New York Governor Cuomo Unveils $30 Million Zero-Carbon Buildings Initiative
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has launched an initiative to advance the design, construction and operation of low- or zero-carbon emitting buildings in the state.
The launched $30 million “Buildings of Excellence” competition is part of efforts by the state to convert New York’s entire building stock to be carbon neutral
The aim is to reduce consumer energy bills and the state’s carbon emissions whilst providing residents with healthy and affordable living and working spaces.
The launch comes at a time New Yorkers pay about $35 billion annually for electricity and heating fuels, and buildings account for 59% of statewide greenhouse gas emissions
The program supports the governor’s Green New Deal formed to increase the state’s clean energy portfolio and jobs.
New York has set a target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 40% below 1990 levels and to generate 70% of its total energy from renewables by 2030.
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