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L-R: Luis Garden-Acosta (El Puente), Colvin Grannum (Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation), City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Seema Agnani (Chhaya CDC), Alfred Gill (NHS of Staten Island), Adam Friedman (Pratt Center), and Annette Williams (Sustainable South Bronx).New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn joined the Pratt Center for Community Development, Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, and other partners on November 16 in the front yard of Theresa Braithwaite's Hancock Street house to inaugurate Retrofit NYC Block by Block, a new initiative to get New Yorkers to reduce their energy use through smart investments in their homes.

The New York City Council is sponsoring a one-year program that calls on community development groups in Staten Island, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Queens to enlist property owners in their neighborhoods to undertake retrofits, with the help of incentive programs from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, utility company programs, and federal grants and tax credits.

“This is a great initiative that I’m proud to support,” said Speaker Quinn, “and I want to thank Pratt Center for Community Development and all the neighborhood partners for making our City ‘green’—one home at a time.”

Pratt Center Director Adam Friedman added, “We're so grateful to Speaker Quinn for her commitment to green our communities and build a sustainable future for the whole city."

Photo: Diana Pau

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February 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAttic Ventilation

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