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Welcome to PlaNYC Green Buildings & Energy Efficiency

In New York City, buildings make up most of our environment. To achieve most of PlaNYC's sustainability goals, we will need to make our buildings greener and more efficient. This website brings together New York City's policy initiatives on green buildings and energy efficiency. Read more


New York City Reduces Citywide Greenhouse Gas Emissions By 19 Percent
On Monday, December 30, the City released the Inventory of New York City Greenhouse Gas Emissions (December 2013), citing a 19 percent reduction of citywide greenhouse gas emissions since 2005 due to cleaner generation of electricity and steam, reduced usage of heavy heating oils, increase energy efficiency, and improved City government operations. The City also released New York City's Pathways to Deep Carbon Reductions, a report that identifies further opportunities to reduce emissions.
Read the inventory and report

Carbon Challenge Adds Ten Multifamily Residential Management Firms
Ten multifamily residential management firms became the newest participants of New York City's Carbon Challenge on Monday, December 30. The participating firms will reduce energy use and associated greenhouse gas emission from more than 200 buildings. The Carbon Challenge Handbook for Co-ops and Condos was also released to guide residents in energy efficiency measures.
Read the handbook and learn more

NYCEEC Deploys $50 Million in Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy Financing
On Monday, December 30, the New York City Energy Efficiency Corporation (NYCEEC) announced that it has financed $50 million in energy efficiency and clean energy projects that include 34 buildings under construction which are projected to result in 25,000 metric tons of carbon reductions.
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DCAS Allocates $100 Million in Accelerated Conservation & Efficiency Program
On Monday, December 30, the City announced that the Department of Citywide Administrative Services' Accelerated Conservation and Efficiency (ACE) program allocated $100 million in a first round of funding for streamlined energy efficiency and clean energy retrofits through a diverse set of capital projects. ACE has the potential to cut City operations' footprint by more than 37,000 metric tons of carbon.
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New York City and National Grid Partners with U.S. DOE to Increase Data Access
New York City and National Grid announced a partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy to increase access to data on energy use in buildings through the Better Buildings Energy Data Accelerator on Monday, December 30.
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Green Light New York Opens Energy Efficiency Resource Center
On Monday, December 30, Green Light New York (GLNY) announced the opening of its energy efficiency resource center in downtown Manhattan, at 31 Chambers Street, to provide a space for education and training around emerging energy efficient technologies.
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The New York City Greener, Greater, Buildings Plan Does my building need to be benchmarked?
Buildings over 50,000 square feet and on the compliance list are required to comply under LL84, LL87, and LL88 of the Greener, Greater Buildings Plan. Check for your building here.
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NYC Clean Heat How can I switch to cleaner heating fuel?
NYC Clean Heat seeks to improve air quality and save lives by eliminating heavy oil use and accelerating the adoption of the cleanest fuels. The program provides resources to building owners, managers, residents, and organizations to help buildings make the switch.
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NYC Carbon Challenge What are building owners doing to reduce energy use?
Dozens of New York City’s universities, hospitals, commercial firms, and multifamily buildings have joined the Carbon Challenge, a voluntary program to reduce carbon emissions by 30 percent in 10 years. Participants have reduced emissions by an average of 16 percent, and six have met the goal.
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