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Retrofit Standardization Initiative

Pratt Center is working to dramatically expand the residential energy efficiency market through an innovative study to standardize retrofits.
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New York State invests millions of dollars annually in energy efficiency financing and marketing programs to encourage residential retrofits, reduce energy consumption, and foster a more sustainable economy. While these programs have enabled hundreds of local residents to green their homes,...

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Active
Who's Working on this Project?: 
Jen Becker
Nepal Asatthawasi
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Made In NYC

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New York City is home to almost 7,000 small manufacturers employing 65,000 people. They make everything from pianos (Steinway in Queens) and landing gear for spacecraft (Vahl in Brooklyn) to food, fashion, film and furnishings.
Made In NYC enhances the capacity of small businesses to create jobs, foster entrepreneurial innovation, and grow sustainable local markets.
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Furthermore, the manufacturing sector is a proven source of good jobs for individuals with limited education and other barriers to employment in many of the city’s most distressed communities. For example, manufacturers in the Bronx, the city’s poorest borough, pay an average salary...

Project Status: 
Active
Who's Working on this Project?: 
Joanna Reynolds
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Still Subsidizing Luxury Development

This report calls for a reform of New York City's "421-a" tax exemption program to stop giving tax breaks to building owners who do not include affordable housing units. The “421-a” tax exemption program was created in the 1970s, when the city was on hard times, to...

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Issue Area: 
Sustainable Community Development
Date: 
Wednesday, December 6, 2006

Green Job Creation Potential in New York City's Manufacturing Sector

This report analyzes New York City's manufacturing industry and the growth potential of greening operations. Making processes more eco-friendly has proven to be a successful business strategy for NYC manufacturers. The research presented in this report indicates that firms that have pursued...

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Issue Area: 
Urban Manufacturing
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Thursday, January 26, 2012

A Review of Selected Incubator Kitchens & Training Restaurants

Following up on a 2010-2011 proposal to launch a sit-down restaurant and training kitchen on Farmers Boulevard, Pratt Center produced this national review of training and incubation kitchens. This presentation profiles a series of NYC incubation kitchens, which offer affordable rents and...

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Issue Area: 
Sustainable Community Development
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Friday, October 1, 2010

RenewableNY: Bringing Manufacturing Businesses the Power to Retrofit

This report documents the RenewableNY program managed by the New York Industrial Retential Network (NYIRN), a project of Pratt Center. RenewableNY provided grant funding and project management support for industrial facilities to implement energy efficiency and renewable energy measures,...

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Urban Manufacturing
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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Energy Efficiency Opportunities and Hurdles in Non-Profit Community Facilities

This report, commissioned by the Low Income Investment Fund, provides evidence that energy efficiency retrofits of nonprofit facilities would increase and improve if financing, energy assessments, and assistance in implementation of retrofit measures were offered as a package. The report...

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Issue Area: 
Energy Efficiency
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Sunday, April 1, 2012

One City One Future: A Blueprint for Growth that Works for All New Yorkers

This blueprint for economic development is the product of four years of collaboration by civic leaders, neighborhood advocates, community development organizations, labor unions, local development corporations, environmentalists, and others to make economic development work for all New Yorkers...

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Issue Area: 
Sustainable Community Development
Date: 
Monday, April 6, 2009

The EDGE Program

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The ever-increasing cost of energy, coupled with the growing awareness of climate change, has made energy efficiency a central pillar of sustainable long-term economic growth in New York City. Now, more than ever, there are tremendous opportunities for reducing energy use while increasing the uptake of renewables.
The EDGE Program helps local business owners, homeowners, and land owners connect to state-funded energy efficiency incentive programs.
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The Economic Development Growth Extension (EDGE) Program looks to capitalize on these opportunities by working at the intersection of economic development and sustainability, incentivizing New Yorkers to take steps that will help them decrease their greenhouse gas emissions, while...

Project Status: 
Archived
Who's Working on this Project?: 
Rebekah Morris

New York's Housing Underground: A Refuge and Resource

In this report, Pratt Center and Chhaya CDC call for the legalization of basement units and other illegal accessory dwelling units to create more affordable housing opportunities. Pratt Center and Chhaya make the case that legalizing and regulating these housing units would make them safer to...

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Issue Area: 
Sustainable Community Development
Date: 
Thursday, April 16, 2009

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