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Community Environmental Center employees win sustainability awards

April 18, 2011 (Queens, NY) — Community Environmental Center’s president, Richard Cherry, and CEC employees Ruby Carrasquillo and Irving Jackson, have won the inaugural Movement Builders Awards from New York Jobs with Justice and Urban Agenda, Mr. Cherry announced today.

The event, which highlights the merger of New York Jobs with Justice and Urban Agenda, will celebrate leaders from labor, community and business who have been “instrumental in building a movement for a more equitable economy, a more accountable democracy and a more sustainable environment for all New Yorkers.”

The awards will be presented April 29, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, in Manhattan.

“All of us at CEC are honored by this recognition,” said Richard Cherry, who founded CEC in 1994. “For a long time, those of us who worked in the energy efficiency field worked

Richard M. Cherry, president of Community Environmental Center

quietly, almost under the radar. But with the urgency of the climate crisis, there is public realization that we can help the environment by helping people use energy efficiently, which means they live more comfortably, safely and economically.”

Irving Jackson, award-winning weatherization technician

Irving Jackson, who hails from Trinidad and is known as “Massive” to his colleagues, has worked at CEC as a Weatherization Technician since 2005.

Indeed, Mr. Jackson (now a Brooklyn resident) brings all his carpentry and plumbing skills to CEC’s weatherization of homes and apartment buildings. “When I go do a job,” he says, “I approach it with a green idea. I know what to put in place to make the customer save money on energy and make my work even more durable and energy efficient. My greatest ‘payday’ is seeing how pleased and how appreciative homeowners are of what we do.”

Ruby Carrasquillo, a Bronx native who now lives in Brooklyn, received construction training from LIUNA (Laborers International Union of North America), NEW (Nontraditional Employment for Women) and CEC, where she has worked on a crew since 2009.

“When CEC trained us about weatherization,” says Ms. Carrasquillo, “I thought, ‘Wow, this is cool.’ What really caught me was when one of the guys took a block of cellulose insulation, put a penny on it and then turned on a torch. The penny turned to liquid. The insulation did not burn. A house with this insulation would not catch on fire, and the cellulose would save lives.”

Ruby Carrasquillo, award-winning weatherization technician at CEC

In addition to the employees of CEC, other awards recipients will be Michael Fishman, President of SEIU (Service Employees International Union) 32BJ, and Richard Winsten of Meyer, Suozzi, English and Klein.


For more information about CEC, please contact Alexis Greene, 718-784-1444, ext 156; agreene@CECenter.org

For more information about Movement Builders Awards 2011, please contact Joanne Derwin: joanne@urbanagenda.org








Alexis is the public relations coordinator at CEC.

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