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NYC Passes Landmark Greener Greater Buildings Plan!

Posted By Olivia Chen On December 10, 2009 @ 10:55 am In New York City,Sustainable Building | 4 Comments

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Just last night, the New York City Council voted overwhelmingly to pass the Greener, Greater Buildings Plan [1] – a package of bills aiming to reduce New York City [2]‘s carbonĀ emissions by almost 5%, create more than 17,000 jobs, and saveĀ New Yorkers [2] $700 million dollars a year in energy costs (via Campaign for New York’s Future [3]). While we were disappointed with Mayor Bloomberg’s changes to the legislation (which we detailed yesterday [4]) 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 [5], oversee the creation of an energy code for buildings and require building owners to offer tenants information on their individual energy [6] use.

Bloomberg Talking About Greener Greater Buildings Plan [7]

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 [8] anywhere in the country.” (via Crain’s [9]) That sounds a step in the right direction to combat climate change [10] and to make New York City [2] a greener, greater place to live!

+ Greener, Greater Buildings Plan [1]


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[1] Greener, Greater Buildings Plan: http://www.nyc.gov/html/planyc2030/html/plan/buildings_plan.shtml

[2] New York City: http://www.inhabitat.com/nyc

[3] Campaign for New York’s Future: http://ga3.org/newyorksfuture/index.html

[4] which we detailed yesterday: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/12/09/nyc-mayor-bloomberg-cuts-back-on-greener-greater-buildings-plan/

[5] smaller improvements: http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20091209/FREE/912099982/1097

[6] energy: http://www.inhabitat.com/energy

[7] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/12/10/nyc-passes-landmark-greener-greater-buildings-plan/bloomberg_greenbulding_planyc-2/

[8] most comprehensive, aggressive efforts: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/08/opinion/l08emissions.html

[9] Crain’s: http://www.crainsnewyork.com/

[10] climate change: http://www.inhabitat.com/global-warming

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