Because of a history of toxic and extractive development, the Bronx is the poorest urban county in the nation, with children twice as likely to be hospitalized because of asthma compared to other U.S. children. To fight back, NWBCCC is building a healthier, more sustainable Bronx through the development of a new energy economy that is renewable, efficient, affordable, and local. Plus, our leaders are pushing for policies and creating projects that enable community ownership of clean energy generation and that prepare our workforce for local, high road, green jobs.
The Bronx Healthy Buildings Program is a cross-sector initiative that promotes holistic community health by addressing the upstream causes of asthma-related emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and missed school or work days.
Healthy Buildings provides physical repairs and upgrades to multifamily buildings in the North and Central Bronx. The program works with tenants to identify needed upgrades, offer a variety of training and education opportunities, and provide home-based asthma intervention support through Community Health Workers. Our holistic approach eliminates asthma triggers and poor conditions in the home, reduces energy costs and greenhouse gases in Bronx buildings, and invests in high road jobs and community-based contractors.
Critical to the success of this multi-sector model are our program partners, which include Montefiore Medical Center, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Bronx Cooperative Development Initiative, Emerald Cities Collaborative, a.i.r. Bronx, Councilman Ritchie Torres, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, and others.
Energy Democracy Alliance
As a member of Energy Democracy Alliance, we advance a just and participatory transition to a resilient, localized, and democratically controlled clean energy economy in New York State. Through New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) proceeding, a state overhaul of energy policy and renewable energy funding, we hold regulators, political leaders, and energy companies accountable to ensure that the benefits of our energy system flow to all New Yorkers, especially poor, working class people, and communities of color.
New York RENEWS
With New York RENEWS, we are building statewide power with over 130 organizations to achieve 100% clean, renewable energy in New York State by 2050 while protecting workers and uplifting the community. When passed, our Climate and Community Protection Act will cut greenhouse gas emissions while ensuring labor protections and reinvesting in low-income communities of color. We also advocate for legislation that will put a price on greenhouse gas emissions so that large oil and gas corporations are penalized for the damage they do to our environment and fund our transition to a clean energy economy that invests in low-income communities of color.
Key Accomplishments in Energy Democracy
In 2015, we were awarded the prestigious BUILD Health Challenge grant to support the piloting of our Healthy Buildings Program.
In 2013, as part of the Community Benefits Agreement for the redevelopment of the Kingsbridge Armory, we negotiated a comprehensive Green Action Plan to maximize the project’s ecological and economic benefit to our local community.