Instructor: Melissa Lee
The Coalition for the Improvement of Bedford-Stuyvesant (CIBS) is a 2009 recipient of a Smart Growth Technical Assistance Award from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This work facilitated the community – residents, entrepreneurs, local leaders and the like to move PlaNYC’s framework towards a set of neighborhood specific, actionable practices to achieve better environmental community outcomes. As a result, CIBS created a sustainability action plan based on EPA recommendations that prioritizes green redevelopment; green job creation; brownfield remediation; renewable energy production; and mapping and evaluation of local sustainability indicators. Retrofitting along with the preservation of environmentally-conscious, energy efficient housing, commercial, and retail developments across Bedford-Stuyvesant (Bed-Stuy) are key components of this vision. In this same vein, Bed-Stuy houses nearly a dozen New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) developments that if retrofitted, presents a tremendous opportunity to improve the quality of life for approximately 20,000 NYCHA residents as well as the neighborhood overall. In 2007, NYCHA developed a ‘Green’ agenda comprised of a set of nine broad sustainability initiatives to reduce the Authority’s carbon footprint, lower energy / utility consumption, conserve resources and engage residents in adopting a low-carbon lifestyle. Students research how the implementation of this agenda is impacting communities on a local level – Bed-Stuy in particular. Students help determine how CIBS can advocate for comprehensive green improvements to all public housing in Bed-Stuy.
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