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The New York City Carbon Challenge
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The New York City Carbon Challenge

About the Challenge
During Climate Week 2014, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio committed to reduce New York City’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 80% below 2005 levels by 2050, becoming the largest city in the world to commit to an “80 by 50” goal. Because buildings account for nearly three-quarters of New York City’s emissions, the Mayor also released One City: Built to Last-Transforming New York City’s Buildings for a Low Carbon Future. The plan is a comprehensive, 10-year roadmap to improve the energy efficiency of the City's buildings, and sets an ambitious goal to reduce the city’s building-based GHG emissions 30% by 2025 in order to be on the pathway to 80 by 50.

We know we can't achieve our ambitious goals without the help of partners from the private sector. Since 2007, 17 of New York City’s leading universities, the 11 largest hospital organizations, 12 global companies, and 17 residential management firms have accepted the NYC Carbon Challenge, pledging to voluntarily reduce their building-based emissions by 30% or more in just ten years. In addition, 40 Broadway theatres are engaged in a range of sustainability projects through the Broadway Green Alliance.

The Carbon Challenge participants have moved aggressively in just a few years to cut their energy use and emissions. In fact, six universities and hospitals have already met the Challenge goal. All together, participants have cut their annual emissions by 190,392 metric tons of carbon and are collectively saving $174 million annually in lower energy costs. By the end of the program, current participants are projected reduce citywide emissions by nearly 600,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, roughly 1.5% of citywide emissions.
The Carbon Challenge works by inspiring a high-level commitment within organizations, creating a platform for the exchange of information and ideas, and providing simple tools to track progress along the way. As they explore new ideas and opportunities to meet the Challenge goal, participants will also reveal effective strategies for energy efficiency that can be scaled up across New York City and beyond.

Learn how these six early achievers achieved the 30% goal:

The NYC Carbon Challenge Handbook for Co-Ops and Condos

The NYC Carbon Challenge Handbook for Co-Ops and Condos is a tool for co-op and condo residents to learn how to begin reducing their building's energy use and GHG emissions. The handbook covers the basics of energy efficiency in multifamily residential buildings, the cash incentives and financing available in New York City, and the relevant local laws and regulations aimed at helping the city's buildings become more efficient.

The NYC Mayor's Carbon Challenge Handbook for Co-Ops and Condos cover

The NYC Carbon Challenge Progress Report

The NYC Carbon Challenge Progress Report, released in April 2013, details the progress of universities and hospitals since 2007 and highlights the five participants that met the Challenge goal by 2011. Building on the success of these participants, the report defines opportunities to enhance existing partnerships and expand the Challenge to new sectors as a strategy to increase the efficiency of some of New York City’s largest buildings.

New York City Mayor's Carbon Challenge Report cover

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