Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE) has been recognized as a NeighborWorks Green Organization for its comprehensive commitment to sustainable operations. To achieve this designation, AAFE was required to demonstrate adherence to a set of green business practices across its operations and all of its program areas.
This is the second consecutive year that NeighborWorks America has recognized member organizations for their efforts to create healthier, energy-efficient environments for homeowners, renters, community residents, and employees. To date, 42 NeighborWorks organizations have achieved this designation.
AAFE, one of New York’s preeminent housing, social service and community development organizations, is committed to green practices. Within the organization’s multifamily portfolio, AAFE has completed a moderate rehab of a 24-unit building under Enterprise Community Partners’ Green Communities Criteria. In addition, AAFE has completed energy audits for 25 multifamily buildings and is in the process of retrofitting 11 multifamily buildings for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)’s Multifamily Performance Program.
“NeighborWorks America’s commitment to helping organizations like AAFE become more sustainable will ensure a greater quality of life for communities all across the country,” said AAFE Executive Director Chris Kui.
NeighborWorks America, which creates opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives and strengthen their communities, supports a network of more than 240 nonprofits, located in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
“AAFE is a leader in sustainable business practices, helping individuals and families become healthier with an improved quality of life,” said NeighborWorks America CEO Eileen M. Fitzgerald.
The NeighborWorks Green Organization designation is significant because it challenges organizations to be comprehensive in their efforts to be green. Collectively, these activities help reduce energy and water consumption and costs, create healthier living and working environments, and promote sustainable communities.
As for other green initiatives, AAFE partners with NYSERDA for its Green Jobs Green New York program which provides outreach to homeowners and building owners in Manhattan and Queens, promoting energy efficiency and workforce training for contractors and building operators to learn about green rehabilitation strategies and energy efficient operations. AAFE also partners with organizations like GrowNYC and the Lower East Side Ecology Center to educate tenants about recycling and other sustainability initiatives. AAFE is a member of the Sara D. Roosevelt Park Coalition and advocates for additional green and open space in the neighborhood.
Furthermore, AAFE’s Go Green Western Queen Project is focused on organizing youths and residents and educating the community on waste and energy conservation within specific neighborhoods in Queens. The organization also conducts regular outreach to local small business and restaurants to educate them about energy and water conservation.
For more information on the green designation, and to see the complete list of designees, click here.
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For nearly 35 years, NeighborWorks America has created opportunities for people to improve their lives and strengthen their communities by providing access to homeownership and to safe and affordable rental housing. In the last five years, NeighborWorks organizations have generated more than $19.5 billion in reinvestment in these communities. NeighborWorks America is the nation’s leading trainer of community development and affordable housing professionals.