New York’s City Council passed landmark legislation yesterday to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from existing government, commercial, and residential buildings in New York City.
The package of four bills is expected to dramatically reduce the City’s energy usage, saving consumers $700 million annually in energy costs, while creating 17,880 jobs and reducing New York City’s carbon footprint by nearly 5%.
In addition to the four pieces of legislation, the six-point Greener, Greater Buildings Plan includes two PlaNYC programs that will train workers for new construction-related jobs, and help finance energy-saving improvements using $16 million in federal stimulus funding.
The plan will also result in cleaner air, since pollution from boilers, furnaces, and local power plants will also be reduced. Learn more details about the plan.