Sustainability

Charged with developing and maintaining a well-balanced community on the Lower West Side of Manhattan, the Battery Park City Authority has a robust environmental legacy.  To this day, sustainability initiatives permeate the organization’s operations, including in its maintenance, horticulture, programming, capital planning, finance and administrative functions.

    • Environmental Sustainability at BPCA

    Environmental Sustainability at BPCA
    As leaders in ecological stewardship, Battery Park City’ 36 acres of open space are maintained organically. Compost and compost teas are used to return nutrients to and enrich biological activity in our soil. In their careful selection of plants, BPCA's horticulture staff values native plants and considers plant communities as a whole. Trees and shrubs are pruned in a manner that follows the plant’s natural growth patterns, and smart irrigation systems are installed to reduce excess water usage. At the forefront of environmental standards for new construction, BPCA issued environmental guidelines applicable to all new residential buildings in Battery Park City in 2000. Similar environmental guidelines for commercial construction followed soon after. These guidelines adopted the most innovative strategies in sustainable design at the time and have shaped much of Battery Park City’s commercial and residential development to date, including the first LEED certified residential high-rise building in the U.S. BPCA’s Parks Operations Headquarters, located at 75 Battery Place, is LEED for Commercial Interiors Platinum Certified. Built in 2010, automated daylighting controls and occupancy sensors reduce energy consumption and harvest daylight for much of the 40,000 square foot building. Treated black water, rather than potable water, is used to wash down equipment, vehicles, a trash room and atrium floors. Additional examples of BPCA’s sustainable maintenance practices include using non-VOC paint, non-toxic cleaning materials, and soy-based graffiti remover. Sustainability-themed programs can be found throughout Parks Programming’s active calendar of classes, programs, and events. In 2019, for example, Parks Programming hosted Go Fish!, Battery Park City’s annual celebration of life in the Hudson Estuary and its first Migration Celebration. Art programs regularly use recycled materials such as plant clippings from the parks and re-purpose discarded newspapers, scrap paper, and boxes from deliveries. On May 21, 2019, the BPCA Board approved a resolution of the Sustainability Plan and New Green Guidelines, which are being designed to facilitate BPCA’s commitment to “achieve a carbon neutral Battery Park City by the middle of the century, along with greenhouse gas reduction and clean energy improvement targets, a strategy for achieving those targets, and a framework for ensuring BPCA lessees and business partners meet BPCA’s enumerated goals.” BPCA’s Investment Guidelines emphasize the consideration of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors in the Authority’s investment strategy. BPCA encourages its investment managers to include ESG factors in their analytical processes and prohibits investment in companies that are heavily-reliant on fossil fuels. In July 2019, BPCA issued $76.3 million in Sustainability Bonds to fund Phase 1 of its Capital Plan, which includes development of a comprehensive resiliency infrastructure – entailing perimeter storm barriers, flood protection systems, waterproofing, and landscaping to protect its residents and assets from climate change. The proceeds will also finance projects that enhance public access to open space, accessibility and walkability, and preserve the socio-cultural attributes of Battery Park City. BPCA was selected as the Northeast Deal of the Year by Bond Buyer for its $673 million offering, of which Sustainability Bonds were a part. o 2019 Bond Funds – Sustainability Report (PDF)
    • Zero Waste Initiative

    Zero Waste Initiative
    On Earth Day 2019, BPCA launched its Zero Waste Initiative, a waste-reduction program that includes staff education, regular reporting and review of vendor practices, and pledges from more than 100 Authority staff members to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Focusing initially on BPCA’s 75 Battery Place location, the goal is to attain Gold TRUE certification (an assessor-based program that rates how well facilities minimize waste), decrease office waste going to landfill by 90% over the next 12 months, and learn from this experience to expand Zero Waste to other BPCA owned spaces – and eventually to the community. The Zero Waste Advisory Committee, comprised of staff from the Authority's Programming and Operations teams, conduct regular trainings and information sessions for BPCA staff on the transition to a zero waste facility. Landfill, recycling, and composting signage was redesigned to easily covey to building occupants which items go in which bin. The Zero Waste Committee audits the facility’s waste stream regularly to gather metrics and identify other possible waste streams to reuse or recycle.
    • BPC Sustainability Plan

