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Through the retrofit, Henry Street aims to save at least 25 percent on energy costs, money which would be used to implement the Settlement's social services in the community.

Henry Street launched its green renovation last year, working with the Municipal Arts Society (MAS) to create a plan that would allow the Settlement to upgrade its aging buildings, built in 1827, on a budget. The goal is to create a model, complete with a comprehensive handbook, that will allow other small businesses to retrofit their properties without breaking the bank. Architect Michael Kriegh of the Pratt Center is leading the project, which began with a series of energy audits from ConEd, NYSERDA, and a private energy auditor.

From these audits and consultations with several other green building experts, Henry Street and MAS identified the most important issues. Topping the list is the need for a more energy-efficient heating and cooling system. Old buildings are notorious for inconsistent, energy-hogging heating systems, and Henry Street, like most old NYC buildings, has ill-placed radiators that make it impossible to easily regulate the temperature.

New lighting is also a top priority, and ConEd recommended upgrading the interior fixtures and swapping inefficient incandescent bulbs for compact-fluorescents. On our recent visit to Henry Street, we saw that this simple step has already been taken by the Settlement, as spiral CFLs were visible in many of the fixtures. Additionally, ConEd suggested installing motion sensors so the lights only come on when someone is near them.

Henry Street and MAS also identified the need for greater awareness in employees and visitors about the relationship between energy conservation and personal behavior. They want the process to be fun and educational, so it will improve the overall experience and lifestyle at Henry Street. With these priorities in mind, the group outlined a road map for implementing the changes, using LEED certification as a framework. Short, medium, and long-term tasks were decided upon in categories of lighting, energy, indoor environment quality, site and building exterior, and water.

Through the retrofit, Henry Street aims to save at least 25 percent on energy costs, money which would be used to implement the Settlement’s social services in the community. You can help make this happen by voting for the Henry Street Settlement in the Partners and Preservation program, which is giving away $3 million to historic sites in NYC. You can vote every day until May 21st, when the votes will be tallied and the top four sites will each receive $250,000. The remainder of the money will be split between other sites.

Stop by Henry Street this Sunday, May 6 for a free block party to celebrate the 145th birthday of Lillian Wald. From noon to 3 p.m., there will be old-fashioned street games, free tours of the Settlement, refreshments (including cupcakes!), music, arts and crafts, and a birthday cake baking contest. See Henry Street’s website for all the details.

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All photos © Jessica Dailey for Inhabitat

. . This post is sponsored by Partners in Preservation. Inhabitat has partnered with the program as a blog ambassador to help spread the word and raise awareness of select historical sites throughout New York City. All opinions expressed here are strictly the author’s.

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  1. vitthalrao.khyade@gmail... March 8, 2014 at 10:54 am

    Science Association, Shardabai Pawar Mahila Mahavidyalaya, Shardanagar, Malegaon(Baramati) Dist. Pune – 413115.

