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    • #1 INTRODUCING THE BRONX INITIATIVE FOR ENERGY & THE ENVIRONMENT A New Funding Program From BOEDC ronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion, moting a greener Bronx. In addition to Bronx Borough President B Jr. and the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (BOEDC) have established the Bronx Initiative for Energy and the Environment (BIEE) to fund pilot and demonstration projects pro- receiving funds for implementation costs, participating organizations will reap long- term energy savings from increased efficien- cy.Turn to page 4 in this insert to see how your organization can apply for funding Adolfo Carrion, Jr. Dear Business Leader, I am pleased to announce that at my request, BOEDC has established the Bronx Initiative for HAVE YOU SEEN Energy and the Environment (BIEE). This new and forward-looking initiative will address some THIS VEHICLE? hink Neighbor is a state-of-the-art, T of the serious environmental issues facing our borough. In the process, businesses will learn zero-emissions vehicle you may have how energy efficiency translates into opera- spotted on Bronx streets. Part of a tional savings. demonstration project by the Office Hands-on assistance to Bronx businesses of the Bronx Borough President, the vehi- will include energy audits to help companies cle helps heighten awareness of this envi- better assess their energy costs and potential ronmentally-friendly transportation savings; low-cost loans to help implement new option. The economical Think Neighbor is technology; retrofitting commercial and residen- part of a new class of “low-speed vehicles” tial boilers; jumpstarting the use of electric and which are well suited to local street speed hybrid vehicles; planting trees and creating limits and which are gaining in popularity green roofs. in communities across the country. Bronx businesses and residents alike share a love for our borough, and the BIEE programs will help us work together to become a more environmentally aware and progressive commu- “HIGH VOLUME LOW PRESSURE” SPRAY nity. Please take a moment to review the infor- mation contained here, then call to have a GUNS AVAILABLE TO AUTO BODY SHOPS BOEDC representative meet with you to cus- BOEDC has partnered with the if the auto body shop turns in an old gun tomize a program that works for your company. Department of Environmental Protection in exchange. Funds will be given directly to provide funding to Bronx auto body to Bronx auto body shops, based on I wish you continued success. shops to purchase “High Volume Low receipt and approval by the Department of Sincerely, Pressure” spray guns. Spray guns are a Environmental Protection (DEP). DEP’s Adolfo Carrión, Jr. significant pollutant of volatile organic Environmental Economic Development compounds (VOC) and particulate emis- Assistance Unit (EEDAU) will administer sions. The new spray guns use 25% less the program. The EEDAU is dedicated to Bronx Borough President paint and emit about 50% less particulates fostering cooperation towards our commu- than the conventional spray guns they nity’s twin goals of economic development replace. Using less paint per car reduces and environmental protection. supply costs for Bronx businesses. Businesses wishing to participate in the The program provides full reimburse- program should contact DEP EEDAU’s ment for new spray paint guns purchased Director, Rose Marabetti at (718) 595-4541.PRINTED ON 30% RECYCLED FIBER BIEE • 1
    • Ed BirdieINFORMATION FIRST STEP INENERGY EFFICIENCY UPGRADES nergy is one of our most important It will also give you the approximate After lighting, modifications to theE resources. And after payroll and employee benefits costs, it is also one of the biggest factors in business overhead expenses. Companies andorganizations can intelligently trim their cost of these measures and the energy sav- ings one could reasonably expect from them with today’s energy costs, adjusted for inflation. A survey might take a couple of days or perhaps longer depending on building envelope (new windows or roof), the interior (zoned heating/air condition- ing, ceiling fans) or perhaps upgrades to the HVAC system are usually areas where energy can be saved.energy costs in a number of different how much cooperation and time the com- It is never too late to begin the processways. pany doing the survey gets from the of saving energy. Call BOEDC today at There is an old saying that information organization interested in cutting its ener- (718)590-5262 and make an appointmentused wisely is money. In dealing with gy bills. to get your energy survey scheduled.energy use, this is also true. More to the BOEDC can put businesses in touchpoint, good information will