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On Earth Day, many New Yorkers participate in activities like picking up trash, planting trees, or taking part in a recycling program. But some developers and designers are determined to make the holiday last all year and by striving for LEED Certification in their buildings. The program was unveiled less than 20 years ago, but was rapidly adopted and is now seen as more crucial than a starchitect's name for some.

Many criteria go into the certification process, but it helps if the buildings go up near public transportation, use sustainably sourced materials, and are designed to consume less energy and reduce water consumption. And rather than give rise to a crop of characterless buildings, this eco-friendly infrastructure often serves as the underpinning for a striking structure than does not sacrifice style in the name of sustainability. The following listings are located in both highly coveted NYC neighborhoods and LEED certified buildings.

Marvel in the Meatpacking District
345-West-14th-Street-1 All images of 345 Meatpacking via Douglas Elliman
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High-floor corner condo in an environmentally friendly building boasts double-paned high-performance windows, north and east exposures, custom interior doors and paneling, and in-unit washer/dryer. The kitchen features custom oak millwork, bronze detailing, and fully integrated high-end appliances. The bedroom suite has two large closets and luxurious marble bath. See floor plan and full details here.

Brooklyn Heights Bounty
90-Furman-Street-1 All images of Pierhouse at Brooklyn Bridge Park via Douglas Elliman
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Dramatic duplex apartment with sun-splashed interiors boasts 18'6" ceiling heights and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty, and the Lower Manhattan skyline. The luxurious kitchen features Gaggenau appliances, marble counters, reclaimed pine hardwood floors, and odorless composting unit. Full-service building amenities include fitness centers, meditation studio, lounge, pet washing station, and electric car charging station in the parking garage. See floor plan and full details here.

Upper East Side Elegance
205-East-85th-Street-1 All images of The Brompton via Corcoran
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Expansive penthouse boasts 11' ceilings, oversized windows overlooking open city views, hardwood floors, in-unit washer/dryer, and grand gallery that connects the whole home. The entertaining wing is home to a corner living room with gas fireplace, a chef's kitchen, a formal dining room, windowed kitchen with center island and breakfast area, study/library, and den with gas fireplace. The bedrooms are across the hall, and the master suite comes with a gas fireplace, spacious dressing area, walk-in closets, and marble bath. See floor plan and full details here.

Harlem Haven
40-West-116th-Street-1 All images of Kalahari Harlem via Compass
40-West-116th-Street-2 Dining area
40-West-116th-Street-3 Bedroom
Cleverly laid out condo is filled with light from southern exposure, and a sleek built-in cabinetry system in the living room allows for abundant storage that doesn't interrupt the home's space and flow. Both bedrooms come with king-size space and custom California closet systems. The apartment comes with a deeded storage unit and a 25-year tax abatement, and building amenities include a bike room, parking garage, laundry on every floor, music practice rooms, two roof terraces, and a landscaped courtyard with community herb garden. See floor plan and full details here.

Choice Chelsea Condo
151-West-21st-Street-1 All images of Chelsea Green via Halstead
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South-facing condo boasts soaring ceilings, southern exposure, wide plank wood flooring, custom closets, marble bath, in-unit washer/dryer, and incredible light from floor-to-ceiling windows. The custom chef's kitchen is outfitted with Caesarstone counters and high-end appliances. A 421a tax abatement is in effect until June 2025, and building amenities include a gym, spa treatment room, game lounge, children's playroom, and rooftop terrace. See floor plan and full details here.

Gracious Gramercy Living
200-East-21st-Street-1 All images of 200 East 21st Street via Douglas Elliman
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Beautifully proportioned apartment in an eco-friendly building boasts beautiful western exposure, enormous bronze-framed windows, wide-plank oak flooring, and high-end finishes. Just off the expansive living area, an open kitchen is outfitted with a white matte lacquer breakfast bar, quartzite countertops, and Miele appliance suite. The master bath features marble walls, white stone floors, custom vanity, and Dornbacht fittings and fixtures. See floor plan and full details here.

Wonderful West Village Apartment
245-West-14th-Street-1 All images of Village Green West via Sotheby's
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245-West-14th-Street-3 Private balcony
Spacious apartment boasts northern exposure, open floor plan, high-end finishes, central air, in-unit washer/dryer, and chef's kitchen. The living room opens up to a private balcony for seamless indoor and outdoor living. The bedroom comes outfitted with two California closets, and the bath down the hall has a deep soaking tub with glass shower partition. See floor plan and full details here.

Heavenly Hudson Yards Home
15-Hudson-Yards-1 All images of Fifteen Hudson Yards via Corcoran
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Spacious home in New York's newest neighborhood looks out on spectacular sunsets over the Hudson River and gorgeous river views at all hours of the day. The open Great Room flows seamlessly into an open kitchen with marble island, Gaggenau appliances, and custom oak wood cabinetry. All bedrooms have generous closet space and en suite baths. See floor plan and full details here.

DUMBO Dream Home
1-John-Street-1 All images of 1 John Street via Douglas Elliman
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Sprawling corner loft is filled with stunning skyline and waterfront views through floor-to-ceiling windows. The living room measures more than 50 feet and beautifully integrates an open chef's kitchen with double islands, top-of-the-line appliances, and incredible storage space. The master suite features a custom cedar accent wall, walk-in closet, and spa-like bath. See floor plan and full details here.

Battery Park City Beauty
70-Little-West-Street-1 All images of The Visionaire via Christie's
70-Little-West-Street-2 Dining area and kitchen
70-Little-West-Street-3 Bedroom
With its commitment to the latest conservation and environmental technologies, this downtown building lives up to its name. This high-floor home boasts large windows, abundant storage, and open chef's kitchen off a separate dining area. The master suite has three custom closets and marble bath with high-end finishes. See floor plan and full details here.
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