In conjunction with Earth week, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last week the completion of the environmental remediation on the 500th tax lot since his administration began in 2014. Remediating 500 properties during the past one and a half years has allowed NYC to achieve 75% of the OneNYC cleanup goal, 18 months ahead of schedule. New York City’s cleanup program is a commitment to combat pollution along with an effort to boost the economic vitality of disadvantaged neighborhoods. To date, 138 acres of land have been remediated, including the removal of over 300 underground storage tanks. Remediation is managed by the NYC Office of Environmental Remediation (OER) which operates the NYC Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP). The VCP is the only municipally-run environmental remediation program in the U.S. and OneNYC is Mayor de Blasio’s plan for a strong and just city. For more information on the OneNYC program milestone, please click here.
The NYC Public Housing Authority (NYCHA) has announced that it plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% over the next 10 years in its buildings. NYCHA manages 2,547 buildings which entails 178,000 apartments housing approximately 400,000 New Yorkers. Work is already underway to improve heating, hot water, interior and exterior lighting, and ventilation systems. For more information, please click here.
On April 10th, the New York State Legislature approved, as part of their 2017-2018 budget, a new clean water infrastructure bill that will provide $2.5 billion across the state. The funding will be used to update and replace old pipes and water mains in order to ensure clean drinking water. For more information, please click on the following links WIVB.com and Riverkeeper.org.
The Athenica Team proudly participated in New York Cares Day this past Saturday in commemoration of Earth Day. We volunteered in Cunningham Park in Queens and assisted in cleaning, planting, and painting in the park along with 80 other volunteers. We were proud to have 19 volunteers from Athenica and we raised approx. $1,500 for New York Cares, an organization that meets pressing community needs for NYC residents. It was a fun and fulfilling experience and we thank everyone for supporting this great cause.