Mayor Bloomberg announced this week that New York’s buildings are responsible for 79% of the cities’ greenhouse gas emissions. The announcement is a first step in the Mayor’s plan to reduce the cities’ emissions by 30%. The Mayor plans to reveal further details of his proposal on Earth Day, April 22.
While New Yorkers per person generate two-thirds less greenhouse gases than the national average (less even than San Franciscans!) the fact that such a high percentage comes from their buildings means that sustainable engineering will play a major role in reducing the cities’ overall emissions.
Mr. Bloomberg also announced that the city would play host to a meeting about climate change in May, with mayors from more than 30 of the world’s largest cities, including London; Paris; Tokyo; Moscow; Istanbul; and São Paulo.
It’ll be very interesting to see what kind of clout the mayors of the world can muster around reducing global warming!
-posted by Andy M.