Greening A Block An urban showcase of energy efficiency, pollution reduction, job development and community sustainability.
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August 27, 2008: Sadly no Updates for Two Years
There is still hope that we'll be able to work with the community board to get the project off the ground this fall...

June 27, 2006: Greening A Block Receives Support of CB3!
Community Board 3 voted unanimously (31-0 with 5 abstentions) to support Greening A Block as outlined in the latest Implementation Plan.  With the support of Con Ed, the Department of Public Service and the City of New York, we will be able to get started!


Greening A Block is a project to develop and showcase community-scale sustainability, energy efficiency and renewable energy on Manhattan’s Lower East Side near the Con Ed 14th Street power plant. The result will be more affordable energy, improved air quality, good jobs and economic development that strengthens the community and sustains our environment.

Using environmental mitigation funds from Manhattan Community Board #3’s settlement with Con Edison over the East River (14th Street) Plant expansion, the project will:

  1. install state-of-the-art energy-efficiency measures in most buildings on an ordinary city block south of the plant;
  2. upgrade heating, hot water and electricity efficiency in the Haven Plaza complex immediately south of the plant;
  3. help residents, property owners and businesses throughout the neighborhood gain access to energy efficiency programs offered by state and federal agencies.

The first element above, involving a “model block,” is fully described in our Feasibility Study. Elements 2 and 3 are new additions, based on comments from community members at our March 6 Forum and at the March 15 and April 10 meetings of CB3’s Con Edison Advisory Committee. See the Implementation Plan for further information.

The Con Edison Advisory Committee of Community Board 3 has voted unanimously to support an internal recommendation to the Public Safety Committee to support Greening A Block and the allocation of Con Ed funds to finance Phase I of the project as outlined in the latest Implementation Plan. You may write letters of support for the project to


Greening A Block was at the Sallan Foundation's NYC High Performance Buildings Forum at the Municipal Arts Society on September 29, 2005. Read more about it here.

REPORT from the Community Forum, Thursday July 21, 2005. Read more about it here.


Note: “Energy Target Zones” are established by an agreement with the local NYSERDA Energy $mart Communities representative. Buildings within Energy Target Zones are eligible for certain additional state financial incentives for energy efficiency improvements. However, this only covers a small portion of the cost. The Energy Target Zone we propose to create is special in that it will have money from the settlement fund to comprehensively cover every participating building on the selected block.

2006, Greening A Block