Thank you. Particular thanks to my good friend Cecilia for inviting me. I’ve learned a tremendous amount from her and colleagues including Karen Chapple and Madeline Janis, as well as Dan Swiney who was a founding member of one of the NYIRN, an organization I used to run. Start by rebelling against the framing. Morning’s comments from Gov. I’m 53, and except for maybe some years at the beginning of my career, I’ve never known “not lean times.” Past 3 days, another conference - groups from around the country talk about the urgency of creating jobs. While California is unique in some ways, it too is victim to 30+ years of prolonged disinvestment nationwide. We’re in a recession because of inadequate regulatory oversight and because our basic underlying competitiveness is going down. Both those things are the result of demonizing government. Well, in a democracy, we are the government. Can’t go New Deal, but we do need to push back and say, you want to have good schools, you’ve got to spend money. You want to have highways, you’ve got to spend money. You want to save planet, you got to spend some money. Programs have to be effective, can’t waste money, but we do need to start re-investing.
History – Launched 40 years ago, NYC was burning. Created non-profit architecture practice inside Grad School of Architecture to help communities rebuild their housing and their communal lives. For the students, offer service learning. SWOT Shift in community concerns and needs. People were more concerned about global warming and job creation then Pratt’s traditional issues. Not just a function of the economy but long term change. Shift also based on our own analysis of challenges and opportunities: The investment we need to make to transition to a low-carbon economy creates the opportunities for new business and job creation. On the other hand, if low-income communities don’t participate in weatherization and the transition to clean renewable energy, if they remain stuck in the existing system, they will be both energy hogs and exporters of wealth to buy energy, and entire society will be poorer and dirtier.
How to leverage resources of a university Pre-copernian theory of university. University revolves around PC.
Last Program is BBB – weatherization of low income communities Weatherization was a core strategy in the whole green job movement, Those job projections and expectations have not materialized. Problem of scale. BBB is our strategy for addressing this by leveraging community networks.
Small survey, working on increasing sample. Message we need to take to manufacturers.
Now working on a study of BNY to determine not only its economic impact, but lessons learned – What were key elements in its success? And is it replicable? Doing a national scan looking at other municipally owned manufacturing areas: Lessons Learned: There have a three part strategy: Stability – not converting, therefore safe for mfg to invest; Create a cultural reinforces sustainable practice. Make it the norm; and Make it easy – infrastructure and TA such as waste recycling.
Presentation to surdna 01.18.12
Building Sustainable EconomiesPresentation to the Surdna Foundation January 18, 2012
2Mission:The Pratt Center for Community Development works for amore just, equitable and sustainable city. SWOT Analysis and Strategy: Emerging community concerns Sustainable Neighborhoods Green Manufacturing Create new models for development in low- income communities Translate service experience into policy Leverage university resources for low- income communities
How: Pratt Institute Resources School of Architecture School of Art and Design3 City and Center For Sustainable Design Communications Regional Planning And Design Fellows, studios, research and advocacy Branding and advertising Retrofit Food For Design Block by Management New York Block Environmental Business and Systems Mgt Process Planning Sustainable business Pratt Center Programs practices and policies Fine Arts Green Local Bus Rapid Community Outreach Sourcing Transit And Education Facilities Management Industrial Design Develop, track and evaluate Incubator for Sustainable conservation measures Innovation and Business Product and process development
Retrofit Block By Block4 Goal: Create a replicable model for bringing residential retrofits to scale Strategy: Leverage social networks Focus on clusters of similar buildings Gather and utilize data Status: Over 500 homeowners enrolled in retrofit programs in less than a year Next Steps: Aggregate retrofits Streamline audits On-bill finance TA Further develop retrofit tracking system
Bus Rapid Transit5 Goal: Prioritize Transportation Improvements that Link Working-Class Neighborhoods and Workplaces Strategy: COMMUTE! Bus Rapid Transit Campaign Milestone: NYC DOT Planning for a Citywide BRT network Current Projects Nostrand Avenue Merchants / B44 Next Steps Work to ensure that ‘next phase BRT’ prioritizes underserved communities and engages them in planning
Green Manufacturing: A Growth Strategy6 Q. Do you market your company as green or environmentally sustainable? Yes No Q. Which of the following reflects Growing 52% 20% your company’s revenues over The Same 17% 20% the past 12 months? Declining 23% 60%
Green Local Sourcing7 School Construction Authority Pilot $700m in school retrofits/ 10 years Partnership with SCA and Deputy Mayor to maximize economic impact and lower carbon footprint by targeting local manufacturers Services include: Sourcing assistance to ESCOs Marketing assistance to manufacturers Working with government to strengthen and codify local sourcing
8Goals: Creating A New Food Chain• Strengthen healthy food sourcing from upstate to local manufacturers, vendors and retailers• Integrate healthy food vending into commercial revitalization plansProjects• Farm to Factory and Farm to Bakery Projects• Commercial Revitalization• Measuring local food carbon footprint
Brooklyn Navy Yard Report: Update9 • Completed 187 surveys of BNY tenants and over a dozen interviews with BNY Board members and other stakeholders (e.g councilmembers, Brooklyn BP office) • Currently conducting survey analysis and running economic impact models • Review of BNY Board Books and rent rolls to garner better understanding of tenant mix over time • Analysis on current national manufacturing policy trends • Analysis on current manufacturing employment trends • Outreach and research on manufacturing policies and opportunities in other US cities (e.g. Detroit, San Fransisco, Cleveland, Memphis, LA, etc
Urban Manufacturing Alliance10 Goal: Grow urban manufacturing sector Strategy: Collaborate and coordinate with several U.S. cities to share best practices and advocate for national policy Launching UMA Partnership with SFMade Develop strategic toolkits Build communities of practice Develop 3-5 year plan
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