The Green Maintenance for Religious Institutions series is designed for facility managers, operational directors, custodial staff, and building maintenance supervisors who are responsible for maintaining the efficiency and good working conditions of religious institutions.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Brooklyn Teen Challenge, 444 Clinton Avenue, Brooklyn NY
In 2009, the Pratt Center for Community Development and Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation teamed up to turn a stretch of Brooklyn's Herkimer street into a "model green block" for energy efficiency. Retrofit Bedford Stuyvesant used a block-by-block organizing model to compel property owners to take advantage of incentive programs and weatherize their homes.
The project provided incentives to homeowners to participate via free energy audits as well as visible upgrades to beautify the block in the form of street trees, graffiti removal, and improvements to the community garden. These projects were implemented by the NYC Justice Corps program of BSRC, which engages young people with criminal justice histories in job readiness, community-service learning, internships, and job placement.
Solar energy used for electricity is called solar electric or photovoltaic (PV).
Photovoltaic panels consist of photovoltaic cells that convert sunlight to electricity throughout the day. They do so by absorbing photons of light and converting those into electrons, which produces a direct current (DC) power.
Because all of our appliances use alternating current (AC) electricity, the electricity must be converted from DC to AC through a critical piece of equipment called an inverter.
In her 2010 State of the City Address, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced a new Council-led initiative to retrofit homes for energy efficiency, focusing efforts in targeted locations in all five boroughs. Speaker Quinn noted that the new program will be based on a project created by the Pratt Center for Community Development. The Council will be supporting the five retrofit sites with assistance to property owners in obtaining financing for improvements, including a new loan fund.
Building Hopeis a one-hour documentary chronicling the history and accomplishments of community development corporations across the nation, based on oral histories conducted with founders, leaders and supporters of 19 influential CDCs. Produced by the Pratt Center and Vanguard Films, Building Hope aired on PBS in 1994. See it here.