allow you to with an organization that will do an ener- The author is a Communications Specialistsave money. So the first step to trimming gy survey at no cost to businesses, provid- with The New York Power Authority (NYPA), theyour energy bill is to have an energy sur- ed they are located in the Bronx. nation’s largest state-owned power organization.vey done of the work premises. Once the survey is completed, the next Through its statewide network of generating A survey gives an employer or building step is to decide which improvements will plants and transmission facilities, the Powerowner a basic idea of what types of incen- give the business and/or building owners Authority provides lower-cost electricity to job-tive programs, exterior and interior build- the biggest “bang for the buck.” Lighting producing industries, government agencies,ing modifications (windows, etc.), lighting system improvements are usually the best community-owned electric systems, privatefixture upgrades, and heating, ventilation way to cut energy costs because the sav- utilities for resale, without profit, to their cus-and air conditioning refurbishments are ings are substantial over time when com- tomers, and to neighboring states, under feder-available for the structure. pared to the cost of installation. al requirements.SAVE THROUGH THEENERGY $MART AUDIT PROGRAMFree Audits Available To BronxBusinesses For A Limited Time he Energy $mart Audit Program, For a limited time, Bronx businesses can Program. NYSERDA Energy $martsm LoanT sponsored by the New York State Energy & Research Development Authority (NYSERDA), is designed to assist facilities in reducing overheadcosts by identifying capital improvements take advantage of this program through the Free Bronx Energy Survey. The Free Bronx Energy Survey will cover the business’ share of the cost. By participating in the audit, customers Fund buys down 4.0% interest of an approved loan that focuses on implement- ing energy saving measures. In addition, the Smart Equipment Choices Program allows businesses to apply for financialwith immediate energy cost savings. receive expertise on how to cut energy incentives when purchasing and installingNYSERDA selected EME GROUP, a profes- costs and improve energy efficiency energy efficient equipment.sional engineering firm in NYC, to conduct through upgrading energy intensive equip- Please visit www.nyserda.org/energyau-low cost energy surveys for Bronx busi- ment. The list below is a sample of savings. dit.htm for more information or contactnesses. Funding opportunities for energy saving EME GROUP at 212-529-5969 with any The survey begins with a walk-through capital improvements exist through the questions or comments. Also, you can con-site visit to evaluate the customer’s facility NYSERDA Energy $martsm Loan Fund as tact Mark Gundrum, NYSERDA Projectand identify energy-saving capital well as the Smart Equipment Choices Manager at 518-862-1090 x3256.improvements. Funding opportunities Description Cost Savings Paybackfrom NYSERDA to offset implementation (Years)costs are also identified. The Energy $martAudit Program is available to small com- Upgrade HVAC System $15,000 $3,500 4.3mercial and industrial facilities and non-profit organizations that are Con Edison Upgrade Fluorescent Lighting $6,250 $3,451 1.8customers with an annual electric bill of$100,000 or less. Install High Efficiency Motors $3,000 $1,378 2.2 NYSERDA has offered this program forseveral years and requires that a business Install LED Exit Signs $400 $103 3.8pay half of the audit cost ($400 to $1200). Totals $24,650 $8432 2.92 • BIEE PRINTED ON 30% RECYCLED FIBER
    • GREEN ROOFS:The Next Urban FrontierO ver the past 200 years, the steady The Ford Motor Company’s River Rouge Planted Roof destruction of trees and green areas resulting from the growth of cities has resulted in “urban heat islands,” a phe-nomenon in which the air in cities on warmsummer days is 6-8 degrees hotter than insurrounding areas. Decreasing land spaceand concern for the health of its residentshas spurred New York City to join a smallgroup of municipalities which are exploringthe so-called fifth façade of buildings—theroof—for solutions. Through the creation of“green roofs”, which are planted with livingvegetation, nature is brought back into thecity environment. A green roof, or ecoroof, is a lightweight,low-maintenance vegetated roof systemused in place of a conventional roof. Greenroofs can work on most types of commer- the membrane from weathering. Green noise by 40 decibels in the building under-cial, multi-family and industrial structures, roofs also have significantly lower mainte- neath, a consideration used to justify theas well as single-family homes and garages, nance costs than a conventional