April Forum: The Hit List - The Top Tips to Green NYC Buildings
Are you a homeowner, commercial property owner or property manager concerned with increasing energy costs?
Are you a contractor, architect, interior designer or real estate broker whose clients have asked about green buildings?
Do you plan to renovate, buy or develop a building?
Read The Top 10 Tips to make NYC Buildings Greener! Learn ways you could improve your building investments, prevent the loss of energy and money, and be environmentally conscious by constructing, renovating and maintaining green buildings!
Our panel discussed their top 10 tips to:
» reduce energy and water use; » improve occupant health, safety and comfort with non-toxic, reusable and recycled building materials; » prevent waste and pollution.
April Forum: The Hit List - The Top Tips to Green NYC Buildings
The Hit List: The Top Tips to Green NYC Buildings GreenHomeNYC April Forum
Green Homes NYC 4/18/12Dan’s Top Ten Energy Efficient things to do in your building. WEATHERIZATION WORKS
The Top Ten• 1. Air seal, common areas & apts.• 2. Tune up, upgrade or replace your Heating Plant.• 3. Modify or change how you make and deliver Domestic Hot Water.• 4. Fine tune or upgrade your Heating distribution system.• 5. Insulate your Heating and Domestic Hot Water pipes.• 6. Upgrade your lighting in the common areas and inside apts.• 7. Insulate your roof deck, roof cavity or wall cavity.• 8. Paint your roof white.• 9. Fine tune your mechanical ventilation system.• 10. Repair or replace windows.
Constant Air Regulators can be useful for mechanical ventilation systems.
New windows can improve comfort and reduce infiltration.
Top 10 Tips for Recycling & Waste Reduction for Green Home’s in NYC Presentation by: David Hirschler NYC Department of SanitationBureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse & Recycling April 17, 2011
DSNY Customers Largest municipal waste and recycling program in the world 8.3 million residents• Over 3 million households• 40 City agencies• 1,200 schools• 5,000 non-profit institutions
Role of Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse & Recycling• City’s curbside recycling program• Recycling public education & research• Composting facilities & education• Managing safe handling of harmful products• Implementing take-back laws• Supporting reuse in NYC• Waste prevention public education & programs
Top 10 Tips1. Recycle2. Recycle3. Recycle4. Recycle5. Reduce your waste6. Look for Reuse Options7. Take-it-Back NYC8. Harmful Household Products9. Compost10. Buy Recycled Products
Top 10 Tips Why 4 tips for recycling?• About 50% of all designated recyclables generated in NYC are being thrown in the trash, which means 624,000tons per year of designated recyclables are being thrown in the trash.• Strong markets exist for designated recyclables.• Infrastructure is in already in place to collect and process these materials.• The more recyclables we collect, the more efficient our truck routes are.
Non-Recyclable Paper* soft paper (napkins, tissues, paper towels) waxed or plastic- coated paper (candy wrappers, oatmeal & hot chocolate packets, take-out containers) soiled paper (containing lots of food residue, etc.) hardcover books * through NYC’s curbside recycling program
Recycle:beveragecartons, bottles, cans, metal &foilempty & rinse
Recycle: bulk metal Anything containing at least 50% metal. Place at the curb beside recycling bags or bins. Refrigerators & air conditioners must get chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) removed. Call 311 or make an appointment online.
Non-Recyclable Plastic*Any items other thanplastic bottles & jugs Deli & yogurt containers Plastic cups & straws Plastic utensils Styrofoam Plastic bags * through NYC’s curbside recycling program
Non-Recyclable Glass*Any items other thanglass bottles & jars Ceramics Glassware Light bulbs Mirrors Plate glass/windows * through NYC’s curbside recycling program
Top 10 Tips Recycle: Convenient Recycling AreasResidential building owners and landlords must:1. Designate and maintain an accessible recycling area.
Recycling Area Options in the chute room on every floor (convenient for residents) in the basement (less convenient for residents) Residents bring recyclables to an area outside the building.
Successful Recycling Area Components:1. Recycling information prominently displayed.2. Safe, clean, and well lit.3. Recycling containers emptied regularly, lined with clear bags, and appropriately labeled. (NEVER line a recycling bin with a black bag.)4. Recycling bins next to garbage bins (reduces contamination).
Top 10 Tips Recycle: Educate TenantsResidential building owners and landlords must:2. Post signs explaining what and how to recycle.3. Notify tenants about recycling requirements.
Join the NYC Apartment Building Recycling InitiativePromote and improve recyclingin NYC apartment buildings through hands-oneducation and cooperation among andbetween the NYC Department of Sanitation buildingresidents building staff, and property managers nyc.gov/wasteless/abr
Additional Educational Options• Order educational materials for your building (call 311 or use online order form at nyc.gov/wasteless.)• provide recycling education once a year.• Make sure new residents receive a welcome kit that includes recycling info.• Table in the lobby or outside the building.• Start a bulletin board, newsletter, or blog.• Set up a recycling committee.• Require a recycling lease rider
Top 10 Tips Recycle: Correctly Set Out RecyclablesResidential building owners and landlords must:4. Store recyclables until designated recycling collection day.5. Set out recyclables for Sanitation collection in either clear bags or labeled recycling bins.
