We've made some amazing improvements to reduce the carbon footprint of our community. We've saved the equivalent of 17 million pounds of coal over the past five years, which is roughly the same savings as 3,000 drivers taking a bike or train for an entire year, or planting a forest of 400,000 trees.
However there is always more we can do! Check out our tips below for ideas on how each of us can contribute to a greener home.
Recycling is Easy
Each building has a Recycling Area located on the Terrace or Lower Level, with bins to sort each type of recyclable material.
Join us for one of our many onsite Shredding Events. Four times a year we give our residents access to bulk paper recycling. Bring your materials (please, no magazines or regular mail) to the 20th Street Loop on noted dates. Stay updated on the schedule for upcoming Shredding events at stuytown.com/events
Beginning December 1st, you can drop compost in the brown bins conveniently located in the recycling area of your building. We've partnered with the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) and GrowNYC to bring these bins to residents, making it easy and hassle-free to "go green" and help our community become a shining example of eco-friendly living in New York City. The process is quick and easy: collect your food scraps, food-soiled paper, and plants in any container or bag, and then empty that bag in the bin. Please note: you will need to close the bin securely after use. You can do this by pushing the lid closed until you hear a click and then lowering the orange handle.
Unwanted cloth scraps contribute 193,000 tons of waste each year in NYC. You can help reduce that number by recycling your unwanted, clean clothing and cloth scraps at our weekly Greenmarket every Sunday (mid-May through mid-November). Your textiles will then be donated to second-hand retailers and programs, or become low-grade fiber products. Please note: we cannot accept bedding, carpeting, or luggage.
Reduce Your Use
You can make small changes ot your everyday routine to dramatically reduce the amount of energy you consume!
- Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth
- Open your curtains and window shades during the day to take advantage of natural light, and give your lightbulbs a break
- NYC has amazing ways to cut back on travel-based consumption. Enjoy a refreshing bike ride, catch a train or bus, or take a walk!
- When purchasing paper and plastic products and containers, make sure your selections are made of post-consumer content. It's an amazing way to see your recyling efforts in action
- Clean or change filters regularly. A dirty furnance or A/C filter wll slow down air flow and make the system work harder to keep you warm or cold
- Turn off all lights, appliances and eletronics not in use
Green Initiatives Video
Check out our quick video below for updates on how we're continually working to reduce our environmental impact and improve life in our community.