The Empire Building Challenge has two chief economic benefits: New York could become a global leader in scalable low-carbon retrofits for big buildings, and generate thousands of green jobs in the process. Opportunities to get retrained and transition into green collar jobs are coming. But how many jobs could these retrofits create and what skills will new recruits need?
The Sustainable Action Matters podcast is breaking down the basics of electrification, from new technologies to consumer adoption. In Part One, Urban Green's Associate Director of Research Sean Brennan joined to talk about the role of heat pumps in electrifying large buildings.
Mandyck’s experience speaks to how the ongoing revolution in sustainable building technologies — better energy efficiency, measuring energy usage and even carbon emissions, and electrifying heat and air conditioning systems — requires increased investment in both technology and education.
“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.”