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NYC Carbon Challenge for Commercial Offices
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NYC Carbon Challenge for Commercial Offices

In 2013, 11 global companies with office space in New York City joined the Carbon Challenge, launched jointly between the City and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). Commercial buildings account for 21% of New York City's emissions, and the energy used in interior offices and leased spaces accounts for between 40-60% of end use in a typical commercial office building. The participating companies are focusing on using energy more efficiently in their interior office spaces and leased spaces through innovative strategies such as IT efficiency, lighting controls, and space layout optimization. All together, these 11 companies have already reduced their New York City-based GHG emissions from their respective base years by more than 40,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent.

Current participants

  • American International Group
  • BlackRock
  • Bloomberg LP
  • Credit Suisse
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Google
  • Goldman Sachs
  • JetBlue
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • Kirkland & Ellis, LLP
  • PVH Corp.

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Press and Announcements
Mayor Bloomberg, NYSERDA President Frank Murray, and executives from ten leading corporations announce commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent in ten years

External Press
Crain's New York – April 18, 2013
National Geographic – April 18, 2013
Wall Street Journal – April 18, 2013
The Huffington Post – April 22, 2013
New York Daily News – April 19, 2013
AM New York– April 21, 2013
Staten Island Live – April 19, 2013
New York 1 – April 18, 2013
The Village Voice – April 19, 2013
The Verge – April 18, 2013
Gothamist – April 18, 2013
Environmental Leader – April 19, 2013
NRDC – April 18, 2013

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