Sustainable Small Business Greening Program on New York’s Lower East Side! While it is a small step in the scheme of big business New York, the new program from the Lower East Side Ecology Center is an important one. EcoBizNYC sends an important message to local small b’s: You are part of the solution for a greener America! Read on for more details:
EcoBizNYC, a program of the Lower East Side Ecology Center, helps small businesses reduce air pollution and environmental impacts while saving money in their day-to-day operations. The program provides small businesses with FREE environmental consulting and resources, including:
· Energy efficiency consultations and energy saving upgrades
· Sustainability evaluation of water, waste, procurement, and HVAC
· Customized sustainability recommendations
· Rating system acknowledging sustainability accomplishments
· Grant program to assist in reaching sustainability goals
Small storefront businesses located within Community Board 3 (Lower East Side) are invited to participate.
As part of a new grant program and environmental project, EcoBizNYC is setting out to transform local small businesses into lean green machines.
The program awards small monetary grants to businesses in the Lower East side that make eco friendly changes such as improved lightning, conservation of heat and water and other such improvements.
Once the participating businesses have implemented three out of 10 of the managers’ suggestions, they’re eligible to apply for an EcobizNYC grant of between $150 and $1,000. The ecology center has received $63,000 in funds from Con Edison and another $15,000 from H.S.B.C. Bank for the grant program since last fall.
Since working with EcobizNYC, the staff at B-side bar, on Ave. B. between 12th and 13th Sts., has installed compact flourescent light bulbs and made a habit of turning off the bar’s power supply when it’s closed. B-side’s owner Sivan Harlap has also lowered the venue’s electricity use by keeping the beer cooled on ice rather than refrigerating it.
Category: Sustainable Small-B