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Stories about climate change are understandably gloomy and can make small lifestyle changes seem futile. In fact, every small change helps. From affordable interventions like composting to more ambitious endeavors like going solar, there are many ways renters, homeowners, and shareholders can help mitigate the effects of climate change.

Composting Programs



Whether you’re a renter, shareholder, or homeowner, it is in your power to start composting. On the climate front, the main advantage of composting is that the practice diverts organic materials away from landfills. This in turn reduces the production of potent greenhouse gases. Composted materials can also be used to mitigate the effects of climate change by preventing erosion (e.g., during extreme storms) and retaining water during droughts.

The NYC Compost Project, which is run by the NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY), was launched in 1993. While the program was temporarily put on pause due to the Covid-19 crisis, in September 2020, the city announced plans to partially restart the program. If you don’t already have a program in your community, you can fill out this form to request a city-sponsored bin program be set up in your neighborhood.

Water Reduction Initiatives



Everyone loves a long shower, but when it comes to fighting climate change, these long showers are sadly part of the problem. Not only are you using excess water, but the energy it takes to pump and heat the water for your shower also leads to increased greenhouse gas emissions. Given that the average American uses 25,300 gallons of water a year, imagine how much good you could do by simply cutting your daily shower down by a minute or two. If you’re a homeowner, you can do more than cut those hot, long showers short by also purchasing appliances and fixtures, including showerheads, that carry the WaterSense label. Products carrying the WaterSense label have been engineered to lower your water consumption.

Solar Energy Projects



One of the best ways to fight climate change is by shifting to a clean energy source, such as solar. Solar power not only reduces one’s reliance on fossil fuels, such as oil and gas but also limits greenhouse gas emissions and radically reduces one’s carbon footprint.

When Cabrini Terrace, a coop in Washington Heights, installed solar panels in 2007, the coop was a pioneer. Within two years, another Washington Heights coop, The River Arts—inspired in part by their uptown neighbor’s success—also installed solar panels. Over a decade later, with growing data that investing in solar can yield a great return, the solar trend is now well underway. In 2019, Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village completed the installation of solar panels, making it home to the largest residential solar project in the United States. There are now plans to bring solar to other large residential communities in NYC, including Co-op City in the Bronx.

While co-ops and condos that adopt solar tend to garner the most attention, individual homeowners in New York City also continue to warm to the idea of harnessing the sun’s energy. The good news is that whatever the size of your solar projects, the city provides tax abatements to property owners who install solar electric-generating systems. Of course, solar does require access to the sun. To discover whether your home, coop, or condo is a good candidate for solar panels, type your address into the NY Solar Map.
The Solaire has photovoltaic panels embedded into its facade

Cool Roof and Green Roof Installation



NYC is home to millions of square feet of rooftop. While not every rooftop is an ideal candidate for solar panels due to the shadows cast by nearby buildings, nearly all rooftops are good candidates for either a cool roof or green roof, which are both associated with reduced energy consumption, lower greenhouse gas emissions, and lower carbon footprints.

A cool roof is a highly reflective surface, usually a white surface, that is designed to release heat quickly. While a relatively inexpensive and simple solution, cool roofs reduce carbon emissions at a rate of 0.5 lbs. per square foot of rooftop. Finding someone to install a cool roof should be easy since the city created a job training program to help people become cool roof installation specialists. To learn more about how to install a cool roof, visit NYC CoolRoof.

In addition to investing in cool roofs, the city continues to invest in green roofs. Unlike cool roofs, green roofs are roofs that have been converted into a garden space. While a green roof may sound more appealing than a cool roof, these roof projects are also more costly and, due to their weight, can’t be easily installed on all buildings. In fact, to even get approval for a green roof, you’ll have to consult a structural engineer (read more about urban gardens, including green roofs, here). However, property owners that do install green roofs not only expand their living space but also win on two other levels—green roofs are known to reduce one’s energy costs, and the installation of a green roof will make you eligible for a tax abatement.

Buildings and Listings with Lush Roof Decks
A fitness studio lies underneath the courtyard garden
From the Listing: Celebrity Designer Fully Furnished/ Unfurnished jaw-dropping brand new 4 Bedroom 3.5 Bath unit in the heart of Soho. Unit 6B at Xoco 325 is a corner residence with views to the south, east and west over Soho. As you walk into the 2,658 SF apartment the stunning Austrian White Oak floors with radiant heating in the floors and ceiling heights over 10' will blow you away.. See floor plan and full details here.

