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Research Tips

There’s an immense wealth of information about New York City, much of which can be found online, through the websites of city departments and local organizations. Keep in mind, we need information that’s processed and relevant to the neighborhood and specific areas that constitute the project. We encourage classes to gather information and discuss a focal point before publishing the sources.

Here are some sources that you might find relevant:

  • HonestBuildings.com provides a cornucopia of information about the built environment, both in NYC and in other places. The site’s outputs will overlap somewhat with those of some of the other sources listed underneath, but it will be worth sifting through, none-the-less.
  • The USGBC’s Certified Project List allows the user to obtain database of LEED Certified and Registered (but not yet Certified) buildings/projects:. If you click on the “Export entire LEED Project Directory (Excel),” you can do just that!
  • Regarding Energy Star buildings, you can download Excel files of the buildings that have earned the ENERGY STAR through the ENERGY STAR Certified Buildings and Plants search tool. First, enter your city (New York) and state (NY) and click find. The results will appear on a new window that will show you facilities that have earned the ENERGY STAR. To download the Excel file, click on the tab at the top labeled “Show as List.” Once you access this window, there will be a button to your right “Download Result in Excel.”
  • GreenHomeNYC has been profiling NYC’s green buildings in their Green Buildings Database since 2002.
  • NYC Open Data provides useful shapefiles for those using Geographic Information Systems.  Be sure to click on the “About” button and then scroll down in order to download specific shapefiles.
  • The NYC Department of City Planning’s Bytes of the Big Apple also provides a means for accessing many interesting shapefiles.
  • Greenroofs.com maintains a list of greenroof projects for both here in NYC and elsewhere.
  • New York City’s Sustainable Urbanism – PlaNYC http://www.nyc.gov/html/planyc2030/html/home/home.shtml
  • Manhattan’s original natural systems, The Manahatta Project, by Eric Sanderson http://archive.wcs.org/sw-high_tech_tools/landscapeecology/mannahatta/

You can also obtain all sorts of relevant information from different city departments:

Community Boards

The City’s Community Boards will be important sources of information in terms of understanding the needs and interests of different communities, both as related to sustainability and otherwise. Read more about the different community boards and their needs underneath:

Community Board No. 1 Manhattan

District Needs Statement

Hubs: Bowling Green, City Hall Park, Canal St.

 

Community Board No. 2 Manhattan

Hubs: Canal St, 14th St. Union Sq.

 

Community Board No. 5 Manhattan

District Needs Statement

Hubs: 14th St. Union Sq. 23rd St. Madison Sq. Park, 34th St. Herald Sq. 42nd St. Times Sq.

 

Community Board No. 7 Manhattan

District Needs Statement

Hubs: 64th St. Dante Sq. 72nd St. Verdi Sq.

 

Community Board No. 9 Manhattan

District Needs Statement

Hubs: 112th St. NASA Goddard,  125th St. Old Broadway,  137th St. Montefiore Park, 155th St. Trinity Church

 

Community Board No. 12 Manhattan

District Needs Statement

Hubs: 155th St. Trinity Church,  168th St. Presbyterian Hospital, 190th St. Gorman Park

 

Community Board No. 8 Bronx

District Needs Statement

Hubs: 225th St. Broadway Bridge,  240th St. Van Cortlandt Park

 



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