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RenewableNY

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In 2005, the New York Industrial Retention Network (NYIRN), now a part of the Pratt Center for Community Development, launched an initiative that combined project management and small grants to encourage industrial companies in New York City to implement energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.
RenewableNY combined project management and small grants to encourage industrial companies in New York City to implement energy efficiency projects.
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Projects ranged from simple lighting upgrades to more complex solar energy systems, cogeneration units, energy efficient processing equipment, and other measures. The projects leveraged an additional $2 million in funds...

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Archived
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Coney Island for All

Who's Working on this Research?: 
Vicki Weiner
Paula Crespo

A coalition of community, labor, and housing organizations concerned with the future of Coney Island has joined in support of Coney Island for All: A Platform for Equitable Development, on which the Pratt Center for Community Development served as a key advisor.

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

Brownfield Redevelopment Planning

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Brownfields – defined by the EPA as “real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence…of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant” – are littered throughout many of NYC’s low- and moderate-income communities.
Pratt Center works with local organizations to plan for the sustainable redevelopment of brownfields in low- and moderate-income communities.
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The product of deindustrialization, disinvestment and abandonment, brownfields are a barrier to local economic development, sustainable open space and quality public health, in addition to a blight on communities’ landscapes and well-being. 

Pratt Center has been a longtime...

Project Status: 
Active
Who's Working on this Project?: 
Vicki Weiner
Paula Crespo
Jessie Braden
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Building a Vibrant Manufacturing Sector

Who's Working on this Research?: 
Tanu Kumar

This concept paper contains recommendations for how New York City can build a healthy, vibrant manufacturing sector. Any comprehensive strategy to diversify our economic base, create well-paying jobs and promote the city’s long-term environmental sustainability must both capitalize on the...

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Issue Area: 
Urban Manufacturing
Date: 
Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Fairness Coalition of Queens

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The Fairness Coalition of Queens (FCQ) – an umbrella group of a dozen faith groups, immigrant and youth-serving agencies, and housing advocates – united in 2012 to respond to three unaccountable, unsustainable development project proposals.
A diverse coalition is fighting to preserve open space and expand affordable housing in the face of several unaccountable development proposals.
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These projects would have collectively transformed Flushing Meadows Corona Park and the densely-populated surrounding neighborhoods of Corona, Flushing, and Elmhurst.They included:

  • The New York City Economic Development Corporation’s (NYCEDC) plans for a major revamping of
  • ...
Project Status: 
Active
Who's Working on this Project?: 
Elena Conte
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The Future of Industrial Brooklyn

Who's Working on this Research?: 
Paula Crespo

This report-out covers the key takeaways and salient points from two days of workshops and discussion about manufacturing in New York City, organized by five Brooklyn-based Community Development Corporations (CDCs) with technical assistance from Pratt Center. In April 2013, a diverse set of...

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Issue Area: 
Urban Manufacturing
Date: 
Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Brooklyn Navy Yard

In this report, Pratt Center presents a thorough investigation of the Brooklyn Navy Yard (BNY), a 300-acre city-owned industrial park and one of the fastest growing green manufacturing centers in the country.  The paper demonstrates that New York City’s strategy of retaining...

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Issue Area: 
Urban Manufacturing
Date: 
Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Transforming the Sheridan Corridor

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For decades, the Sheridan Expressway – a 1.25 mile remnant of the Robert Moses era – has severely impeded the quality of life in Hunts Point and the surrounding communities in the South Bronx.
A Bronx-based coalition is successfully leading the fight to transform the Sheridan Expressway and to create affordable housing and green open space where it used to be
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The Expressway restricts access to the revitalized Bronx River, new parks such as Concrete Plant Park and Starlight Park, and the South Bronx Greenway. It forces trucks to drive through neighborhood streets and cars to idle in traffic, harming pedestrians and restricting safe biking. Local...

Project Status: 
Active
Who's Working on this Project?: 
Elena Conte
Sydney Cespedes
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The Green Agenda For Jackson Heights

The Green Agenda is a plan crafted by the people of Jackson Heights to address their ecological, economic, and social concerns. From November to March 2010, Pratt Center helped facilitate a community visioning process, bringing together over 400 Jackson Heights residents to imagine a greener...

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Issue Area: 
Sustainable Community Development
Date: 
Monday, November 1, 2010

Community Board 9 Manhattan 197-a Plan

Community Board 9 Manhattan 197-a Plan, completed in 2007, is the compilation of work begun by the Community Board in 1998, and later revised and supported by the Office of Manhattan Borough President, a Columbia University Planning Studio, the New York City Council, the Harlem Community...

Research Type: 
Issue Area: 
Sustainable Community Development
Date: 
Monday, September 24, 2007

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