LaGuardia Community College, located in Long Island City, Queens, was founded in 1971 as a bold experiment in opening the doors of higher education to all, and the College proudly carries forward that legacy today. LaGuardia educates students through over 50 degree, certificate, and continuing education programs, providing an inspiring place for students to achieve their dreams. Part of the City University of New York (CUNY), LaGuardia is a nationally recognized leader among community colleges for boundary-breaking success educating underserved students.
LaGuardia Community College’s Division of Adult and Continuing Education (ACE) has a distinguished record in serving the community and fostering economic growth. ACE at LaGuardia is the largest continuing education program at a public college in New York City. Offering a wide variety of programs that reflect the diversity of adult, family, community, and business needs in the Borough of Queens, ACE provides quality instruction and services for more than 32,000 continuing education students and clients per year. Through public and private funding and employer contracts, ACE has developed programs for a wide spectrum of the community. ACE serves new job seekers, incumbent workers and professionals, low-income residents, recent immigrants, out-of-school and incarcerated youth, and new and existing businesses.
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 the northeast corner of Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens, QBG is a private, nonprofit institution that serves one of the most ethnically diverse counties in the United States. Nearly 200,000 people, speaking more than 140 languages and dialects visited the Garden last year. QBG is a resource for the Queens community, providing its visitors with the beauty of its gardens and a range of educational programs and events for adults and school children including classes, concerts, tours, and workshops.
QBG has emerged as a leader in sustainable design. Its award-winning Visitor & Administration Center achieved Platinum LEED® certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The Garden was also named as a Great Public Space in the American Planning Association’s 2009 Great Places in America program.
The Association for Energy Affordability is dedicated to achieving energy efficiency in new and existing buildings in order to foster and maintain affordable and healthy housing and communities, especially those of low-income. AEA representatives engage in a broad range of educational, technical and construction management activities and services to promote this mission and develop the industry that advances and sustains it. AEA’s services include energy audits, modeling, project work scope and specification development, construction management, benchmarking and energy usage monitoring, and green building design services for high performance new construction.
Beginning in the early 1990s, AEA has provided training, program design, and implementation services for Weatherization, utility and NYSERDA-funded energy-efficiency programs – including serving as both a technical services provider and direct services subgrantee for the Weatherization Assistance Program in New York State. AEA has been involved in a number of research and development projects. AEA serves residential and commercial properties, but specializes in delivering energy efficiency to multifamily properties, including affordable housing.