New York City’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2017 has taken another step in the right direction. At a press conference at Rockefeller University yesterday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the expansion of the PlaNYC Carbon Challenge initiative to include ten leading global companies – American International Group, BlackRock, Bloomberg LP, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, Google, JetBlue Airways, JPMorgan Chase, and PVH. These new participants have pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at their offices by up to 40 percent over the next 10 years.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today announced the expansion of the Carbon Challenge, an initiative launched through the City’s sustainability program, PlaNYC, to encourage businesses, universities and other private organizations to cut greenhouse gas emissions,

“The Carbon Challenge is an essential partnership between the City and our businesses, universities and organizations who share our commitment to a greener, greater New York,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “I want to applaud the commitment of the 10 companies making the Carbon Challenge pledge, as well as the universities and hospitals that have already taken steps to become more efficient. Their leadership on this issue is not only going to move our city toward a more sustainable future; we also hope it will inspire others to follow suit.”

As part of the challenge, the participating institutions adopt different strategies to meet energy waste reduction on their individual campuses. The Fashion Institute of Technology, for example, was the first university to reach the Carbon Challenge goal by installing green roofs. NYU met its 30 percent greenhouse gas reduction target six years ahead of its 2017 goal through its co-generation plant, energy efficiency projects and campus-wide engagement campaigns.

Collectively, participants have reduced their emissions by 86,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide, or the equivalent of removing 18,000 vehicles from the city. Additionally, their efforts have saved $19 million in energy costs.

Learn more about how these universities and organizations are reducing their footprint in the city here.

Via NYC Gov