NYC Parks Celebrates Green Improvements to St. Mary's Recreation Center

Maura Balaban
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May 18, 2012


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‘Lights Off’ was the theme of the day as New York Power Authority (NYPA) Vice President-Energy Efficiency Paul Belnick (right), NYC Parks & Recreation Commissioner (NYC Parks) Liam Kavanagh and Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) Ariella Maron teamed up to symbolically flip the switch on energy use at an event May 18, to announce a $1.3 million green retrofit of the St. Mary’s Recreation Center in the South Bronx.


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In cooperation with the NYC Parks and DCAS, NYPA is implementing energy efficiency work at St. Mary’s Recreation Center in the South Bronx, including installation of new high efficient lighting in the pool ceiling and an insulated pool cover. When the project is completed in December 2012, the work is estimated to reduce annual energy costs at St. Mary’s by $169,000 and annual greenhouse gas emissions by 406 metric tons.

The energy efficiency work at St. Mary’s is representative of the hundreds of energy efficiency projects that NYPA is dedicated to pursuing throughout the city, in keeping with the ambitious policies of Governor Cuomo and Mayor Bloomberg to achieve major reductions in energy use at varied public facilities.

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