Residential Recycling in NYCThe NYC Department of Sanitation collectsrecyclable materials in either: CLEAR bags or Recycling bins labeled with a green or blue decal. Bulk Metal should be placed at the curb beside recycling bags or bins. To find out your recycling day, call 311 or use the collection schedule feature on www.nyc.gov/sanitation.
Waste Prevention TipsVisit www.nyc.gov/wasteless for Waste Prevention tips athome, while shopping &at work
Waste Prevention Tips• Buy durable products instead of single use products• Buy products with less packaging• Visit these sites to stop getting these various types of junk mail: o advertisements: dmachoice.org o catalogs: catalogchoice.org o credit card and insurance offers: optoutprescreen.com o phone books: yellowpagesoptout.com
re-fashioNYC• Free convenient service in your building.• 100% of your donations go to charitable causes: Tax receipts available on site.• Reduce the amount of waste your building generates and help those in need. nyc.gov/refashion
NYC Stuff Exchange: Website & AppUse this free online tool tofind out where todonate, buy, or sellgently used goods inNYC. Around 700 listings of donation organizations and outlets. Searchable by zip code, borough, or citywide. Calendar for donation drives, swap meets, rummage sales. nyc.gov/stuffexchange
Take-It-Back NYC: electronic equipment• Electronics manufacturers are required by NY state law to establish electronics recycling programs which are free and convenient for residents.• Wireless Providers are required by NY state law to accept cell phones at their retail locations.• Manufacturer programs include: • Retail collections at Best Buy, Goodwill, & Salvation Army • Mail back programs • Community Events • Working with DSNY at upcoming SAFE Disposal Events nyc.gov/wasteless/electronics
Take-It-Back NYC: rechargeable batteries• Battery Manufacturers are required under NY State law to establish a program to accept rechargeable batteries. Retailers are required to accept them at no cost.• Return them to any NYS store that sells rechargeable batteries or products that contain rechargeable batteries (with the exception of small food stores).• It is illegal for NYC residents to discard rechargeable batteries in the trash (or in residential recycling containers). nyc.gov/wasteless/takeback
Take-It-Back NYC: plastic bags• Plastic bags comprise about 2.87% of NYC’s residential waste stream.• Bags can be dropped off at large retail locations that provide plastic bags.• Retailers often accept newspaper bags, dry cleaner bags, and other film as well. nyc.gov/wasteless/plasticbags
Take-It-Back NYC: additional mandatory take back programs• Auto supply stores are required to accept tires, motor oil, and auto batteries• Hospitals are required to accept used sharps• Grocers are required to accept deposit bottles nyc.gov/wasteless/takeback
Take-It-Back NYC: voluntary take back programs• CFL’s at Ikea, Home Depot and other stores• Mercury thermostats at wholesalers and contractors• Ink & Laser cartridges at office supply stores or directly to manufacturers• Unwanted pharmaceuticals at pharmacies (mailback envelopes for sale)• Yogurt containers and other #5 plastics at Whole Foods and other retailers nyc.gov/wasteless/takeback
Spring 2012 NYC SAFE Disposal Events (Solvents, Automotive, Flammable, Electronics)• NYC Department of Sanitation holding 5 SAFE disposal events this spring (one in each borough) to provide NYC residents with a one-stop method to get rid of potentially harmful household products.• April 22 - May 19, 2012• All NYC residents receiving a mailer. nyc.gov/safediposal
Household Special Waste Drop-off sites• Each borough has a Special Waste Drop-off site.• NYC residents (must show proof of residency) can bring: latex paint household and automotive batteries vehicle fluids and filters fluorescent bulbs (including CFLs) mercury-filled thermometers & thermostats• Sites are open Saturdays from 10 am to 5 pm, except the last weekend each month, open Fridays instead. nyc.gov/wasteless/specialwaste
NYC Compost Project Compost outreach and free workshops on indoor and outdoor composting to residents and businesses. Worm composting workshops designed to help teachers integrate natural science and recycling into the classroom. Funded by DSNY, programs run by staff at the City’s four Botanical Gardens and Lower East Side Ecology Center
NYC Compost Project Community FoodWaste Drop-Off Sites Sites located throughout the City that voluntarily accept food waste
Top 10 Tips Buy Recycled Products• Help recycling markets stay strong• Quality has improved dramatically
8. PAPER AND PURCHASING “This piece was produced carbon-neutral on paper with 30% post-consumer waste using vegetable-based inks.” Double-side printing on a multi-functional scanner/ printer/ copier.79
9. WOOD VS UF-Free CARB Phase II International woods80
10. LET PEOPLE KNOW (and audit) “We appreciate our collective dependence on the natural environment and the health and availability of its resources, and as such we are using our size, capability and influence to promote sustainable development, environmentally conscious corporate practices and green living.” -Related, Sustainability Vision 81This presentation was made for educational purposes.