A lot of the changes needed to keep global heating below 1.5 degrees have to occur at a huge, international level. But nearly a fifth of carbon emissions in the U.S. come from our homes. Are there things we can do at home to help the climate crisis? And how effective are individual actions?
“If we snowplow this into 2028, there won’t be enough labor, and the building department will be under siege with permitting,” Urban Green Council CEO John Mandyck said. “It’s to people’s advantage to really plan this out.”
In the late 1990s, the New York City public housing authority, NYCHA, challenged manufacturers to design a new energy-efficient refrigerator. While suburban homeowners had their pick of energy-saving fridges, no one was selling an efficient model that was small enough for a typical urban apartment.
“We’re here today due to a simple and powerful truth: furnaces, boilers and hot water heaters emit more carbon in NYC than all uses of electricity combined,” said John Mandyck, CEO of Urban Green Council. “This law begins to change that reality — to tackle our largest source of carbon — so we get to the climate future we want with better air to breathe.”