- The Melrose Commons neighborhood of the South Bronx has been awarded LEED® for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) Stage II Silver Certification by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). This is the 1st certification of its kind in the city of New York and the 2nd one in the state of New York.
"Long before Green Design was a hot topic in the industry, we recognized its importance to the life of our community. My mother, Yolanda Garcia, founder of Nos Quedamos, fought tirelessly to see sustainable design incorporated into the Urban Renewal Plan as well as the development of each new project in the neighborhood," says Yolanda Gonzalez, executive director of Nos Quedamos. "To be recognized for this dedication, against great odds, is unbelievably rewarding. We hope to set an example for similar communities across the country and around the world." (New York Real State Journal 4.27.10)
- Watch the THIRTEEN’s documentaries Going Green New York where Yolanda Gonzalez as the Executive Director of Nos Quedamos is highlighted as “a community activist building green housing in the South Bronx – all the while combating its high rates of asthma”.
- South Bronx Action Group, Inc (SBAG) became part of the Nos Quedamos team as of January 2010. SBAG is a community based nonprofit organization that provides culturally and linguistically competent assistance to low-income Bronx residents. SBAG’s mission is to promote civic awareness of problems confronting the city of New York, and to offer suggestions to the respective authorities for the betterment of the city and its residents. SBAG and its key staff have successful experience within the past 44 years working with Bronx residents and immigrant populations in general.
- During the past month of July, Bronx Defenders conducted its Community Arts Exchange Summer Camp for the second year at the Nos Quedamos facility. Through this collaboration with Bronx Defenders in this program that “encourage students to critically examine their neighborhood and to build skills and self-esteem”, Nos Quedamos reinforces its involvement and commitment to youth development through a variety of activities covering the arts and literacy issues.