The Initative

Clean Heat, Clean Energy Campaign

West Harlem Environmental Action, Inc. (WE ACT for Environmental Justice) is a Northern Manhattan community-based organization whose mission is to build healthy communities by assuring that people of color and/or low-income participate meaningfully in the creation of sound and fair environmental health and protection policies and practices.

WE ACT for Environmental Justice is a community based organization that has been working in Northern Manhattan communities for the past 25 years. We are coordinating with the Mayor’s office to lead the Clean Heat, Clean Energy Campaign to assist 50-75 properties in Northern Manhattan that are still burning No. 6 or 4 oils with meeting their fuel conversion goals.We will connect them to energy financing and incentives to lessen the burden of the conversion process.

Fuel conversions are building improvements that reduce the use heating fuel, electricity and water. Fuel conversions can significantly reduce energy bills and make homes, neighborhoods, and cities more comfortable, and reduce greenhouse gas and other emissions. These fuel conversions are mandated by Local Law 43 and you have to stop using No. 6 oil by 2015.

We are also reaching out to 750 tenants by the spring of 2014 to do workshops on the link between energy and health, how to be more energy efficient within their apartments and save on their energy bills. We are connecting tenants to weatherization and energy efficiency programs.

NYC Energy Policies

Local Law 43
No. 6 oil will be eradicated by 2015 & No. 4 oil by 2030 or when the permit ends.
As of October 12, 2012, all NYC heating oil must include a 2% biodiesel blend. TAX CREDIT: 20 ¢/gal.
Reduces the allowable sulfur content of No. 4 heating oil by 50%, bringing it to 1,500 ppm.

LL85- NYC Energy Conservation Code

Buildings must meet the most current energy code for any renovation or alteration project. It is based on a series of local energy laws, collectively called New York City Energy Conservation Code (NYCECC).

LL 84- Energy Benchmarking

Large multifamily buildings need to track their air pollution. Studies have linked high asthma rates in buildings with low energy efficiency.

West Harlem Clean Heat Council

The West Harlem Clean Heat Council, is an advisory network of innovators and early adopters in the field of clean heat acting together to improve West Harlem’s air quality, health, and create environmental justice. This council is coordinated by WE ACT for Environmental Justice, committed to protecting the health of tenants by assisting landlords and property management companies in converting to cleaner heating fuel to improve substandard air quality and health conditions in Northern Manhattan. The council is comprised of individuals from the following organizations:

Columbia University
University of Pittsburgh
Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation
3333 Broadway Tenant Association
JP design Inc.
AQC Architect PC
Hunter College
Rand Engineering & Architecture
Green Jobs, Green New York
Office of Councilman Robert Jackson

Office of Councilwoman Inez E. Dickens

Office of Councilwoman Melissa Mark- Viverito

Office of Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez

Asian Americans for Equality
Boro Energy

Superintendent Technical Association

Full Spectrum NY
NY Oil Heating Association
Tenants and Neighbors


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