The History of CEC: Highlights Since 1994


Richard Cherry founds Community Environmental Center (CEC), a visionary not-for-profit organization

The first citywide not-for-profit to address the connection among environmental issues, inner city neighborhoods, and existing buildings. CEC soon becomes the largest provider of weatherization to low-income families under New York State’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP).


CEC broadens its focus to include environmental education

The New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC) designates CEC to maintain Stuyvesant Cove Park, newly constructed on a brownfield along the Manhattan bank of the East River between 18th and 23rd Streets, and to set up and run an environmental learning center there.

CEC is a leader in designing and coordinating the Assisted Multifamily Program (AMP) for NYSERDA. AMP lasts until 2006.


CEC expands its staff and becomes a major provider of state and city programs

CEC generates high efficiency specifications for the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and trains architects on their uses.


The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy recognizes AMP as an Exemplary Low-Income Energy Efficiency Program.


CEC is awarded $38 million of ARRA funds to bring weatherization to low-income homes and buildings in Brooklyn and Queens

CEC adds green jobs training to its programs.

CEC installs the first Solar Hot Water (SHW) systems to be placed in multifamily buildings in Brooklyn.


Cool Roofs

The Mayor’s Office of the City of New York selects CEC to organize and lead the city’s Cool Roofs Program. CEC will continue to organize the program in 2011 and 2012.

CEC is designated one of Crain’s Best Places to work in New York City.


CEC completes weatherization assignments for the federal stimulus program (ARRA)

From 1994 to 2011, CEC retrofitted 17,752 housing units through New York State’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). From 2010-11, through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), CEC brought weatherization to an additional 9,611 low-income families.

The federal Department of Energy selects CEC as an awardee of the Weatherization Innovation Pilot Program.

CEC heads the Energency Cooling Program in New York City. CEC’s initiatives include Community Based Outreach, Solar Hot Water (SHW) systems and Tenant Education.


Community Environmental Center’s EcoHouse

CEC designs and builds an environmental learning center on wheels, to travel around New york City to schools, museums, community centers and street fairs. Build It Green!NYC acquires a second location in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Solar One prepares to build Solar 2, an 8,000-square-foot green arts-and-education center in Manhattan.


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