of several low income co-ops from East 9th St. to East 12th Street, and there’s a lot of interest in participating in these programs.  We’re hoping the Con Ed Settlement Funds will be disbursed within a few months so that we can hire someone to work closely with the co-ops, and help them  bring down their fuel and electricity costs,” said Executive Director, Steve Herrick.  In addition to increasing our staffing capacity, we will also be re-granting some of the funds to the low income co-ops to help cover a significant portion of their matching fund costs.  CSC hopes to bring several hundred thousand dollars worth of investment in greening dollars to low income co-ops in the East Village. Residents of low income co-ops between St. Marks Place and East 14th St. are encouraged to contact us at 212-228-8210 to find out more about this program.