    “Dr. APIS” SCIENCE LEAFLET
    10 March: Birth Anniversary of
    Lilian D. Wald

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    Lillian D. Wald (March 10, 1867 – September 1, 1940) was an American nurse, humanitarian and author. She was known for contributions to human rights and was the founder of American community nursing. She founded the Henry Street Settlement and was an early advocate for nursing in schools.
    After growing up in Ohio and New York, Wald became a nurse. She briefly attended medical school and began to teach community health classes. After founding the Henry Street Settlement, she became an activist for the rights of women and minorities. She campaigned for suffrage and was a supporter of racial integration. She was involved in the founding of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
    Wald was born into a German-Jewish middle-class family in Cincinnati, Ohio; her father was an optical dealer. In 1878, she moved with her family to Rochester, New York. She attended Miss Cruttenden’s English-French Boarding and Day School for Young Ladies. She applied to Vassar College at the age of 16, but the school thought her too young. In 1889, she attended New York Hospital’s School of Nursing. She graduated from the New York Hospital Training School for Nurses in 1891, then took courses at the Woman’s Medical College.[2]
    Nursing career:
    Wald worked for a time at the New York Juvenile Asylum, an orphanage where conditions were poor. By 1893, she left medical school and started to teach a home class on nursing for poor immigrant families on New York City’s Lower East Side. Shortly thereafter, she began to care for sick Lower East Side residents as a visiting nurse. Along with another nurse, Mary Brewster, she moved into a spartan room near her patients, in order to care for them better. Around that time she coined the term “public health nurse” to describe nurses whose work is integrated into the public community.
    Wald founded the Henry Street Settlement. The organization attracted the attention of prominent Jewish philanthropist Jacob Schiff, who secretly provided Wald the means to more effectively help the “poor Russian Jews” whose care she provided. She had 27 nurses on staff by 1906, and she succeeded in attracting broader financial support from such gentiles as Elizabeth Milbank Anderson. By 1913 the staff had grown to 92 people. The Henry Street Settlement eventually expanded into the Visiting Nurse Service of New York.
    Wald advocated for nursing in public schools, and her ideas led the New York Board of Health to organize the first public nursing system in the world. She was the first president of the National Organization for Public Health Nursing. Wald established a nursing insurance partnership with Metropolitan Life Insurance Company that became a model for many other corporate projects. She suggested a national health insurance plan and helped to found the Columbia University School of Nursing.[2] Wald authored two books relating to her community health work, The House on Henry Street (1911) and Windows on Henry Street (1934).
    Community outreach and advocacy:
    Wald also taught women how to cook and sew, provided recreational activities for families, and was involved in the labor movement. Out of her concern for women’s working conditions, she helped to found the Women’s Trade Union League in 1903 and later served as a member of the executive committee of the New York City League. In 1910, Wald and several colleagues went on a six-month tour of Hawaii, Japan, China, and Russia, a trip that increased her involvement in worldwide humanitarian issues.[3]
    In 1915, Wald founded the Henry Street Neighborhood Playhouse. She was an early leader of the Child Labor Committee, which became the National Child Labor Committee (NCLC).[2] The group lobbied for federal child labor laws and promoted childhood education. In the 1920s, the organization proposed an amendment to the U.S. constitution that would have banned child labor.
    Wald was also concerned about the treatment of African-Americans. As a civil rights activist, Wald insisted that all Henry Street classes be racially integrated. In 1909, she co-founded the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). The first major public conference to create the organization opened with a meeting at the Henry Street Settlement.
    Wald organized New York City campaigns for suffrage, marched to protest the United States’ entry into World War I, joined the Woman’s Peace Party and helped to establish the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. In 1915 she was elected president of the newly formed American Union Against Militarism (AUAM). She remained involved with the AUAM’s daughter organizations, the Foreign Policy Organization and the American Civil Liberties Union, after the United States joined the war.
    Later life:
    Wald never married. She died of a cerebral hemorrhage on September 1, 1940. A rabbi conducted a service at Henry Street’s Neighborhood Playhouse. A private memorial service was also held at Wald’s home. A few months later at Carnegie Hall, over 2,000 people gathered at a tribute to Wald that included messages delivered by the president, governor and mayor.[3] She was interred at Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester.
    Legacy:
    The New York Times named Wald as one of the 12 greatest living American women in 1922 and she later received the Lincoln Medallion for her work as an “Outstanding Citizen of New York.”[2] In 1937 a radio broadcast celebrated Wald’s 70th birthday, Sara Delano Roosevelt read a letter from her son, President Franklin Roosevelt, in which he praised Wald for her “unselfish labor to promote the happiness and well being of others.” Wald was elected to the Hall of Fame for Great Americans in 1970.
    A BBYO chapter in north Florida, Waldflowers (BBG #326), was later named after Wald. The Lillian Wald Houses on Avenue D in Manhattan were named for her.
    References:
    1. Philips, Deborah (1999). “Healthy Heroines: Sue Barton, Lillian Wald, Lavinia Lloyd Dock and the Henry Street Settlement”. Journal of American Studies 33 (1): pp. 65–82. doi:10.1017/S0021875898006070.
    2. Lillian D. Wald biography, National Women’s History Museum website and newsletter. Retrieved February 20, 2010
    3. Women of Valor exhibit on Lillian Wald at the Jewish Women’s Archive
    4. New York Times. May 25, 1916. p. 16.
    5. “The Origins of Public Health Nursing: The Henry Street Visiting Nurse Service”. American Journal of Public Health 100 (7): 1206-1207. July 2010. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2009.186049. Retrieved March 8, 2013.
    6. “National Child Labor Committee”. Women Working, 1800-1930. Harvard University Library Open Collections Program. Retrieved March 8, 2013.
    7. ^ “AAHN Gravesites of Prominent Nurses: Lillian D. Wald”. American Association for the History of Nursing, Inc. Retrieved March 8, 2013.
    8. ^ “The MCA Hall of Fame for Great Americans Collectors Guide”. Medal Collectors of America. Retrieved March 8, 2013.
    9. ^ “NYCHA Housing Developments”. New York City Housing Authority. Retrieved March 8, 2013.
    10. International Science Congress Association, Indore ( http://www.isca.org ).

    File: Dr.APIS.10.March@Wald
    Compiled For :
    Science Association, Shardabai Pawar Mahila Mahavidyalaya, Shardanagar; Tal. BaramatiDist. Pune – 413115 (India).

    With the Best Compliments From: Shardanagar (The Agro – academic Heritage of Grandsire Padmashri Dr. D. G. Alias Appasaheb Pawar).

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