The NYC Green Property Certification is a land certification program provided by the NYC Mayor’s Office that symbolizes the City's confidence that the property and its buildings are among the safest places in New York City to live and work. The NYC Green Property Certification program was established by the NYC Mayor’s Office of Environmental Remediation to provide formal recognition of properties that have achieved all applicable government standards for environmental investigation and cleanup in New York State. NYC Green Property Certification is granted to all properties that successfully complete and maintain a cleanup in the NYC Voluntary Cleanup Program or the New York State Brownfield Cleanup Program.
Environmental investigation required under these cleanup programs to achieve NYC Green Property Certification includes a thorough evaluation of the history of use of the property, an inspection of the property by a qualified environmental professional, and a battery of chemical tests for soil, groundwater and soil vapor from the property. After the sampling is complete, levels of contamination are evaluated and remediated according to New York State cleanup standards. Engineering plans for construction of the new buildings and other amenities are evaluated and properly designed to ensure that there will be no threat of exposure to any environmental contaminants and that the sites are protective of public health and the environment.
Properties that received certification under the NYC Green Property Certification are eligible to display a plaque engraved with the NYC Green Property Certification seal. The NYC Mayor's Office of Environmental Remediation will provide a complementary Green Property Certification Plaque upon completion of the program.