Sweeping Plan Calls For Carbon Pollution Reduction, Building Retrofits
NEW YORK, NY—Mayor Bill de Blasio today unveiled sweeping plans to strengthen the city’s commitment to climate change mitigation. His newly released report, One City, Built to Last: Transforming New York City’s Buildings for A Low-Carbon Future, is an unprecedented commitment to retrofitting the city’s public and private buildings, and calls for an 80 percent reduction in the city’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
The following is a statement from Russell Unger, Executive Director of Urban Green Council, the premier advocate for environmentally sound building practices in the greater New York area:
"By making an 80 percent reduction in carbon pollution by 2050 an official goal, New York City moves to the head of the pack on climate change mitigation. We applaud Mayor de Blasio for setting a smart idea on a path to reality, and look forward to working with the de Blasio Administration, City Council and leaders from labor and real estate to develop the roadmap that gets us there.
“At the same time, there’s no clearer way for government to demonstrate to private landlords that advanced building retrofits are technically and economically viable than by putting its money where its mouth is—and that’s just what the Mayor is doing by mandating that every city-owned building be retrofitted within the next ten years.
“Finally, Mayor de Blasio is taking bold steps to make buildings more sustainable by setting ambitious retrofit targets—and if not met, mandates—for tens of thousands of privately owned buildings—all while creating 3,500 new jobs in construction and energy services.”