    BPC Sustainability Plan
    Goal 2.2 of BPC’s Strategic Plan – “Develop and implement a strategy to achieve a carbon neutral Battery Park City” – entails creation of a sustainability plan that includes new green guidelines BPCA is now at work on creation of a new Sustainability Plan, which will guide the Authority’s sustainability efforts and initiatives for the next decade. BPCA’s Sustainability Plan will be presented on Earth Day 2020.
    • Composting

    Composting
    BPCA has a longstanding and growing composting program, with vegetable and fruit waste is collected from local stores, staff and residents. More than 20,000 pounds of food and plant waste were composted in 2018. BPCA’s composting numbers in 2019 exceeded even that -- with more than 35,000 pounds composted! On Earth Day 2019 BPCA launched the neighborhood’s first building-specific composting program at Gateway Plaza, Battery Park City’s largest residential complex. The resulting compost is used to nourish and sustain soils across Battery Park City’s parks. It is also used to help create the compost tea -- compost steeped in water -- to inoculate soils with beneficial fungi and bacteria in the spring and fall. Members of the public can participate in BPCA’s composting program by dropping off their food waste at two locations:
    • BPCA Parks Operations – 75 Battery Place
    • Lower Level of North Esplanade by Chambers Street and River Terrace
    In fall 2019, BPCA launched a dog waste compost pilot program. About 75 pounds of dog waste is produced daily from neighborhood dog runs, which translates to approximately 13 tons of waste each year. Unmanaged dog waste can pollute waterways and adds to landfill waste; by composting rather than disposing of this waste in its raw form, BPCA plans to minimize the amount of methane gas released, while also reducing the number of plastic bags typically used to pick up pet waste. Each of the three dog runs has a collection bin with instructions for dog owners about how to participate. The bins are emptied daily, with waste brought to the BPCA Parks Operations’ central dog waste composting unit.
    • Environmental Sustainability at BPCA

    Environmental Sustainability at BPCA
    As leaders in ecological stewardship, Battery Park City’ 36 acres of open space are maintained organically. Compost and compost teas are used to return nutrients to and enrich biological activity in our soil. In their careful selection of plants, BPCA's horticulture staff values native plants and considers plant communities as a whole. Trees and shrubs are pruned in a manner that follows the plant’s natural growth patterns, and smart irrigation systems are installed to reduce excess water usage. At the forefront of environmental standards for new construction, BPCA issued environmental guidelines applicable to all new residential buildings in Battery Park City in 2000. Similar environmental guidelines for commercial construction followed soon after. These guidelines adopted the most innovative strategies in sustainable design at the time and have shaped much of Battery Park City’s commercial and residential development to date, including the first LEED certified residential high-rise building in the U.S. BPCA’s Parks Operations Headquarters, located at 75 Battery Place, is LEED for Commercial Interiors Platinum Certified. Built in 2010, automated daylighting controls and occupancy sensors reduce energy consumption and harvest daylight for much of the 40,000 square foot building. Treated black water, rather than potable water, is used to wash down equipment, vehicles, a trash room and atrium floors. Additional examples of BPCA’s sustainable maintenance practices include using non-VOC paint, non-toxic cleaning materials, and soy-based graffiti remover. Sustainability-themed programs can be found throughout Parks Programming’s active calendar of classes, programs, and events. In 2019, for example, Parks Programming hosted Go Fish!, Battery Park City’s annual celebration of life in the Hudson Estuary and its first Migration Celebration. Art programs regularly use recycled materials such as plant clippings from the parks and re-purpose discarded newspapers, scrap paper, and boxes from deliveries. On May 21, 2019, the BPCA Board approved a resolution of the Sustainability Plan and New Green Guidelines, which are being designed to facilitate BPCA’s commitment to “achieve a carbon neutral Battery Park City by the middle of the century, along with greenhouse gas reduction and clean energy improvement targets, a strategy for achieving those targets, and a framework for ensuring BPCA lessees and business partners meet BPCA’s enumerated goals.” BPCA’s Investment Guidelines emphasize the consideration of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors in the Authority’s investment strategy. BPCA encourages its investment managers to include ESG factors in their analytical processes and prohibits investment in companies that are heavily-reliant on fossil fuels. In July 2019, BPCA issued $76.3 million in Sustainability Bonds to fund Phase 1 of its Capital Plan, which includes development of a comprehensive resiliency infrastructure – entailing perimeter storm barriers, flood protection systems, waterproofing, and landscaping to protect its residents and assets from climate change. The proceeds will also finance projects that enhance public access to open space, accessibility and walkability, and preserve the socio-cultural attributes of Battery Park City. BPCA was selected as the Northeast Deal of the Year by Bond Buyer for its $673 million offering, of which Sustainability Bonds were a part. o 2019 Bond Funds – Sustainability Report (PDF)
    • Zero Waste Initiative

