As office landlords install hospital-grade air filters to lure tenants back, some worry they are putting the city’s emissions targets out of reach. The building emission reductions required under Local Law 97 — the centerpiece of a May 2019 legislative package known as the Climate Mobilization Act — could conflict with owners’ efforts to keep their buildings virus-free.
As summer heat waves converge with a surging pandemic and an impending economic collapse, energy-efficient homes are becoming particularly critical to Americans’ well-being. New York’s state government, for its part, is eyeing a long-term solution to this conundrum.
Can a city of over eight million really switch to renewable power? Urban Green Council’s 2020 conference, Unlocking the Grid: Getting Renewables to NYC, explored just that. Aiming to bridge the divide between skepticism and aspiration, experts across four panels discussed the advancements and impediments to NYC’s renewable future.