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NYC Passes Landmark Greener Greater Buildings Plan!
Just last night, the New York City Council voted overwhelmingly to pass the Greener, Greater Buildings Plan – a package of bills aiming to reduce New York City‘s carbon emissions by almost 5%, create more than 17,000 jobs, and save New Yorkers $700 million dollars a year in energy costs (via Campaign for New York’s Future). While we were disappointed with Mayor Bloomberg’s changes to the legislation (which we detailed yesterday) before it went to the City Council, we think it is important to report that the revised plan did pass and will still require smaller improvements, oversee the creation of an energy code for buildings and require building owners to offer tenants information on their individual energy use.
Although all buildings over 50,000 square feet won’t be required to make retrofits, Donna De Costanzo, a senior attorney specializing in energy policy at the Natural Resources Defense Council said, “It’s one of the most comprehensive, aggressive efforts anywhere in the country.” (via Crain’s) That sounds a step in the right direction to combat climate change and to make New York City a greener, greater place to live!
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