    Zero Waste Initiative
    On Earth Day 2019, BPCA launched its Zero Waste Initiative, a waste-reduction program that includes staff education, regular reporting and review of vendor practices, and pledges from more than 100 Authority staff members to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Focusing initially on BPCA’s 75 Battery Place location, the goal is to attain Gold TRUE certification (an assessor-based program that rates how well facilities minimize waste), decrease office waste going to landfill by 90% over the next 12 months, and learn from this experience to expand Zero Waste to other BPCA owned spaces – and eventually to the community. The Zero Waste Advisory Committee, comprised of staff from the Authority's Programming and Operations teams, conduct regular trainings and information sessions for BPCA staff on the transition to a zero waste facility. Landfill, recycling, and composting signage was redesigned to easily covey to building occupants which items go in which bin. The Zero Waste Committee audits the facility’s waste stream regularly to gather metrics and identify other possible waste streams to reuse or recycle.
    • BPC Sustainability Plan

    BPC Sustainability Plan
    Goal 2.2 of BPC’s Strategic Plan – “Develop and implement a strategy to achieve a carbon neutral Battery Park City” – entails creation of a sustainability plan that includes new green guidelines BPCA is now at work on creation of a new Sustainability Plan, which will guide the Authority’s sustainability efforts and initiatives for the next decade. BPCA’s Sustainability Plan will be presented on Earth Day 2020.
    • Composting

    Composting
    BPCA has a longstanding and growing composting program, with vegetable and fruit waste is collected from local stores, staff and residents. More than 20,000 pounds of food and plant waste were composted in 2018. BPCA’s composting numbers in 2019 exceeded even that -- with more than 35,000 pounds composted! On Earth Day 2019 BPCA launched the neighborhood’s first building-specific composting program at Gateway Plaza, Battery Park City’s largest residential complex. The resulting compost is used to nourish and sustain soils across Battery Park City’s parks. It is also used to help create the compost tea -- compost steeped in water -- to inoculate soils with beneficial fungi and bacteria in the spring and fall. Members of the public can participate in BPCA’s composting program by dropping off their food waste at two locations:
    • BPCA Parks Operations – 75 Battery Place
    • Lower Level of North Esplanade by Chambers Street and River Terrace
    In fall 2019, BPCA launched a dog waste compost pilot program. About 75 pounds of dog waste is produced daily from neighborhood dog runs, which translates to approximately 13 tons of waste each year. Unmanaged dog waste can pollute waterways and adds to landfill waste; by composting rather than disposing of this waste in its raw form, BPCA plans to minimize the amount of methane gas released, while also reducing the number of plastic bags typically used to pick up pet waste. Each of the three dog runs has a collection bin with instructions for dog owners about how to participate. The bins are emptied daily, with waste brought to the BPCA Parks Operations’ central dog waste composting unit.
    • Environmental Sustainability at BPCA

