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Group Urges UES Landlords To 'Go Green'

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Lawmakers, business leaders and community groups launched a campaign Wednesday aimed at reducing air pollution on Manhattan's Upper East Side.

They are urging landlords and co-op boards to switch to alternative, cleaner energy sources.

Last month, a report from the City's Department of Health put the air quality on The Upper East Side and in East Harlem as among the worst in the five boroughs.

The coalition says they are reaching out to the community to educate them on their options including switching to biofuel for heating and installing green roofs and energy efficient lightbulbs and appliances.

They say a move to clean fuel is a quick and easy way to make an immediate difference.

"Most of the buildings here are still burning four and six grade heating oil, some of the dirtiest fuel out there. It's basically unrefined sludge, bottom of the barrel and that really needs to be the target of this coalition, moving people off of this," said Michael Auerbach of Upper Green Side.

"We have to start somewhere and this is a simple concrete thing that people can do that can really make a difference," said City Councilwoman Jessica Lapin.

Lappin says she is introducing legislation to reward property owners who invest in energy saving upgrades and improvements.

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