Sep 192014

NGO Sustainability, in its effort to promote the use of renewable energy, organized a Solar Tour in Battery Park, New York City. The architects who planned Battery Park used many innovative and unusual approaches in integrating solar energy into the facades and rooftops of the buildings. For example, entrance canapés have solar panels. Also, the façade and side of The Solaire Building has solar panels integrated into beautiful blue glass. In addition, there are features such as recycled wastewater, solar tracking, rain gathering, green roofs, and highly efficient other sources of energy for heating and cooling. All these features were explained by the leading solar installer responsible for much of the work at Battery Park City, Anthony Pereira, Board Member of NGO Sustainability.

Aug 082014

The luncheon involved discussion of the Brochure, Flyer for the upcoming September 4th Solar Tour, and future directions.

Harriet Schmidt, Elisabeth Kovac, Eric Chan, Henry Tibensky, Ekaterina Ananyeva, Roma Stibravy (President), Maritza Struyvenberg, Karon Sham Poo, (left to right)

Harriet Schmidt, Elisabeth Kovac, Eric Chan, Henry Tibensky, Ekaterina Ananyeva, Roma Stibravy (President), Maritza Struyvenberg, Karon Sham Poo, (left to right)

Jul 312014

We were working hard on our Newsletter on July 25th, to later send it out to our Contact list. The brochure for the Website has been in development for the last few weeks, and we are very proud of the progress, so we decided to also have some fun with it!

Yanan Zhang, Tian Wang, Alina Leuca, Ekaterina Ananyeva, Roma Stibravy (President), Asher Talerman, (left to right)

Yanan Zhang, Tian Wang, Alina Leuca, Ekaterina Ananyeva, Roma Stibravy (President), Asher Talerman, (left to right)

Jul 192014

NGO Sustainability Inc.

Board Meeting May 29th, 2014

Offices of Eric Chan, ECCO Designphoto 1

In attendance

Board Members – Harriet Schmidt, Elisabeth Kovac, Eric Chan, Jesse Pichel, Maritza Struyvenburg, Roma Stibravy

Observers – Jeurgen Hess, Eric Engler, David Sklar, Henri Talerman

Intern – Asher Talerman

1 – Introduction of Guests

2 – Greeting of President

3 – Minutes last Board Meeting

4 – Treasurer’s Report

5 – NGO Sustainability’s Consultative Status – Report by Maritza

6 – Update of Bylaws – Elizabeth and Maritza

7 – Update on April 29th 2014 Event – Harriet

8 – Update on the Solar Industry – Jesse

- Discussion by all members on renewable energy’s prospects for the near future around the world

9 – Update on Brazil Invitation – James

10 – Solar Lantern – Eric

11 – Negotiations with Shawn Miller

12 – Upcoming Second Annual Fundraiser – Matthew


Meeting Adjourned 9:01 pm



Jul 192014

Press Release
Sept. 16, 2010, 8:30 a.m. EDT · Recommend · Post:
Bank of America Ahead of Plan on 10-Year, $20 Billion Environmental Business Initiative
Environmental Progress Report Details $8.4 Billion Directed toward Addressing Climate Change

CHARLOTTE, Sep 16, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) — In a report issued today, Bank of America announced it is ahead of schedule on its 10-year, $20 billion business initiative focused on addressing climate change, launched in 2007. Through June 2010, Bank of America has directed $8.4 billion through lending, investing, capital markets activity, philanthropy and the company’s own operations. Details can be found in Bank of America’s 2010 Environmental Progress Report at
“One way Bank of America helps set opportunity in motion for clients and communities is by financing renewable and energy efficiency technologies and projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Anne M. Finucane, Global Strategy and Marketing officer and chair of Bank of America’s Environmental Council. “As an organization, we believe we can help address climate change and spur economic recovery by creating new businesses, technologies and jobs. Even in this challenging economy, the momentum we’re seeing demonstrates that strong demand for capital, service and expertise in this sector continues to present a compelling business opportunity.”
The $20 billion environmental business initiative is comprised of hundreds of transactions in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Canada and markets across Asia and Europe. The 2010 report provides an update on the company’s progress toward its environmental goals, commitments and activities including:
– $2.8 billion in commercial real estate banking, financing projects relating to LEED(R) (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, ENERGY STAR, brownfield redevelopment and the use of renewable energy tax credits.
– $2.8 billion in equity and debt capital raised to help facilitate clients’ climate change initiatives.
– $2.2 billion in equipment financing for energy efficiency projects and renewable energy projects in solar, wind, biomass and biofuel technologies for both utilities and end users.
– $265 million in private equity investments for innovative companies addressing climate change issues.
– $233 million invested in corporate workplace energy and resource efficiency initiatives for Bank of America facilities and LEED certification for all new construction office facilities and banking centers.
– $102 million in transactions that have financed emission reductions in the global carbon markets.
– $21 million in philanthropic support for nonprofit organizations focused on addressing climate change and other environmental opportunities.
In addition, Bank of America Merrill Lynch has provided industry-leading advice to clients on more than $2 billion in low-carbon energy and clean energy mergers, acquisitions and other financial transactions on behalf of both large and small renewable energy companies.
The company also has taken measurable actions to reduce and report on the environmental impact of its own operations. Notably, as a member of the EPA Climate Leaders program, the bank reduced its absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 18 percent over its 2004 benchmark, doubling a goal set five years ago.
Bank of America
Bank of America is one of the world’s largest financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small- and middle-market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk management products and services. The company provides unmatched convenience in the United States, serving approximately 57 million consumer and small business relationships with 5,900 retail banking offices, more than 18,000 ATMs and award-winning online banking with 29 million active users. Bank of America is among the world’s leading wealth management companies and is a global leader in corporate and investment banking and trading across a broad range of asset classes, serving corporations, governments, institutions and individuals around the world. Bank of America offers industry-leading support to approximately 4 million small business owners through a suite of innovative, easy-to-use online products and services. The company serves clients through operations in more than 40 countries. Bank of America Corporation stock (BAC 13.51, -0.04, -0.30%) is a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
SOURCE: Bank of America
Reporters May Contact:
Britney Sheehan, Bank of America, 1.206.358.7563