New York

Programs & Initiatives

Emerald Cities New York (EC New York) is hosted by and collaborates closely with the Bronx Cooperative Development Initiative (BCDI), a coalition of local community and labor organizations and leaders, anchor institutions and community-supportive business and finance entities. Using a model of economic democracy, BCDI organizes community leaders to leverage local assets and create shared wealth for Bronx residents. EC New York’s work with BCDI has set the stage for major investments in sustainability and green infrastructure in the borough. .


EC New York and BCDI are currently working with BlocPower and the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition to implement two such programs. Building Power is bringing deep energy efficiency retrofits to faith-based institutions in the Northwest Bronx. The Bronx Healthy Buildings retrofit program addresses both asthma triggers and energy use and costs in privately owned multi-family housing in the northwest and central Bronx. Energy efficiency retrofits in such buildings are reducing property owners' energy consumption and costs while creating high-road green jobs and improving health outcomes for Bronx residents.

In order to leverage energy investments for economic development, EC New York is implementing a full Economic Inclusion program and exploring opportunities for community ownership of energy resources. The Economic Inclusion program will support local and disadvantaged business enterprises as well as local hiring within the green construction sector. In addition, building off its strong relationships with community members, elected officials, anchor institutions and technical experts, EC New York is convening a series of cross-disciplinary conversations aimed at identifying opportunities and barriers to developing community-owned energy resources in the South Bronx.  

Lastly, as New York State overhauls its energy delivery system via the Reforming the Vision (REV) initiative, EC New York is working to advance policies and leverage investments leading to local job- and wealth-creation. EC New York is a member of two statewide coalitions – the Energy Democracy Alliance and NY RENEWS – in order to ensure that new regulations and programs include meaningful community input, invest in low- to moderate-income communities and create job- and wealth-creation opportunities for communities of color and low-income New Yorkers. 



Maggie Tishman: Local Director

310 W 43rd Street, 7th Floor

New York, NY 10036 | T 973 224-6851 Twitter: @EmeraldNYC

About Maggie 

As the Local Director for Emerald Cities New York, Maggie works with members of the Bronx Cooperative Development Initiative to plan, implement and document community energy projects that meet both environmental and economic justice goals. These projects include energy efficiency retrofits and clean energy projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, generate financial savings for local residents, promote community ownership, create green jobs for local residents and build a larger movement for community-centered energy systems. Previously, Maggie worked as a Robert A. Fox Leadership Fellow at Providence Community Housing in New Orleans. Maggie completed her Master’s degree in City Planning at MIT and a Bachelor’s in Urban Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. 

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