Mayor de Blasio to highlight city's 'Green New Deal' at Earth Day event

Adam Warner
April 22, 2019 - 8:17 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Monday is Earth Day and Mayor Bill de Blasio will mark the occasion by celebrating the city’s version of the “Green New Deal” at an event in Long Island City.

The mayor will be at Hunters Point Park to discuss the implementation of a package of bills called the Climate Mobilization Act.

Among other things, the legislation requires most large buildings – those over 25,000 square feet – to become more energy efficient, with a goal of reducing emissions significantly over the next 30 years. New York is the first city in the country to make such a requirement. 

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Council Speaker Corey Johnson talked about the goals of the package when it was passed last week.

“These large buildings are responsible for 30 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions in New York City,” Johnson said. “This would lower those emissions by 40 percent by 2030 and 80 percent by 2050.”

The legislation also implements a new bureaucracy at the Department of Buildings – the Office of Building Energy and Emissions Performance – to oversee the effort.

There will be some exemptions, including for hospitals and rent regulated housing. Landlords that have financial hardships will also get help.

“If a building owner is suffering a true financial hardship or has made good faith efforts to buy green energy credits, only to find out they can’t get them for instance, the office can be empowered to help them out,” Councilmember Costa Constantinides said.

The real estate industry says it will cost them a lot to retrofit their buildings, but if they don’t they’ll face hefty fines.

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