Les Bluestone has been involved in the real estate development and construction industry for over three decades, focusing almost exclusively on residential development in the New York City area. After formation of Blue Sea Development Company in 1999, he and his partner have dedicated themselves to the development of green and sustainable affordable housing.
As a part of this commitment, his firm’s recent new LEED Platinum buildings include “The Eltona”, the subject of a Mt. Sinai School of Medicine study on the effects of living in a green building for families who suffer from asthma, “The Melody,” the first development to receive a LEED credit for its incorporation of Active Design Guidelines to help reduce obesity, and “Arbor House,” a recently completed low income rental building that integrates a 10,000 sf hydroponic rooftop farm, producing fresh hydroponic vegetables for sale to building residents and the community.
An executive trustee of the Citizens Budget Commission, Les Bluestone is also an active member in the real estate development community. He is a former board chair and current Leadership Council member of Habitat for Humanity New York City, a board member of the New York State Association for Affordable Housing, a founding member of the Center for Active Design, advisory board member to The Housing Partnership Development Corporation, policy committee member of the Housing First! advocacy group, and a past Vice President of the Queens County Builders and Contractors Association. Other association involvements include the National Association of Home Builders, the New York State Builders Association, the Long Island Builders Institute, the US Green Building Council, and the Real Estate Board of New York.
His knowledge of construction and affordable housing development issues earned him a place on the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee of the Model Code Program that revised the New York City Building Code, was an Industry Advisory Committee member to the NYC Green Codes Task Force and a steering committee member of the Building Resiliency Task Force, both convened by the Mayor and City Council Speaker, to "green" the New York City Building Code and make recommendations on how to prepare the City’s buildings for severe weather events, post super storm Sandy.
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