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NYCHA's "Green" Agenda


Green Guide: The Power is in Your Hands
The user friendly Green Guide offers 40 “green tips” and provides residents with information on saving energy and the environment. The Green Guide was developed through the efforts of desigNYC, a group of designers and design advocates that aim to improve life in New York City by connecting nonprofits and community groups in need of design services with professional, pro bono design resources. One member of desigNYC, The Rooster Group, generously offered its creative services to develop and design the Green Guide.
Green Guide (in PDF)
Green Guide En Español (Spanish) (in PDF)

Breevort Houses Green Committee Members stand around a tree they planted at their development. Photo by Leticia Barboza

Keeping it Green at Breevort Houses
August 2009
Resident Gardeners and Green Committee Members (from left to right) Cyrila Rose, Jeanette McCoy, Eva Huntley (Green Committee Co-Captain), Essence Jackson (Green Committee Captain), Pansy Nettles, and Tamarrah Kearney are doing their part to further NYCHA's Green Initiative by planting trees on the grounds of their development and educating their neighbors about the importance of recycling and energy conservation.

Get inspired by these enterprising residents

Vegetable garden grown on NYCHA grounds by resident(s).

Buster English: The Green Thumb
August 6, 2009
For 15 years, Mr. English, 55, has been growing neatly planted rows of vegetables in one of NYCHA's developments in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

Learn more about this NYCHA gardener (links to

Castle Hill Energy Efficiency Program, Photo by Pete Mikoleski

Mayor Bloomberg and NYCHA Chairman Rhea Unveil New Energy Efficiency Program at Castle Hill Houses
August 5, 2009
Mayor Bloomberg and Chairman John B. Rhea unveiled NYCHA's new energy efficiency demonstration project at the Castle Hill Houses in the Bronx. By 2011 it will lower energy usage by 2.25 million kilowatt hours of electricity a year, reduce carbon emissions by more than 4,900 tons annually, and save $1.2 million a year.

Read the press release (links to website)
Watch the press conference video (high bandwidth)
Watch the press conference video (low bandwidth)

Photo by James Estrin, courtesy of The New York Times

In Public Housing, Talking Up the Recycling Bin
July 3, 2009
Gloria Allen, an 82-year old New York City Housing Authority resident, gathers neighbors at General Grant Houses in Manhattan where she lives, to offer recycling tips. She helped to start a movement to introduce recycling to the residents.

Read the article (links to website)

Green collar jobs, Photo by, Leticia Barboza

NYCHA Residents Successfully Train for Green Collar Jobs
June 1, 2009
The first graduating class of the MillionTrees NYC Training Program consisted of six NYCHA residents. Program graduates are prepared for a variety of 'green-collar' jobs throughout their training.
Learn more about this innovative job training program

SpeakingGreen Lecture Series at Baruch College, Photo by Pete Mikoleski

NYCHA "SpeaksGreen" to Educate Public about Preserving Public Housing
April 23, 2009
NYCHA brought the third in its series of SpeakingGreen lectures to Baruch College last April, where public housing residents, the college community, and a cross section of concerned citizens heard a distinguished panel of 'green' leaders discuss strategies to protect the City's living environment and preserve public housing.

Learn more about this event

Volunteer plants tree at Pomonok Houses, Photo by Leticia Barboza

NYCHA Celebrates Earth Week with Tree Plantings
April 20, 2009
Three hundred community volunteers and invited New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) residents gathered at Pomonok Houses in Flushing, Queens to plant trees on the grounds of the 56-year-old development. This initiative was the first of several tree planting volunteer events that are scheduled to occur throughout the spring. The event was a collaboration between MillionTreesNYC, the New York Restoration Project and NYCHA.

Upcoming tree planting event (in PDF)

MillionTreesNYC event, Photo by Pete Mikoleski

Over 10,700 Trees for NYCHA Developments
April 22, 2008
Mayor Bloomberg and David Rockefeller pledge $10 million to the MillionTreesNYC initiative to plant trees in public spaces including New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) developments and public schools.
Where will all of the trees be planted?

Queensbridge lightbulb exchange, Photo by Pete Mikoleski

Queensbridge South Goes Green with CFL Kick Off
April 21, 2008
Corporate volunteers gathered at Queensbridge South, the country's largest public housing development to begin installing 9,600 Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) in 1,600 apartments.

How much can NYCHA save by installing energy-efficient bulbs?

Photo By Peter Mikoleski

Mayor Bloomberg and Former President Bill Clinton Announce a Partnership to "Green" NYCHA Buildings
December 7, 2007
HUD, NYCHA and the Clinton Climate Initiative announced a partnership that will allow NYCHA to become a leader in “green” initiatives among housing authorities nationwide.
Read the press release

New Partnership Helps Seniors Afford Green Living
October 26, 2007
Senior residents at NYCHA's New Lane Houses in Staten Island can now afford to replace their incandescent light bulbs with energy efficient Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL), thanks to a partnership between non-profit group, RelightNY, a generous $90,000 donation from financial institution HSBC and the hard work of Public Energy Solutions employees.

How many light bulbs can $90,000 buy?

NYCHA Commissioner and Environmental Coordinator, Margarita Lopez

Mayor Bloomberg Appoints Margarita López as
NYCHA's Environmental Coordinator
September 24, 2007
NYCHA Board Member, Margarita López has been selected to spearhead environmental efforts at the Authority, such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions and making NYCHA a leader in "green" initiatives for public housing agencies across the country.

Read the Mayor's press release
Who is Margarita López? (in PDF)