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Submitted by: GreenStar Hub
Posted: Feb 11, 2014 – 12:59 PM EST
NEW YORK, Feb. 11 /CSRwire/ - Today the New York Hispanics in Real Estate and Construction Association (HREC-NY) and GreenStar Hub (GSH) announced a partnership to collaborate on several sustainability and economic development initiatives leveraging their buying power, member networks and technology.
GSH is to provide HREC-NY and its members access to some if its technologies and green training guidelines to help them meet their goals of being at the cutting edge in sustainable construction. HREC-NY members will have access to a bidding platform that allows them to pool their projects and materials to give the members buying power as a community. Finally, GSH will also provide all HREC-NY members a free basic listing that highlights credentials (e.g., minority, women, disadvantaged, and/or veteran-owned businesses) and its GreenWall microblog platform to share sustainable best practices and views.
HREC-NY will connect GSH to its members and affiliate partners by collaborating on outreach efforts and administration of planned purchases and ad hoc group buys to leverage GSH’s aggregation technology. Finally, to better help GSH learn about HREC-NY's green needs, Chairman Peter Fontanes has nominated GSH CEO Tam Phung to join its Sustainability Committee.
Mr. Fontanes and Mr. Phung forged this partnership after realizing how both organizations can benefit from working together on training, procurement and construction projects. "I was impressed with Mr. Phung's company and his passion to help small/medium business enterprises who are underserved. GSH has built powerful technologies that will help my organization efficiently grasp and learn about the latest policies, products, credential requirements and LEED from US Green Building Council, to succeed and be competitive in the real estate industry," said Mr. Fontanes.
"Mr. Fontanes has worked hard to grow HREC-NY and build alliances with other powerful NGOs in the U.S. and overseas, such as Asia and Latin America. He has the vision and leadership to help HREC-NY leverage buying power and stay current in green construction trends. GSH is very excited about our collaboration and opportunity to expand our network of buyers and contribute on HREC-NY's sustainability committee," said Mr. Phung.
About New York Hispanics in Real Estate and Construction Association:
The New York Hispanics in Real Estate and Construction Association is a nonprofit organization founded in 1992 by a group of Hispanic business owners who wanted to sharpen their acumen with respect to real estate endeavors in New York State. It is an affiliate state chapter of the National Hispanic Construction Association (NHCA). The NHCA has 10 chapters in all major metropolitan areas and is one of the fastest growing organizations representing one of the largest workforces and REIT's and billions of dollars of spend and investments in construction and real estate in the US. www.hrecny.com
About GreenStar Hub:
GreenStar Hub (GSH) is a group buy marketplace and bidding platform for sustainable products and services. GSH serves businesses and governments. GSH maintain databases of certifications, tenders opportunities, building materials and policies. GSH uses its proprietary GreenStar Rating to score products and companies. Certification is awarded once third party certifications are verified. This assessment tool is intended to give the buyer an idea if something is considered green by existing standards. EnergyStar, EPEAT, EcoSense, Cradle to Cradle, UL and LEED are just a few examples of certifications used. GSH technologies also help member communities share best practices and buy together to save. International patents are pending for GSH's aggregated group buy, content management platform and mobile platform. Visit www.greenstarhub.com for more information.
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