Frequently Asked Questions

Why does Community Environmental Center operate as a not-for-profit organization?

If Community Environmental Center is not-for-profit, do you offer services to the general public?

What types of buildings does Community Environmental Center work in?

Is there a fee for an energy audit?

Does CEC provide financing arrangements for services purchased?

Does CEC provide any guarantee for savings on energy costs?

Will the value of my home increase if I make it energy efficient?

Does Community Environmental Center provide green jobs training?

Does climate change really exist?

Q: Why does Community Environmental Center operate as a not-for-profit organization?

A:  Community Environmental Center was incorporated in 1994 as a 501(c)3 organization under the laws of New York State. The organization’s ultimate goal is to help the environment and the citizens of New York City by bringing energy efficiency to the city’s buildings. The primary goal of “for-profit” companies is to make money.


Q: If Community Environmental Center is not-for-profit, do you offer services to the general public?

A: Absolutely. We provide our energy-efficiency services to private individuals and companies as well as to government-supported projects and not-for-profit institutions. Some of our projects, such as those under the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) or Multifamily Performance Program, are either fully or partially subsidized, but others are not.


Q: What types of buildings does Community Environmental Center work in?

A: CEC works in new construction and existing buildings, and in all types of structures: stand-alone homes and apartment buildings; small businesses and high-rise office buildings; hospitals, community centers, houses of worship, libraries, and municipal buildings.


Q: Is there a fee for an energy audit?

A: CEC does charge a fee for an energy audit, because our audits are more comprehensive than the free audits many companies offer, and our crews are highly skilled. But the fee is discounted if you decide to proceed to energy-efficiency work on your home or building.


Q: Does CEC provide financing arrangements for services purchased?

A: CEC does not provide financing, but we will help you locate financing and incentives for your project.


Q: Does CEC provide any guarantee for savings on energy costs?

A:  We do not provide a savings guarantee, but we stand behind our work. Our years of experience and many well-served clients enable us to predict that a completely energy-efficient building will reduce the cost of energy by 18% to 55%.


Q: Will the value of my home increase if I make it energy efficient?

A: This is a question that is being discussed in the real estate industry across the country; there is no consensus at the moment. But CEC firmly believes that, just as a new roof adds years to the life of your house, energy-efficient insulation and energy-efficient heating and cooling systems add   longevity to your home and increase its value.


Q: Does Community Environmental Center provide green jobs training?

A: CEC does not, but if you are interested in learning green job skills, we recommend that you get in touch with our partner Solar One,a not-for-profit organization that specializes in education about the environment (we are their parent company): Contact Michael Johnson-Chase Michael@solar1.org.


Q: Does climate change really exist?

A:  Yes. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) affirms that human beings have caused what is called “an enhanced greenhouse effect,” which is affecting climate and weather as well as the chemistry and the levels of the oceans. But don’t take just our word for it. Check out the IPCC Web site for yourself! http://www.ipcc.ch/


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