The 2009 New York City Community Air Study revealed that the Upper East Side has a particularly high level of sulfur dioxide, which is pollution caused from No. 6 heating oil that is burned in large residences and institutions.
CIVITAS is an advocate for cleaner air on the Upper East Side and in East Harlem and has been an active resource for building managers and residents wishing to convert to more efficient and environmentally friendly heating oil options:
Photos: (Left) Vials containing sludgy, polluting heating oil No.6 and cleaner heating oil; (Right) Upper East Side building burning No. 6, courtesy of Isabelle Silverman, EDF
Outreach and Events:
CIVITAS has sponsored panel discussions to educate the community on environmentally-friendly building methods and heating oil conversion:
- The Greening of Apartment Buildings, October 22, 2009
News and Updates:
In April 2011 the City of New York issued a moratorium on No. 6 fuel oil starting in 2015. As a result, the City has adopted the Clean Heat Program to assist buildings in converting to natural gas and/or No. 2 oil. Boiler permits will no longer be renewed for #6 oil. Incentive programs may be available through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to reduce carbon emissions through heating oil conversion. Read the Press Release and Application.