Community Environmental Center (Long Island City, NY)


  • Name:Katherine Gloede
  • Title:Project Manager

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Community Environmental Center
  • Address:43-10 11th Street
    Long Island City, NY 11101
    Long Island City
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:17187841444
  • Main fax:17187848347

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  • Mission:
  • As a non-profit, our mission is to mitigate global warming by creating a healthier, affordable and more sustainable built environment. Community Environmental Center (CEC) is a leader in the burgeoning energy-efficiency field. Located in Queens, New York, but serving the entire New York Metropolitan Area, since 1994 CEC has been a major provider of construction and technical services for green buildings, and a proponent of green living and working conditions, especially for the neediest among us. Indeed, CEC believes that the climate crisis is the determining circumstance of our time and that addressing the environmental impact of energy use is fundamental to our overall goal: establishing the environmental health of New York City. With dedication to the betterment of people’s lives, the skill acquired from nearly twenty years of practical experience making buildings energy efficient, and commitment to environmentally sound public policy, CEC strives daily to achieve that goal.

  • Overview:
  • From Rick Cherry, the President of CEC:
    “When I started Community Environmental Center in 1994, we were a small company but our vision was as big as the city. We aimed to bring energy efficiency to New York’s buildings, so that New Yorkers could live comfortably and affordably, so that the buildings would stand tall and strong for years to come, and the environment – the air we breathe, the water we drink, the earth we stand on – would flourish and continue to sustain the people who live in this great city.
    Our small company grew, accomplishing as much, and more, than I had dreamed. Over the years our committed group of energy auditors and weatherization technicians has brought weatherization to thousands of homeowners and apartment dwellers. Our engineers and LEED experts have designed energy-efficient solutions for new buildings, and our solar experts have captured the energy of the sun and installed Solar Hot Water (SHW) systems in existing buildings.
    CEC’s desire to educate young people has found an extraordinarily dedicated outlet in our affiliate Solar One, and our determination to clean up the environment and keep it that way has been furthered by Build It Green!NYC, which salvages used construction materials for reuse – keeping them out of the landfill that pollutes the air.
    Truly, the CEC family of organizations contributes to the greening of New York City.
    As hard as CEC has worked, much still remains to be done. I need only step outside to experience serious climate change at work. Last year, here in the North East, the winter was ferocious. This year, at times, it has been spring-like, while Europe has suffered blizzards and some of the coldest temperatures in decades. Extreme, erratic weather is one of the symptoms of climate change.
    We know that human behavior has contributed to the climate change that threatens the land, air and oceans on which life depends. And only human behavior can bring the natural world back to anything resembling normalcy.
    People who own buildings, and we who live and work in them, can lessen the warming of the earth’s atmosphere by reducing the amount of energy we use and by utilizing renewable energy sources such as the sun. An act as simple as acquiring an energy-efficient light bulb or plugging in a Smart Strip is one small step toward resuscitating our environment. And bigger actions – insulating a building or replacing a furnace that burns polluting oil – will bring even bigger environmental returns.
    And for those, CEC is here to help.”

  • History:
  • In 1994, Richard Cherry founds Community Environmental Center (CEC) as a visionary not-for-profit organization. The first citywide not-for-profit is to address the connection among environmental issues, inner city neighborhoods, and existing buildings. CEC soon becomes the largest provider of weatherization to low-income families under New York State’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP).

    In 2000, CEC broadens its focus to include environmental education. The New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC) designates CEC to maintain Stuyvesant Cove Park, newly constructed on a brownfield along the Manhattan bank of the East River between 18th and 23rd Streets, and to set up and run an environmental learning center there. CEC is a leader in designing and coordinating the Assisted Multifamily Program (AMP) for NYSERDA. AMP lasts until 2006.

    In 2001, CEC expands its staff and becomes a major provider of state and city programs. CEC generates high efficiency specifications for the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and trains architects on their uses.

    In 2003, CEC founds Solar One, which was New York City’s first stand-alone solar-powered building. Solar One quickly becomes a distinguished center for teaching young people about the environment and the climate crisis.

    In 2005, CEC founds Build It Green!NYC that was New York City’s first not-for-profit program committed to salvaging building materials and furnishings, BIG!NYC opens its doors in Astoria, Queens. In addition, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy recognizes AMP as an Exemplary Low-Income Energy Efficiency Program.

    In 2009, CEC is awarded $38 million of ARRA funds to bring weatherization to low-income homes and buildings in Brooklyn and Queens. With Solar One, CEC adds green jobs training to its programs. CEC installs the first Solar Hot Water (SHW) systems to be placed in multifamily buildings in Brooklyn.

    In 2010, he Mayor’s Office of the City of New York selects CEC to organize and lead the city’s Cool Roofs Program. CEC will continue to organize the program in 2011 and 2012. CEC is designated one of Crain’s Best Places to work in New York City.

    In 2011, CEC completes weatherization assignments for the federal stimulus program (ARRA). From 1994 to 2011, CEC retrofitted 17,752 housing units through New York State’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). From 2010-11, through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), CEC brought weatherization to an additional 9,611 low-income families. The federal Department of Energy selected CEC as an awardee of the Weatherization Innovation Pilot Program. CEC heads the Emergency Cooling Program in New York City. CEC’s initiatives include Community Based Outreach, Solar Hot Water (SHW) systems and Tenant Education.

    In 2012, CEC designs and builds an environmental learning center, EcoHouse, on wheels, to travel around New york City to schools, museums, community centers and street fairs. Build It Green!NYC acquires a second location in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Solar One prepares to build Solar 2, an 8,000-square-foot green arts-and-education center in Manhattan.

  • Year established:1994
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:9
  • Advisory board size:
  • Staff size:154


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Unknown
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(1)
  • Tax ID:13-3762724