If you are a property owner or board member of a low income cooperative, contact Steve or Angee to find out what types of free and low cost greening programs your building may be eligible for.
In October, 2011, the Cooper Square Committee launched an HDFC Greening Project. We began by
assisting our affiliate, the Cooper Square Mutual Housing Association, with qualifying for Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) and EmPower New York services. In Phase 1, the Cooper Square MHA selected 9 buildings to enroll in WAP and EmPower. They applied for WAP services with the Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation (NMIC), which administers the program for all of Manhattan. WAP assists buildings in which at least 50% of the households are low income (earning less than 60% of the area median income), and provides them with some or all of the following services:
New energy efficient windows
New hot water heaters
Insulation of roof cavities
Insulation of pipes
New energy star refrigerators and stoves
Florescent light bulbs
Energy smart power strips to reduce electricity usage
The EmPower New York program provides apartments with energy efficiency improvements including new energy star refrigerators and florescent light bulbs, but does not provide major building systems such as windows and boilers.
Our role in the HDFC Greening Project has been to outreach to the low income buildings, and collect income eligibility forms from the residents, including back up documentation such as proof of income (ie., one month of recent pay stubs, a recent Social Security or SSI award letter, and a copy of a recent Con Edison bill). Self employed residents provide a notarized affidavit of their income. As of February, 2012, we qualified 7 buildings for WAP, and 9 buildings for EmPower New York.
If you are a property owner or board member of a low income cooperative, contact us at 212-228-8210 to find out what types of free and low cost greening programs your building may be eligible for.
Go Green Lower East Side (GGLES)
We are carrying out our HDFC Greening Project as part of a Go Green Lower East Side (GGLES) Initiative started by Manhattan Borough President, Scott Stringer in 2009. The initiative involves partnerships among numerous non-profit organizations to promote energy conservation by property owners, residents and businesses, as well as recycling, composting and other green best practices by area residents. In 2011, Fourth Arts Block (FAB), proposed a model block greening initiative targeting East 4th Street because of its unique concentration of non-profit cultural groups and low income housing managed by the Cooper Square MHA. With strong buy in by property owners and businesses, a number of greening initiatives have begun, such as the following:
White Roofs: Since August, 2011, the roofs of 10 buildings on East 4th Street were painted white thanks to efforts by FAB, the White Roof Project and NYC Cool Roofs. www.boweryboogie.com/2011/08/scott-stringer-enlists-community-volunteeers-to-paint-rooftops/
Greening Small Businesses: EcoBiz is conducting energy efficiency trainings for small business owners every Friday morning at the Cooper Square Committee office.
Recycling: GrowNYC has done trainings for the Cooper Square MHA’s maintenance staff to improve the recycling rate at the 22 buildings it manages.