Join us for a night of food, drinks, music, and celebration as we gather in person for our annual Benefit and Awards Reception at 26 Bridge in Dumbo. We will honor partners who have supported FAC and local residents to Build, Power, and Transform their lives and communities to advance equity and justice in New York City.
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Maria Torres-Springer – NYC Deputy Mayor for Economic and Workforce Development
Deputy Mayor Torres-Springer is charged with spearheading the Administration’s efforts to strengthen and diversify its economy, invest in emerging industries, bolster small business, connect New Yorkers to family-sustaining jobs and expand access to arts and culture. She has a long track record of public service with the City of New York. Throughout her tenure in government, she worked to create powerful partnerships among communities, businesses, and the agencies she has led in pursuit of expanded economic opportunity for all New Yorkers.
Build Award – Milbank LLP
Milbank is an international law firm that has provided thousands of hours of pro bono legal services for FAC Solar, through which we work with property owners, nonprofit affordable housing investors, and local governments to build, own and operate a portfolio of affordable solar for affordable housing. These efforts in turn provide access to cost-saving solar power which is out of reach for many low- and moderate-income New Yorkers.
Millbank’s environmental energy, real estate, and compliance practices supported the creation and launch of FAC Solar LLC. Their support since 2018 has been invaluable in helping FAC Solar build and launch the Affordable Solar project for FAC’s Affordable Housing portfolio. To date we have installed 182.5 kilowatts across seven FAC buildings, supplying 25-30% of each property’s power through solar, and approximately $35,000 in total savings from January – September 2021.
Power Award – Equitable Gowanus Champions, including the GNCJ Communications & Strategy Committee, NYC Comptroller Brad Lander, Former NYC Councilmember and Solar One CEO Stephen Levin, Deputy Director at NYC Council Land Use, Brian Paul, and Lance Freeman, Columbia University Professor of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
Over the last six years, this group worked tirelessly for a Gowanus rezoning plan that is inclusive, sustainable, and just. This work included ongoing organizing, advocacy, meetings with city officials and community members, and the creation of a groundbreaking racial equity impact report which showed that the plan for which they were advocating would result in a more racially and economically inclusive neighborhood, rather than continuing the pattern of gentrification seen with other rezonings. This past fall, the group experienced a huge win when the city committed to support the plan which includes:
- $200 million in capital repairs for all 1,662 units in NYCHA’s Gowanus Houses and Wyckoff Gardens
- Over $200 million in investments in flooding and stormwater infrastructure, parks, and schools including $250k annually for 5 years to fund workforce development programs
- Long-term community oversight to ensure accountability
- FAC’s Gowanus Green – 950 units of 100% affordable housing, a public park, and public school
- Gowanus’ inclusion in the Mayor’s Action Program, providing nearly $2 million annually to address violence, and provide youth development and other services
Transform Award – Pat Conway, FAC Board Member
Pat Conway joined with her neighbors to found FAC in 1978, in order to revitalize the community’s abandoned buildings and vacant lots and ensure that all residents had a say in the community’s future. She went on to become FAC’s first paid staff person as a Community Organizer in the late ’70s, working on campaigns to stop bank and insurance redlining, displacement, and advancing tenants’ rights. She has served on the FAC board since 1983. Her leadership and actions have been the foundation for the revitalization of neighborhoods and development of organizing campaigns and programs that fight for inclusion, affordability, and equity.
Thank You to Our Sponsors!
Impact Investor Sponsor
Social Entrepreneur Sponsor
Opportunity Builder Sponsors
LISC NYC National Equity Fund
NY Community Bancorp
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Magnusson Architecture and Planning PC
The Conway O’Callahan Family
COVID-19 Restrictions: We are following the CDC’s guidelines on COVID restrictions.
For more information about the event, contact Kathleen Parisi at Kathleen@K2New.net