“Residential buildings and commercial storefronts along a block of E. Fourth St. are poised for some major environmental upgrades free of charge.
The new environmental sustainability program, dubbed the ‘Model Block’ project by Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer’s Office, promises to provide residents and storeowners along E. Fourth St. between the Bowery and Second Ave. with new energy-efficient appliances largely funded by the state. The program’s goal is to reduce energy consumption and minimize electricity use and other expenses throughout an entire city block, according to Stringer, who is working with the Fourth Arts Block, among other E. Fourth St. organizations, to launch the initiative.
‘What I wanted to show was, in order for us to actually achieve these goals, we needed to have a bottom-up approach,’ Stringer explained. ‘We have to build a movement that’s grassroots-based, to get people on the streets energized about an environmentally sound community.’