at a glance

Sustainable United Neighborhoods (SUN) is a 501(c)(3), chapter-driven sustainability organization seeking to build communities and advance the green economy through public awareness, implementation, and workforce development, particularly in LMI & Environmental Justice zones.

Pictured, LtoR, Erica Helson (NYCEDC), Ryan Baxter (NYSERDA), Margaret Margaux (Willdan), and SUN Co-Founder, Ricardo Lopez.

a non-profit still needs a business model

SUN funds it programs & offerings through a variety of channels:

  • fee for service
  • job placements fee
  • consulting services: sustainability, training, program development
  • sales contracts
  • grants
  • corporate & foundational
  • private donors

funding vehicles


Currently pursuing several programs:

  • Green Jobs
  • Energy Efficiency Internships
  • Real-time Energy Management
  • Public Transportation Technology and Innovation
  • REV Campus Challenge (with university partners)


LMI Outreach and Sales contracts


Seeking funding for "La Marqueta" and other public institution improvements

Heritage Radio Network

Corporate sponsorship vehicle for community-based programming on North America's largest food radio network. SUN is developing "La Marqueta Radio" in partnership with the Moore Street Market.


SUN has 5 fundraisers over the next 6 months, with partners including:

  • Pratt Design Corps
  • Moore Street Market Merchants Association
  • Arte LaTam
  • Brooklyn Puerto Rican Parade

possible ways to assist

SUN's Legislative Advocacy

  • Introduce a 'green corridor improvement' companion bill
  • NYSERDA's Clean Energy Community sample legislation
  • "Grandfather Clause" for La Marqueta vendors / NYC Public Markets

additional opportunities

Develop an event that highlights legislative environmental agenda

Coordinate joint-hosted resource or job fairs

Attend SUN and the Moore Street Alliance's upcoming events, as schedule permits

Possible letters of support for grant making

who are we talking to

  • NYS Attorney General
  • NYC Public Advocate
  • NYC Comptroller
  • Mayor's Office of Sustainability
  • NYC Parks
  • Brooklyn BPO
  • Brooklyn Community Board 1
  • NYPD 83rd & 90th Precincts
  • Graham Avenue BID

partners & commitments

  • Pratt Institute’s Design Corps (Contract with)
  • Boricua College (MOU pending)
  • Williamsburg High School for Architecture and Design
energy sector
  • US Green Buildings Council (Teaming Agreement "T")
  • Green Jobs Training Center (T)
  • Energy Economic Development Corporation (Contract)
  • Euclid Training (T)
  • Kawi Energy (T)
  • JR3 Contracting (T)
  • Site Energy (T)
  • Willdan (Contract for)
sustainable design
  • Pratt's Department of Buildings & Interior Design (T)
  • Climate Justice Initiative (MOU Pending)
  • Open Architecture NY (MOU)
  • U-Hope Consulting (T)
social, cultural & philanthropic
  • Assemblea del Pueblo (MOU / "M")
  • Arte LaTam (M)
  • Brooklyn Museum (MOU Pending)
  • Brooklyn Puerto Rican Parade (T)
  • Bushwick Podcast (M)
  • Filomeno Family Foundation (M)
  • League of United Latin American Citizen (LULAC), Brooklyn Chapter (M)
  • Asociación Uniendo Fuerzas Formamos Futuro, Galapagos Islands (M)
  • Your Network Community Care Advocates (T)
business & commercial
  • Bushwick Generator (M)
  • Graham Avenue BID “Brooklyn’s Avenue of Puerto Rico” (M)
  • Moore Street Market Merchants Association (SUN is "Preferred CBO Partner" & Fiscal Sponsor)
  • State Coalition of Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (T)

and who exactly is SUN?

SUN was co-founded by an Ecuadorian immigrant and energy efficiency specialist, Ricardo Lopez, and 2 first-generation Americans, a psych nurse & chef, Barb Pangilinan, and a former congressional & gubernatorial staffer and grant writer, Jay Solly.

Our board is composed of workforce development experts, developers, and local business leaders (including the President of the NY State Coalition of Hispanic Chambers). We call upon an advisory council of subject matter gurus in architecture, environmental justice, and art access.

SUN currently has projects at the local, city, state, regional, and international levels, with chapters launching mid to late 2019 in:

  • Albany, NY
  • Trenton, NJ
  • The Galapagos, Ecuador
  • Nairobi, Kenya.
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