Gallery: 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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  1. Phil Henshaw December 31, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    I takes a long time to change things, and longer to fix the mistakes when you don’t get it right the first time. Plans like this one for responding to the limits of the earth, do it with more efficient growth, and that’s been the standard model of sustainability for 40 years,sustaining growth at all costs. Yep, that’s been the reality of our telling ourselves little deceptions, saving some energy with one thing and multiplying our uses of energy with other things.

    Really, it’s not to bum you out that I mention that it’s actually well established 150 year old economics that improving efficiency typically makes using energy easier, so everyone uses more. That’s also exactly what’s been happening too, and provides an answer to the puzzle of why everyone has wanted consumption to go down but it has just gone up ever faster. We’re not being serious about this.

    A few people have actually thought that spelled failure for our efforts to reign in our impacts on the earth. The past 50 years of saying we were heading in one direction but going in the opposite as fast as we could has cause a lot of damage to undo. In a 500 year project we can say “oops…” and realize that 50 years of misguided effort was just our first try. The numbers are so very bad and getting so very much worse faster than expected, we better get it right the second time, though! There’s more at:

  2. aokid3 December 10, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    I think that this is a step in the right direction. I am very happy that this plan passed. Since New York is such a major city I think that other cities will see how much of an improvement they are making and will follow after them. It is so important that this plan passed, people need to realize the global warming issues that we are facing.

  3. aokid3 December 10, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    I think that this is a step in the right direction. It is awesome that this plan passed. I think it is important that New York did this because it is such a large city and hopefully other cities will follow the good measures that New York is taking. I hope that people realize how important this plan is and just how much it is going to help the environment.

  4. Kirsten Corsaro December 10, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    Good news. I wonder how this will inspire other cities.

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