roof; green roof planned for the new visitor audi-and they can be used for new construction • Creates market: Green roof technology torium at the Queens Botanical Gardenor to re-roof an existing building. Green utilizes recycled materials such as compost, near both of NYC’s major airports.roofs have increasingly become part of the mulch, soil and other ecoroof components, • Asthetic improvement: Green roofs pro-European landscape since the 1970’s. There increasing the market for these materials; vide visual relief to city residents, helpingare over 100 million sq. ft. of planted roofs • Job development: Use of green roofs to mitigate the stress and trauma of urbanin Europe today, with Germany leading the develops jobs in green roof installation, living. Studies have shown that patientsway with a 40-year history and a proven maintenance and supply. In Germany, recovering from illness or surgery healtrack record in installation, performance, 12,000 people are currently employed in the faster when their view is of plants versusand life cycle. Other places utilizing the green roof industry. brick walls or asphalt roofs.green roof technology are France, Canada Environmental Benefits Green Roof Costsand, in the U.S., Portland, OR, Seattle, WA, Green roofs also make our cities better There is a wide range of costs, dependingand Chicago, IL. The biggest green roof in places to live: on many factors. Installation of a greenthe world, covering 454,000 sq. ft. is the Ford • Air quality improvement: Green roofs roof costs from $10-$25 per sq. ft., whichMotor Company’s River Rouge Planted decrease air temperatures and reduce includes materials, labor and structuralRoof, completed in September 2002 and smog, thereby improving outside air quali- upgrades. A conventional roof installationpictured here. ty. ranges from $3 to $20 per sq. ft. As the Economic Benefits • Urban Heat Island: A study by green market develops, costs may decrease. Based on documented experience and Environment Canada indicates that Although green roofs initially cost morestudies, a green roof offers important eco- installing green roofs on only 6% of total than conventional roofs, they are competi-nomic benefits not found in conventional available roof space could reduce urban tive on a life-cycle basis because of reducedroofing: summer temperatures by 25%. Models for maintenance and replacement costs. The • Reduced energy costs: When the out- New York City calculate a similar decrease. typical lifespan for a green roof is about 40side air temperature reaches 95º F., rooftop • Stormwater management: In urban years, significantly longer than a conven-surface temperatures can be as high as 175º areas, 75% of rainwater can become surface tional roof.F. These temperatures impact not only the runoff, often carrying contamination andtemperature within the building, but also pollution into water goodies and open More Information:the amount of energy necessary to heat and water sources. Green roofs help alleviate You can visit the following websites forcool the building. Due to their superior this problem through natural absorption more information on green roofs:insulating properties, green roofs have and recycling of rainwater; they capture www.cleanrivers-pdx.orgbeen proven to reduce heating and cooling and evaporate 10-100% of the precipitation www.greengridroofs.comcosts by up to 25 and 50% respectively, for that falls on it. They lower the temperature BOEDC is exploring providing a greenthe floor directly below the roof. They also of stormwater runoff, helping to maintain roof for a manufacturer or multi-familysignificantly slow a building’s heat gain and the cool stream temperatures needed by building in the South Bronx. If you areloss fish. Green roofs also help prevent sewer interested in exploring this possibility, • Extended roof life: Green roofs last overflows caused by heavy rains. please contact Kate Shackford at (718) 590-twice as long as conventional roofs, saving • Noise abatement: This is a proven 7159.replacement costs and materials. This is green roof benefit and is especially effective Much of the above information was extracted frombecause the membranes are of good quality in areas near airports or industrial sites. “Rooftops: The Fifth Façade As Urban Frontier” by Karen S. Kaplan, Lehman College, The Cityand the plants and growth medium protect Extensive layers of vegetation can reduce University of New York, 2003.PRINTED ON 30% RECYCLED FIBER BIEE • 3
