From: Community Environmental Center
Published June 24, 2013 12:35 AM


Two Queens nonprofit agencies dedicated to sustainability, the Community Environmental Center and Queens Botanical Garden, will partner to host the Community Environmental Center EcoHouse at the Garden in July and August.

Queens, NY – The Community Environmental Center (CEC) and Queens Botanical Garden, two Queens nonprofit organizations committed to sustainability, have announced that they will co-host the Community Environmental Center EcoHouse at the Garden. The EcoHouse, a mobile, interactive, environmental education center, will be open to visitors from July 3 through August 30.

The QBG Parking Garden, where the exhibit will be housed, is located at 42-80 Crommelin Street in Flushing, near College Point Blvd.   The Community Environmental Center EcoHouse will be open during the same hours as the Garden, Tuesday-Sunday, 8am- 6pm, including July 4.  Both the Garden and EcoHouse are wheelchair accessible. 

Admission to the Garden is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and $2 for students with ID and children ages 3-12. Free for QBG members.  Admission to the Garden is free on Wednesdays 3 PM – 6 PM, and Sundays 4 PM to 6 PM. For more information about the Garden:   718-886-3800 and and for information about group tours of the EcoHouse: 718-784-1444, ext. 181 or

Said Richard Cherry, CEC’s founder and president, “Queens Botanical Garden is not only one of the loveliest sites in the great Borough of Queens, it is also a stalwart supporter of sustainability in our daily lives. The Community Environmental Center EcoHouse, which educates people of all ages about saving energy and protecting the natural world around us, is in excellent hands.”

Susan Lacerte, Executive Director of Queens Botanical Garden, concurred.  “This is the
perfect partnership!  The EcoHouse will bring important information to our many visitors about how each of us can live in more environmentally responsible ways in our daily lives.”

Community Environmental Center (CEC), the Queens nonprofit that brings energy efficiency to residential buildings and homes throughout New York City, designed and built the EcoHouse in 2012. CEC has brought the EcoHouse to every borough in the city, and approximately 6,000 people have already toured its many sustainability displays.

Resembling a red-brick house-on-wheels, the 46-foot-long EcoHouse contains displays about energy-efficient lighting, water conservation, energy-efficient appliances, heating and cooling systems – and many other energy-efficient devices and measures for one’s home or apartment. 

“We can bring sustainability to houses and apartment buildings,” says CEC’s Richard Cherry, “but unless the people who live in them understand why it’s vital to have nontoxic cellulose insulation behind the walls, or why ENERGY STAR refrigerators are good for the environment – then we haven’t really done our job. The EcoHouse is a fun, accessible way for everyone in a family to learn how their home works and how they can save energy, save money and protect the environment – all at the same time.”

Community Environmental Center and Queens Botanical Garden will hold a press conference on July 17, to celebrate the EcoHouse at the Garden. The EcoHouse is supported by generous funds from NYSERDA and National Grid Foundation, and by the sponsorship of A.S.K. Construction.

About Community Environmental Center (CEC): CEC, a Queens-based nonprofit that recently won the EPA’s prestigious 2013 Environmental Quality Award, brings energy efficiency to residential buildings and homes in the tri-state area. Founded by Richard Cherry in 1994, the company is the largest provider of weatherization under New York State’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). For more information, please visit and or call 718-784-1444.

Queens Botanical Garden is an urban oasis where people, plants and cultures are celebrated through inspiring gardens, innovative educational programs and demonstrations of environmental stewardship. Located at 43-50 Main Street in Flushing, Queens Botanical Garden is easily accessible by car, train, or bus. For travel directions and more information visit or call (718) 886-3800. Queens Botanical Garden is located on property owned by the City of New York, and its operation is made possible in part by public funds provided through the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Contact Info: Darcy Hector-Queens Botanical Garden
718-886-3800, ext. 330

Website : Community Environmental Center

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