Roof of 60 Water Street (Two Trees Management)
From the Listing: Thoughtfully designed, high floor home boasting the most majestic views in Dumbo with floor to ceiling windows encasing the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, Governor's Island, Downtown Manhattan, and beloved Jane's Carousel. Enjoy gorgeous sunsets and warm Southwestern sunlight all day. The most spacious one bedroom layout, this home is designed with an open island kitchen perfect for entertaining as well as great closet space. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Gut renovated single family home on West 4th and Perry. Thoughtfully restored details such as marble mantles and moldings are combined with high design and modern convenience. A large chefs kitchen for casual entertaining opens onto the landscaped rear terrace with BBQ. The parlor floor has a wall of windows facing east and a powder room with a floating Onyx vanity. The master suite is comprised of a sunny bedroom, a private media room and a modern bathroom featuring a sculptural stainless steel sink and skylight. A green roof with outdoor kitchen enjoys views over the west village and towards the Empire State Building. This gorgeous home can also be offered furnished for short or long term stays at $35,000/month. See floor plan and full details here.

Common roof deck at 301 East 63rd
From the Listing: Welcome to 14J at 301 in Lenox Hill! New York Is Always A Good Idea with this 2 Bed /1 Bath apartment with hardwood floors, open kitchen and very spacious layout. The unit boasts 3 exposures: West (over 2nd Avenue), North and East. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Sun drenched south facing convertible 1BR 1BA available at The Powerhouse! This very spacious 758 SF apartment with stunning 10ft high ceiling and dramatic oversized windows, has an excellent layout. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Residence 7F is a 695 square foot one bedroom, one bathroom with an open gourmet kitchen and breakfast bar. This spacious residence faces North East with East River and Williamsburg Bridge views. Warm, modern interiors are brought to life by the renowned design team at Meyer Davis Studio. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Welcome home to Residence 10R at River and Warren. This 1,153 sq. ft. split two-bedroom layout facing East features 2 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms. The residence encompasses great light and views of Tribeca and Teardrop Park from every room. 10R has a gracious layout, perfect for entertaining, and is the epitome of luxury living. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: This authentic, approx 1,984 sq ft pre-war co-op loft offers many unique features such as 6 ft windows framed in rich mahogany, 10ft+ ceilings, exposed brick walls, and a very flexible layout. Designed as a 1 bedroom/2 bath home with separate den and substantial open entertaining space, one can easily create a proper 2 bedroom and still maintain a large living/dining area. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Rarely available, 27A, nestled on a high floor of one the most desirable condominium downtown, this expansive 3 bedroom home in the award-winning Visionaire condominium offers the largest living room/kitchen combo in the building. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: The NoMad House is a rare trophy penthouse in the heart of the famed NoMad neighborhood. Occupying the entire top floor of 284 Fifth Avenue, a designated New York City landmark, this iconic property is a single-story, bright and airy mid-century modern home atop a stunning, 8-story pre-war structure. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Step into this one-of-a-kind 4 bed, 2.5 half bath, duplex penthouse loft with three different outdoor spaces perfect for entertaining. The private elevator, which serves only the A line, opens directly into the loft for complete privacy. Upon entering this breath-taking home you'll find an expansive living area featuring high ceilings, a gas fireplace, and reclaimed wide plank oak flooring throughout. Floor to ceiling glass doors open to a beautiful private landscaped terrace with a gas fire pit perfect for entertaining. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: The Penthouse at Gramercy Square's Boutique Building is a dramatic 4 bedroom, 4.5 bathroom residence, plus a rooftop bonus room. A private roof terrace, designed by M. Paul Friedberg & Partners, features an ipe wood deck connected by a stepping stone path through green roof plantings including smaller trees around a built-in lounge area. A well-equipped outdoor kitchen with a gas BBQ grill and wet bar is open to a trellised dining area. Two additional balconies are located on the main floor, adjacent to the kitchen and the library. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: This home in the sky offers elegant indoor and outdoor entertaining spaces complemented with five bedrooms, a library, a sky room, five full baths, and two powder rooms. A truly spectacular Penthouse residence with incredible outdoor space and low maintenance; Hummingbirds, blue jays, and mockingbirds are frequent visitors on the terrace of this spectacular, sunny penthouse with glorious views. See floor plan and full details here.

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