Educational Alliance is committed to making our community centers and the neighborhoods we belong to more sustainable.
The 14th Street Y has its very own green team, composed of staff from various departments, who meet regularly to find ways to make the Y greener. The Y began composting in its building in 2012. A year later, we launched a community composting pilot program, collecting over 2000 pounds of compost from over 150 households by Earth Day. The Y also participates in the Jewish Greening Fellowship, a program of the Isabella Jewish Retreat Center. This program, funded by the UJA- Federation of New York, provides training to 20 Jewish community centers and camps about greening their facilities, operations, and programming. The Y has also teamed up with Solar One, New York City’s first green energy, arts, and education center to go public with its process of going green. Solar One has been documenting our greening process on its blog, capturing construction, financing, and much more.
The 14th Street Y is part of Tuv Ha’Aretz (good for the land/the best of the land), Hazon’s CSA.
And that’s not all were doing.
The Manny Cantor Center is a fully renovated, environmentally friendly, multi-purpose building. It was designed with an eco-conscious plan in mind. MCC was recently LEED-certified due to its reuse of the original building, thermally efficient windows, energy efficient insulation, controllable lighting and occupancy centers, efficient mechanical system, and use of natural light. LEED certification is an internationally recognized hallmark of excellence and commitment to greening.
The Sirovich Center is also involved in greening efforts, and the Green Team is hard at work there. Sirovich Center is working with Wearable Collections as a clothing recycling site and is also teaming up with RWA Resource Recovery to convert wasted cooking oil into biofuel. We have also partnered with Bostwick Farm to create a hydroponic garden.