Many New York City buildings have already converted from heavy oil to cleaner fuels. In fact, in 2011 nearly 300 buildings underwent a fuel conversion and 90% of them went from heavy oil to one of the cleanest fuels.
More and more buildings are committing to cleaner fuels. Below are stories from building residents and managers that are converting to the cleanest fuels.
New York City Housing Authority residents consumed more than 120 million gallons of No. 6 and No. 4 oil each year forty years ago in the 1970s. NYCHA no longer uses No. 6 and No. 4 oil. By taking the initiative to convert from No. 6 and No. 4 oil to cleaner alternatives like natural gas and No.2 oil, NYCHA now burns less than 8-million gallons per year. Here at NYCHA, we take our commitment to a cleaner New York City and the environment as a whole very seriously. Accordingly, NYCHA has developed a Green Agenda that will inform additional proactive measures in the future as additional evidence of this commitment.
Director of Energy Finance and Sustainability, New York City Housing Authority
"I’m not proud that my building is in the percent of city buildings that creates more than 85 percent of the heating oil soot pollution that New Yorkers, including my two kids, breathe in every day. This is why we are committed to converting to natural gas this year."
Paul J. Proulx
Resident and Director of 176 Broadway Owner’s Corporation
The Beresford, 211 Central Park West
"The health and business advantages of switching to clean heating fuel are compelling. Getting neighboring buildings involved not only lowers the cost of converting to natural gas, but also expedites the entire conversion process. We're thrilled that the Beresford and 15 West 81st Street are doing their part for the environment of New York City."
Vice President, the Beresford
“At Eastchester Heights apartments, one of the City's largest consumers of No. 6 fuel oil, the conversion to cleaner-burning natural gas was a clear win-win. The ability to improve the environment at the same time as our bottom line is an opportunity that Taconic Investment Partners could not forgo. With the help of the Mayor's office and the team at Con Edison we are proud to be at the forefront of this worthy initiative.”
Taconic Investment Partners LLC
“Columbia University recently began converting residential buildings on our Morningside campus from No. 6 and No. 4 oil to cleaner natural gas. This transition will cut the University’s greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality, save money, and result in a more efficient heating infrastructure in these buildings. This project supports our commitment to sustainability and we are thrilled to be working with the City and Con Edison as one of the first partners in the NYC Clean Heat program.”
Vice President of Operations, Columbia University Facilities
St. Barnabas Hospital
“Our recent partnership with Green Campus Partners to build a Combined Heat and Power Plant shows St. Barnabas Hospital's commitment, as an essential provider of health services in the Bronx, to improve the air quality and reduce the carbon footprint in our community. For nearly 50 years, we have operated oil-fired boilers that use No. 6 fuel oil. While these boilers continue to operate, they do so with incredible inefficiency, adversely affect the air quality of the neighborhood, and create a steep financial burden as a result of constant repairs and escalating prices. This new plant will eliminate the need for using No. 6 fuel oil and will provide over $2 million in annual savings."
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, St. Barnabas Hospital
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