“We understand that this is costly,” says John Mandyck, CEO of the Urban Green Council, which advocated for Local Law 97. “But we’re doing this for a reason. We’re doing it to protect our city from the impacts of climate change.”
The Real Deal caught up with Urban Green CEO John Mandyck to discuss New York’s milestone climate policy, climate tech’s potential to create healthier and more equitable neighborhoods and Urban Green’s vision for a market to trade carbon credits.
“These are very complicated issues. We need to make sure proper resources are in place for the Department of Buildings to do the analysis and do the job,” Urban Green CEO John Mandyck said. “Training is necessary to upgrade job skills throughout the city to upgrade the efficiency for buildings for sure.”
In Brooklyn, construction is underway for a 7-mile pipeline meant to reinforce the city’s natural gas system. Environmental activists have waged countless protests against the project run by National Grid—gaining political allies, including Mayor Bill de Blasio, who announced opposition in December.