    Environmental Sustainability at BPCA
    As leaders in ecological stewardship, Battery Park City’ 36 acres of open space are maintained organically. Compost and compost teas are used to return nutrients to and enrich biological activity in our soil. In their careful selection of plants, BPCA's horticulture staff values native plants and considers plant communities as a whole. Trees and shrubs are pruned in a manner that follows the plant’s natural growth patterns, and smart irrigation systems are installed to reduce excess water usage. At the forefront of environmental standards for new construction, BPCA issued environmental guidelines applicable to all new residential buildings in Battery Park City in 2000. Similar environmental guidelines for commercial construction followed soon after. These guidelines adopted the most innovative strategies in sustainable design at the time and have shaped much of Battery Park City’s commercial and residential development to date, including the first LEED certified residential high-rise building in the U.S. BPCA’s Parks Operations Headquarters, located at 75 Battery Place, is LEED for Commercial Interiors Platinum Certified. Built in 2010, automated daylighting controls and occupancy sensors reduce energy consumption and harvest daylight for much of the 40,000 square foot building. Treated black water, rather than potable water, is used to wash down equipment, vehicles, a trash room and atrium floors. Additional examples of BPCA’s sustainable maintenance practices include using non-VOC paint, non-toxic cleaning materials, and soy-based graffiti remover. Sustainability-themed programs can be found throughout Parks Programming’s active calendar of classes, programs, and events. In 2019, for example, Parks Programming hosted Go Fish!, Battery Park City’s annual celebration of life in the Hudson Estuary and its first Migration Celebration. Art programs regularly use recycled materials such as plant clippings from the parks and re-purpose discarded newspapers, scrap paper, and boxes from deliveries. On May 21, 2019, the BPCA Board approved a resolution of the Sustainability Plan and New Green Guidelines, which are being designed to facilitate BPCA’s commitment to “achieve a carbon neutral Battery Park City by the middle of the century, along with greenhouse gas reduction and clean energy improvement targets, a strategy for achieving those targets, and a framework for ensuring BPCA lessees and business partners meet BPCA’s enumerated goals.” BPCA’s Investment Guidelines emphasize the consideration of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors in the Authority’s investment strategy. BPCA encourages its investment managers to include ESG factors in their analytical processes and prohibits investment in companies that are heavily-reliant on fossil fuels. In July 2019, BPCA issued $76.3 million in Sustainability Bonds to fund Phase 1 of its Capital Plan, which includes development of a comprehensive resiliency infrastructure – entailing perimeter storm barriers, flood protection systems, waterproofing, and landscaping to protect its residents and assets from climate change. The proceeds will also finance projects that enhance public access to open space, accessibility and walkability, and preserve the socio-cultural attributes of Battery Park City. BPCA was selected as the Northeast Deal of the Year by Bond Buyer for its $673 million offering, of which Sustainability Bonds were a part. o 2019 Bond Funds – Sustainability Report (PDF)
    • Zero Waste Initiative

    Zero Waste Initiative
    On Earth Day 2019, BPCA launched its Zero Waste Initiative, a waste-reduction program that includes staff education, regular reporting and review of vendor practices, and pledges from more than 100 Authority staff members to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Focusing initially on BPCA’s 75 Battery Place location, the goal is to attain Gold TRUE certification (an assessor-based program that rates how well facilities minimize waste), decrease office waste going to landfill by 90% over the next 12 months, and learn from this experience to expand Zero Waste to other BPCA owned spaces – and eventually to the community. The Zero Waste Advisory Committee, comprised of staff from the Authority's Programming and Operations teams, conduct regular trainings and information sessions for BPCA staff on the transition to a zero waste facility. Landfill, recycling, and composting signage was redesigned to easily covey to building occupants which items go in which bin. The Zero Waste Committee audits the facility’s waste stream regularly to gather metrics and identify other possible waste streams to reuse or recycle.
    • BPC Sustainability Plan

    BPC Sustainability Plan
    Goal 2.2 of BPC’s Strategic Plan – “Develop and implement a strategy to achieve a carbon neutral Battery Park City” – entails creation of a sustainability plan that includes new green guidelines BPCA is now at work on creation of a new Sustainability Plan, which will guide the Authority’s sustainability efforts and initiatives for the next decade. BPCA’s Sustainability Plan will be presented on Earth Day 2020.
    • Composting

    Composting
    BPCA has a longstanding and growing composting program, with vegetable and fruit waste is collected from local stores, staff and residents. More than 20,000 pounds of food and plant waste were composted in 2018. BPCA’s composting numbers in 2019 exceeded even that -- with more than 35,000 pounds composted! On Earth Day 2019 BPCA launched the neighborhood’s first building-specific composting program at Gateway Plaza, Battery Park City’s largest residential complex. The resulting compost is used to nourish and sustain soils across Battery Park City’s parks. It is also used to help create the compost tea -- compost steeped in water -- to inoculate soils with beneficial fungi and bacteria in the spring and fall. Members of the public can participate in BPCA’s composting program by dropping off their food waste at two locations:
    • BPCA Parks Operations – 75 Battery Place
    • Lower Level of North Esplanade by Chambers Street and River Terrace
    In fall 2019, BPCA launched a dog waste compost pilot program. About 75 pounds of dog waste is produced daily from neighborhood dog runs, which translates to approximately 13 tons of waste each year. Unmanaged dog waste can pollute waterways and adds to landfill waste; by composting rather than disposing of this waste in its raw form, BPCA plans to minimize the amount of methane gas released, while also reducing the number of plastic bags typically used to pick up pet waste. Each of the three dog runs has a collection bin with instructions for dog owners about how to participate. The bins are emptied daily, with waste brought to the BPCA Parks Operations’ central dog waste composting unit.
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