Report

Community Energy-Efficiency Retrofit Programs: A National Survey

In the process of developing Retrofit NYC Block by Block, the Pratt Center reviewed the methods and accomplishments of eight community-based energy efficiency outreach programs outside of New York City.

Research Type: 
Issue Area: 
Energy Efficiency
Date: 
Monday, November 15, 2010

Retrofit Bedford Stuyvesant, Block by Block: 2009-2010 Summary Report

This report by Alexis Rourk Reyes assesses the results of the Retrofit Bedford-Stuyvesant Block by Block outreach and draws conclusions to inform the design of future community-based energy efficiency outreach programs.

Research Type: 
Issue Area: 
Energy Efficiency
Date: 
Monday, November 15, 2010

Distribution Challenges and Opportunities for NYC’s Small, Specialty Food & Beverage Manufacturers

Who's Working on this Research?: 
Jen Becker
Tanu Kumar

The Pratt Center for Community Development was commissioned by New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn to assess the major distribution challenges facing food and beverage manufacturers and identify strategic interventions the City could implement to better position the sector...

Research Type: 
Issue Area: 
Urban Manufacturing
Date: 
Friday, August 9, 2013

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...

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

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...

Research Type: 
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...

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

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...

Research Type: 
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...

Research Type: 
Issue Area: 
Urban Manufacturing
Date: 
Thursday, January 26, 2012

Sustainable Houses of Worship

This report documents the findings of a pilot project to assist churches in Bedford-Stuyvesant to conduct energy audits and retrofits. The project, funded by State Senator Velmanette Montgomery,demonstrated that assisting congregations to upgrade their buildings for energy efficiency, will not...

Research Type: 
Issue Area: 
Sustainable Community Development
Date: 
Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The Federal Role in Supporting Urban Manufacturing

This paper identifies opportunities for federal policy to support Small Urban Manufacturers (SUMs), and to do so within a thoughtful framework for urban development. The report presents an overview of America’s manufacturing today: decentralized networks of small, specialized firms, many...

Research Type: 
Issue Area: 
Urban Manufacturing
Date: 
Wednesday, April 6, 2011

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