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Made in the Bronx: Green Buildings, Green Jobs

November 14, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm


This community forum and discussion about “greening” Bronx residential buildings while creating a green local workforce and fighting for global climate justice is co-hosted by Bronx Climate Justice North and Manhattan College Center for Urban Resilience and Environmental Sustainability (CURES).

Climate change – caused largely by heat-trapping greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from fossil fuels (coal, oil, natural gas) – threatens our economy, infrastructure, public health, food & water, and NYC’s future. The year 2015 is on track to be the warmest on record.

Buildings account for close to 72% of U.S. electricity use, a significant percentage of GHGs, and contribute to high asthma rates in the Bronx. We need a rapid and just shift OFF fossil fuels and ON to a 100% renewable energy economy by 2030. Join us to learn how we can “green” our residential buildings. Our speakers will focus on the transition to renewables (solar, wind, geothermal), energy conservation, boiler conversions, and exciting initiatives in the Bronx to build a green, local workforce, and green housing for all.


Moderator: Dr. Yelda Hangun-Balkir: Director, Manhattan College Center for Urban Resilience and Environmental Sustainability (CURES)
Keynote Speaker: Ray Figueroa: President, NYC Community Garden Coalition
Lisa DiCaprio: Professor of Social Sciences, NYU
Chris Neidl: Director, Here Comes Solar, Solar One
John Reilly: Executive Director, Fordham Bedford Housing Corporation
Migdalia Taveras: Director, BEST Academy, Sustainable South Bronx

Co-sponsors [to date]: Bronx Climate Justice, South Bronx Unite, Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture, NW Bronx for Change, 350NYC, New York Solar Energy Society (NYSES), Sierra Club NYC, Save the Putnam Trail, NW Bronx Community & Clergy Coalition (NWBCCC), Bronx Council for Environmental Quality (BCEQ)

This event is free and open to the public. To learn more about BCJN, please go to our website at:

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Bronx Climate Justice North


Smith Auditorium, Manhattan College
4513 Manhattan College Parkway
Bronx, NY 10471 United States
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