    • Bronx Initiative for Energy & the Environment Environmental 15, May 14 and September 15, 2004 Request for Proposals - Due March Grants Program The Bronx Initiative for Energy & the Environment (BIEE), a program of the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation, announces the establishment of the Environmental Grants Program. The Environmental Grants Program challenges non-profit organizations and small businesses to utilize new technologies to achieve energy efficiency and implement mitigation strategies in the Bronx. Up to $1.15 million in funding is available for eligible projects that increase energy efficiency and/or reduce pollution. Eligible projects include: weatherization technol- ogy; lighting upgrades; solar/wind technology; green building components; boiler retrofits; and new energy technology. Additional projects meeting program priorities will be considered. Priority will be given to projects that: • Result in the greatest pollution reduction or energy savings per program dollar; • Leverage private and public cost-sharing for project development; • Represent a planned approach to new technology use or development; • Offer unique and innovative partnerships and approaches to meeting critical needs and priorities. Eligible applicants: Non-profit organizations and small businesses operating in the Bronx. Proposal Format: Project Summary should not exceed 1 page, with the total project narrative not exceeding ten (10) pages. Five (5) copies must be clearly labeled and submitted to: Kate Shackford, Director Bronx Initiative for Energy and the Environment Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation 198 East 161st Street, Suite 201 Bronx, New York 10451 Proposal Deadline: Proposals will be reviewed on a quarterly basis and should be received by March 15, May 14, and September 15, 2004. Program questions can be directed to Kate Shackford at (718) 590-7159 or kate@boedc.org Bronx Environmental Revolving Loan Fund For-profit entities, which includes service, retail and manufacturing businesses operating in the Bronx; non-profit organizations located in the Bronx; and housing corporations are eligible to apply for loans under the BOEDC’s new Bronx Initiative for Energy & the Environment. Eligible Uses: Size of Loan: Minimum: $10,000; Maximum: $500,000 Implementation of energy efficient measures, including: Term of Loan: Up to 10 years, contingent upon amount of loan. • electric/alternative fuel machinery and equipment; Origination Fees: 2% based upon amount of loan. • boiler retrofit; Business Owner’s Equity Participation: 10% for existing businesses; • new technology to reduce air pollution and/or cause energy savings, e.g.: 25% for start-ups. > green roofs and other greening measures; Underlying Criteria: Clean credit history. > solar technology; Collateral: Will vary depending upon project. > wind technology; Guarantees: Principals, Corporations, etc. • customized energy survey. Fees: Application Fee: $250 (non-refundable). For more information, contact Kate Shackford at (718)590-7159 or email her at kate@boedc.org Bronx Initiative for Energy & the Environment Electric for Proposals - Due March 15, May 14Grants 15, 2004 Request Transportation and September Program The Bronx Initiative for Energy & the Environment (BIEE), a program of the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation, announces the establishment of the Electric Transportation Grants Program. The grants program challenges non-profit organizations and small businesses to utilize electric and electric hybrid technolo- gies to achieve energy efficiency and implement mitigation strategies in the Bronx. Up to $1.5 million in funding is available for eligible projects that increase energy efficiency and/or reduce emissions. Eligible projects include: all-electric or hybrid electric vehicles; electric forklifts; other electric equipment; and new electric transportation technology. Additional projects meeting program priorities will be consid- ered. Priority will be given to projects that: • Result in the greatest emissions reduction per program dollar; • Offset the greatest amount of petroleum fuel; • Leverage private and public cost-sharing for infrastructure development and vehicle acquisition; • Offer unique and innovative partnerships and approaches to meeting critical needs and priorities. Eligible applicants: Non-profit organizations and small businesses operating in the Bronx. Proposal Format: Project Summary should not exceed 1 page, with the total project narrative not exceeding ten (10) pages. Five (5) copies must be clearly labeled and submitted to: Kate Shackford, Director Bronx Initiative for Energy and the Environment Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation 198 East 161st Street, Suite 201 Bronx, New York 10451 Proposal Deadline: Proposals will be reviewed on a quarterly basis and should be received by March 15, May 14, and September 15, 2004. Program questions can be directed to Kate Shackford at (718) 590-7159 or kate@boedc.org4 • BIEE PRINTED ON 30% RECYCLED FIBER