With mostly small and midsized landlords in some of the hardest-hit areas of New York City left to foot a huge bill to recover from Hurricane Ida, the industry is putting pressure on the government to improve infrastructure and provide incentives, financing options and support to get more buildings where they need to be for the city to withstand climate events.
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.
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.”