Sustainable Community Development
Green Buildings At Nos Quedamos, we believe it is not sufficient to merely provide housing and commercial space; new and renovated buildings should improve the quality of life for their residents and the overall community. Nos Quedamos continues to push for green and LEED (The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System™) certified developments, encompassing materials, systems, and high efficiency Energy Star® appliances and fixtures which help reduce energy and water usage in our projects; urban agriculture, roof gardens, including green spaces with native plants as well as capturing and reusing rain and gray water. All these measures allow our buildings to create a positive impact both for the environment and the community.
Brownfield Remediation Many Nos Quedamos developments are located on former brownfields sites whose former uses involved potentially hazardous materials. Redevelopment of these sites can ensure the elimination of any threats for future uses. Nos Quedamos has participated on the creation of standards and regulations concerning Brownfields redevelopment at local, citywide, statewide, and federal levels. Through our constant work with local leaders, Nos Quedamos was invited to participate in a statewide legislative conference, The Pocantico Roundtable, to craft Brownfield policies that have since been enacted.
Air Quality Air quality, in the Borough of the Bronx especially, is extremely poor. With greater than twice (17%) the New York City average rate of asthma in school-age children, air quality is a major component of community health. Nos Quedamos has participated in several environmental justice and advocacy groups and co-authored an air quality research study, the South Bronx Environmental Health and Policy Study, along with the office of the US Congressman, José E. Serrano, other community organizations (THE POINT Community Development Corporation, the Sports Foundation Inc., and Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice) and New York University, which lead to the development of air quality standards and policy to improve the community residents’ quality of life.