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 developed the first affordable Energy Star certified homes in New York State (Sunflower Way 2001), the first affordable LEED Silver homes in New York State (Morrisania Homes 2007), and the first affordable LEED Platinum multifamily building in New York State (The Eltona 2009).
A 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, 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 National Brownfield Association, the Long Island Builders Institute, the US Green Building Council, the Real Estate Board of New York, Associated General Contractors of America, and the General Building Contractors of New York State.
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 and is currently a member of the Industry Advisory Committee to the NYC Green Codes Task Force, convened by the Mayor and City Council Speaker, to "green" the New York City Building Code.
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