Sustainable South Bronx

aka SSBx   |   Bronx, NY   |  www.ssbx.org

Mission

Sustainable South Bronx (SSBx) works to address economic and environmental issues in the South Bronx through a combination of green job training, community greening programs, and social enterprise.

Ruling year info

2003

Principal Officer

Mr. Michael Brotchner

Main address

1647 Macombs Rd. Ground Floor

Bronx, NY 10453 USA

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EIN

02-0535999

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training (J20)

Energy Resources Conservation and Development (C35)

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Programs and results

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Sustainable Ventures

Sustainable Ventures seeks to economically empower South Bronx residents through participation in green industries by incubating businesses that are triple bottom line: People, Planet and Profit.  Our first venture is SmartRoofs LLC, a green roof/green wall installation company, which will generate earned income for SSBx, while raising the profile of green technologies and providing employment opportunities for BEST graduates.

Population(s) Served

BEST Academy offers two green-collar training programs: BEST Ecology (ECO) and BEST for Buildings (B4B), linking environmental justice to social justice. Participants acquire skills and certifications in ecological restoration, hazardous waste cleanup, landscaping, building retrofits, energy audits and similar areas.

Population(s) Served

Through in-depth research, position statements, crafting legislation and building city-wide coalitions, SSBX helps to identify environmental policy issues of concern to the community, and spurs the creation of specific initiatives for sustainable development. This area of concern includes Community Outreach & Education, which trains South Bronx community members to become activists and leaders, identifying local problems and creating solutions.  This arm of SSBx teaches students and residents about issues such as asthma and obesity and how to take action.

Population(s) Served

SSBx coordinates and manages the participation of community organizations in a range of advocacy campaigns surrounding solid waste and energy.  Staff spearheads information sessions with community leaders, acquiring press conferences, meetings with elected officials and testifying at hearings.

Population(s) Served

SSBx has played a joint community role in the implementation of the South Bronx Greenway, which, when complete, will consist of 11 miles of safe outdoor recreation space along the Bronx and East Rivers. BEST Academy graduates serve as Greenway Stewards, ensuring the survival of newly planted trees, identifying new planting opportunities, maintaining two newly opened waterfront parks along the Greenway, and connecting at the street level with citizens to teach them how to improve their environment through greening the community, while creating new planting spaces and reaching out to schools to provide inspiration and education.

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Awards

2010 Region 2 Environmental Quality Award 2010

Envronmental Protection Agency

Finalist Non-Government Organization 2009

Aspen Institute Energy and Environment Awards

Winner Gotham Green Award 2009

Friar's Club

National Conservation Award 2008

National Wildlife Federation

Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for Humanitarian Service 2007

New York University

Financials

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Sustainable South Bronx

Board of directors
as of 01/06/2015
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Board chair

Hilary Semel

Law Office of Judy L. Berland, PLLC

Aileen Gribbin

Forsyth Street Advisors

Paul Harris

Paul Harris Development LLC

Lori Moses

TF Cornerstone Inc.

Ushma Pandya

American Express

Bruce Rabb

Sustainable Development Group,LLC

Danielle Scaturro

Edna McConnell Clark Foundation

Hilary Semel

Law Office of Judy L. Berland, PLLC