Addressing our built environment is a critical component of the battle against climate change. According to the Urban Green Council, nearly 70 percent of carbon emissions in New York City are generated by existing buildings, the vast majority of which will still be standing in 2050.
Successful housing policy is based on long-term planning and stability. Real estate requires consistent resources – all parties involved in creating new homes need to know that funding will be available not just today, but over several years. That is why the last five-year housing plan was so successful: it created a steady roadmap for the industry to follow.
Climate crises across the country—record heat waves, wildfires and flooding—have pushed climate to the forefront of corporate agendas. At the same time, companies are being held accountable for their actions to fix systemic racism at the community level.
In tightly-packed places like New York City, home to more than 6,000 high-rises, many of the effects of urban canyons and urban heat are unavoidable, said John Mandyck, CEO of Urban Green Council in New York City.
“Every IPCC report is a call to action,” said John Mandyck, CEO of Urban Green Council, a New York-based nonprofit that advocates for sustainable buildings. “What makes this one different is the sobering nature.”