The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) announced that the non-profit Pratt Institute in Brooklyn has been awarded $300,000 for conducting a survey to assess the production and use of green building products in New York City.
The Pratt Institute will use the funding for conducting a survey of around 100 green building product manufacturers and 50 green building materials buyers in New York City.
The survey is meant to identify the gap in regional green building products supply and demand.
Pratt will use the survey data for a strategic assessment of the inefficiencies of the current manufacturing operations in the area, regional demand for innovative green building predicts, and the region‚Äôs capacity to develop these products.
The study findings will enable green building materials manufacturers and consumers to connect with each other, and identify the ways in which the latest innovations in this field can be put in front of commercial end users.
Matt Erskine, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development, said this EDA investment will help NYC‚Äôs green building materials manufacturers identify markets, and will help end-users identify these products and buy them.
This study to support growth of NYC‚Äôs green building cluster complements Pratt‚Äôs existing Spec It Green Manufacturing Initiative, which promotes the use of locally-made green building materials.
U.S. Senator for New York Kirsten Gillibrand, who has been pushing for federal funding in support of Pratt‚Äôs initiative to strengthen the City‚Äôs green building manufacturers, said this funding would help the sector and provide green manufacturers in NYC with new opportunities for expanding their business.
The Spec It Green seminar series hosted by the New York Industrial Retention Network (NYIRN) focuses on green building and the benefits of using sustainable and local building supplies from the City‚Äôs own manufacturers.
NYIRN was established in 1997 as an economic development organization for strengthening New York‚Äôs manufacturing sector and promoting sustainable development. In 2010, it was merged with the Pratt Center for Community Development.
Adam Friedman, director of the Pratt Center for Community Development, said the Spec It Green Partnership partly funded by the EDA will help in channeling millions of dollars in private construction spending to local manufacturers.