Justin Green, Community Environmental Center
In 2005, Community Environmental Center secured a large grant from the Durst Foundation for what was to be the beginning of Build It Green! NYC. This included a temporary storage space and a contract from the Durst Organization for deconstruction services. CEC’s 10-person crew undertook the skim deconstruction of 5 buildings in midtown Manhattan, comprised of approximately 55,000 square feet of mixed-use space. CEC’s work yielded over 70 tons of materials salvaged for reuse and recycling that would have been landfilled. CEC initially sold materials from the deconstruction job and the storage space. Since the temporary facility could only receive a limited number of customers, CEC relocated the materials to a larger and more accessible facility in Astoria.
Build It Green! NYC, is NYC's only non-profit retail outlet for salvaged and surplus building materials. Their mission is to keep useful materials out of the landfill, while offering deep discounts on their resale.
In 2011, Build It Green! NYC opened their second retail location in NYC, this time in Gowanus, Brooklyn. The new store opened in mid-November 2011 and is located at 69 9th Street, Brooklyn NY 11215.