A Farewell From CEC

Community Environmental Center (CEC) was the first citywide not-for-profit to address the connection among environmental issues, inner city neighborhoods, and existing buildings. Indeed, CEC believed the climate crisis to be the determining circumstance of our time and that addressing the environmental impact of energy use would be fundamental to our...



J-51 Tax Benefits and Energy Efficiency

What is a J-51 Tax Benefit? Recently, the New York City J-51 tax benefit came to my attention. Having never heard of the residential real estate benefit, I decided to dig deeper. While not its original intended benefit,  taking advantage of the J-51 program is an excellent way to offset...



NYC Sustainability in 2014 and Beyond!

Community Environmental Center recently wrote an open letter to the incoming de Blasio mayoral administration discussing how New York City can maintain its global leadership in urban and environmental sustainability. If you’re interested in actions that the new mayor can take to ensure a healthier New York for generations to...



Weatherization Day Follow-up!

On November 1st, 2013 Community Environmental Center and El Puente Bushwick Leadership Center hosted Weatherization Day. Joined by Greg Watson of New York State Housing and Community Renewal, Evelyn Cruz of Congresswoman Valazquez’s office, and Charvey Gonzalez of Senator Dilan’s office, the Bushwick community came together to celebrate the Weatherization...



°Cool Roofs Sets Records in 2013!

Community Environmental Center is proud to announce that at the end of the 2013 coating season, our °Cool Roofs team has administered the coating of 2,077,537 square feet of rooftops in New York City – more than double their goal of one million square feet for the year! Since 2009...



Weatherization Awareness Events! Fridays 10/25 and 11/1!

It’s that time of year again! The time when Community Environmental Center and Weatherization agencies across the country host events to show off what we’ve accomplished in the past year and spread the word about this valuable program. That’s right, it’s Weatherization Day! This year, CEC will be hosting two...