Green Housing

Organizations, Providers, and Other Resources

Bronx Health Link

Bronx Health Link provides information and resources about health concerns, as well as a newsletter that discusses health news and events.

Build It Green

With locations in Queens and Brooklyn, this non-profit has salvaged building materials for sale.

Community Environmental Center

Based in Long Island City, CEC is a non-profit group that helps homeowners meet LEED standards.

Con Edison

Under the "Energy Efficiency" section, there is information on how residential properties, small businesses and multi-family buildings can save energy and take advantage of incentives to reduce energy consumption.

Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports maintains a web site that assesses the environmental soundness of various products.

The Daily Green

The consumer's guide to "green", sponsored by Good Housekeeping, contains information on living a greener lifestyle.

Delos Living

Delos partnered with doctors from Columbia University Medical Center to evaluate the current state of research in the areas of indoor environmental quality, levels of exposure to the urban environment, behavioral psychology, integrative approaches to healthcare and lifestyle effects on health and wellbeing. These findings were organized into 12 health domains that could be impacted by building design and features. From this, a list of requirements for building construction that supports health and wellness will be known as the WELL Building Standard.

Eco Broker

Eco Broker is a green designation for real estate professionals.  There is a searchable database for professionals with the Eco Broker certification.

Environmental Health News

Published by Environmental Health Sciences, receive a daily compilation of relevant news by signing-up for their listserv.

Environmental Working Group

EWG is a non-profit research organization with guides on pesticides, sunscreens, cosmetics, healthy cleaning, consumer products, and a database on farm subsidies. They also publish the fruits and vegetables highest and lowest in pesticides (Dirty Dozen and Clean 15).

Get Healthy Harlem

Get Healthy Harlem provides weekly health tips, as well as information about Harlem events and locations pertaining to health concerns.

Grace Communications Foundation

This foundation is committed to increasing public awareness of the relationships among food, water and energy systems, while educating consumers and advocating for more environmentally aware policies. They produce the Eat Well Guide, which helps you find locally grown food and sustainably produced food near you.  www.eatwellguide.org  Additionally, they produce Sustainable Table, which provides information on sustainable food, water and energy.  www.sustainabletable.org

Green America

Green America empowers individuals to make purchasing and investing choices that promote social justice and environmental sustainability by providing information on specific businesses and their products. They produce the National Green Pages, a directory of green businesses. 

Green Building Resource Guide

The Green Building Resource Guide is a database of over 600 green building materials and products.

Green Home NYC

Green Home NYC is a great source for information on green building construction and tax incentives. The Green Home NYC's House Calls Program targets coop and condo boards in order to familiarize them with green building concepts by providing instructive case studies, conducting energy benchmarking, describing a green building philosophy and connecting them to local NYC resources.

Green Depot

Green Depot is a retail store that sells building products for the kitchen, bathroom, flooring, paints, insulation, adhesives, plumbing, lumber, weatherization, heating and cooling.

Store locations in New York City are 222 Bowery in Manhattan and 1 Ivy Hill Road in Brooklyn

Green Roofs

Green Roofs provides information and education, as well as organizing conferences, for the consumer and green roof professional. 

A green roof is a system of soil and plants on top of a roof.  It adds insulation to keep buildings cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, lowers urban heat, contains storm water run-off, lowers energy consumption, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. 

Grow NYC

Grow NYC provides information about, and the locations of, greenmarkets in New York City. Additionally, Grow NYC has a Green Infrastructure Toolkit that is designed to educate homeowners, community gardeners and others interested in storm water management techniques. These techniques can help minimize the effects of rainfall on water bodies in cities that have combined sewers and other places that experience flooding and storm water problems. Some sustainable techniques outlined in the toolkit are rainwater harvesting, bioswales, rain gardens, downspout planters, green roofs, permeable paving, and enhanced tree pits.

Healthy Child, Healthy World

Information is provided on ways to reduce exposure to harmful toxins.

The Institute for Sustainable Cities / CUNY

The CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities (CISC) works to realize cities as part of the solution to global sustainability challenges. By merging the science of sustainability with innovative public programming, they examine opportunities available to cities and their residents for proactive responses to on-going environmental change.

Just Food

Just Food is a resource for finding a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) network near you.

Mother Earth Living Magazine

The magazine's topics encompass choosing natural remedies and practicing preventive medicine, cooking with a whole food focus, creating a non-toxic home, and gardening.

National Association of Home Builders

The NAHB has instituted a National Green Building Program that provides homeowners with more efficient and durable new and remodeled homes, as well as providing a database of builders and remodelers.

National Association of Realtors - Green Designation

NAR's Green Designation provides advanced training in green building and sustainable business practices for real estate agents and property managers.

National Geographic's Green Guide

National Geographic provides information on home insulation, green bathrooms, plastics, sustainable food and buying guides on a variety of products from air conditioners to water heaters.

National Resources Defense Council

NRDC provides information on environmental concerns, along with helpful fact sheets.

Northeast Sustainable Energy Association

NESEA is an association for professionals in the sustainable energy business.  The website provides information on conferences, open house tours, and a searchable database of green professionals.

Renewable Energy Long Island

Renewable Energy Long Island promotes clean, sustainable energy use and generation for Long Island. They conduct outreach and education activities and provide consumer-friendly informational resources such as its SunshineIsFree.org solar calculator and contractor locator, as well as publishing the Long Island Green Guide in print and as an online edition with a green business directory.

Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families

The Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition represents more than 11 million individuals and includes parents, health professionals, advocates for people with learning and developmental disabilities, reproductive health advocates, environmentalists and businesses from across the nation. The coalition is united by their common concern about toxic chemicals in our homes, places of work, and products we use every day.

Stormwater Infrastructure Matters

S.W.I.M. is a coalition dedicated to ensuring swimmable waters around New York City through natural, sustainable stormwater management practices in our neighborhoods.

Sustainable South Bronx (SSBx)

SSBx is a non-profit located in the South Bronx that addresses current environmental issues through educational programs and green roof installation assistance.

Urban Green Council

Urban Green Council is the New York Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council.

U.S. Green Building Council

USGBC sponsors the LEED (Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design) green building program, educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Green Build International Conference & Expo, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. They also publish the Green Home Guide.

LEED is a voluntary, consensus-based, market­-driven program that provides third-party verification of green buildings. LEED certification for buildings is a point-based system that is rated Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum. Search for LEED certified organizations, projects and professionals (architects, engineers and contractors).  

WE ACT for Environmental Justice

Provides updates on the environmental justice movement and advocacy taking place in New York City.

 

Sources

Priven, Joshua. This Green House. New York: Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2009. 

Allen, Stewart Lee. Newcomer's Handbook for New York City. Portland, OR: First Books, 2009. 

The Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health, http://ccceh.org