FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 3, 2011
STATEMENT OF MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG ON PRESIDENT OBAMA'S BETTER BUILDINGS INITIATIVE
"President Obama's energy efficiency agenda is ambitious, his plan will spur improvements that pay for themselves through lower utility bills and help clean the environment, I look forward to working with him on it. The Better Buildings Program also recognizes the critical role that cities play in fostering energy efficiency and I hope that it will inspire and empower local governments to create innovative programs to save energy and money.
"New York City has already launched many of the initiatives proposed as part of the Better Buildings Program, which will help us achieve our PlaNYC goal of a 30 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. Seventeen of our universities have joined a challenge to reduce their emissions by 30 percent by 2017, and as part of our Greener, Greater Buildings Plan, we require public benchmarking for large buildings and certain improvements, which will spur private sector investments. Our ongoing effort to update our building code, which will require significant energy and resource efficiencies for new construction and retrofit projects, will enable New York to compete in the President's 'Race for Green.'"
Stu Loeser / Jason Post (212) 788-2958
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