FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 18, 2010
MAYOR BLOOMBERG SIGNS LEGISLATION CREATING AN INTERAGENCY GREEN TEAM AND INNOVATION REVIEW BOARD
Remarks by Mayor Bloomberg at a Public Hearing on Local Laws
"The final bill before me today is Introductory Number 77, sponsored by Council Members Gennaro, Garodnick, Chin, Fidler, Gentile, James, Lander, Lappin, Mark-Viverito, Reyna, Sanders, White, Williams, Halloran, Koo and Vann. Introductory Number 77 establishes an Interagency Green Team and Innovation Review Board to facilitate the use of new, green technologies and design and constriction techniques in New York City.
"The Interagency Green Team, under the management of the Director of the Mayor's Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability, will assist the advancement of innovative projects, technologies, and design and construction techniques in addressing City agency regulatory requirements. The Innovation Review Board, convened quarterly by the Buildings Commissioner, will review and make recommendations as to the appropriateness of the employment of such new technologies and techniques in the City of New York.
"Introductory Number 77 is also the first bill to act upon one of the 111 recommendations of the Green Codes Task Force, which the Urban Green Council established in 2008 at the request of Speaker Christine Quinn and myself to make recommendations for code amendments that could improve the sustainability of the City's built environment.
"I would like to thank Mayor's Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability Director Rohit Aggarwala, Department of Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri, and their staff along with my Office of City Legislative Affairs for working with the Council on this bill. I would also like to thank the Council for approving this legislation."
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