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Mayor drives NYC buildings to adopt sustainable practices

Mayor's Office announces new sustainable emissions standards after Earth Day
  • The new proposals fall under One City: Built to Last, a 10-year green building plan designed to reduce private sector building emissions 30 percent by 2025.
  • One City: Built to Last is a part of a broader program, OneNYC -- the mayor’s strategy to reduce citywide emissions by 80 percent by 2050.
  • NYC is now requiring city-owned buildings to be designed as low energy buildings, and existing requirements for benchmarking, lighting upgrades and sub-metering are expanding.
  • Along with other regulations, the city is now requiring stores to improve burner controls for boilers, cover open freezers and refrigerators, seal roof vents and more.

As part of cumulative efforts to reduce greenhouse emissions by 2.7 million metric tons, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a series of new energy initiatives for all building types, sizes and uses in New York City. According to the Mayor’s office, buildings account for nearly three-quarters of all emissions in the Big Apple. The new proposals fall under One City: Built to Last, a 10-year green building plan designed to reduce private sector building emissions 30 percent by 2025. Promoted by the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability in April via the Sustainability Boot Camp for landlords and building managers, most of the goals involved retrofitting public and private buildings, while reducing operating expenses and creating jobs. One City: Built to Last is a part of a broader program, OneNYC -- the mayor’s strategy to reduce citywide emissions by 80 percent by 2050. De Blasio hopes these programs will not only reduce negative impact on the environment, but create an estimated 1...