New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s term is ending--but the city’s investment in green building won’t cease with the changing of the administration, if a coalition of green building, real estate, labor, design, and construction leaders has its way. The group, which includes representatives from Urban Green Council, AIA NY, ASHRAE NY, Building Owners & Managers Association of Greater New York, and New York Building Congress, has released a green building roadmap for the city’s next mayor. The recommendations outline steps in three key areas of practice—health, economy, and leadership and policies—to make new and existing buildings in the city more sustainable.
The top suggestion from the group is to appoint a deputy mayor for infrastructure and sustainability and to require green building experience for commissioners and first deputy commissioners at key city agencies. Other recommendations include:
• Make schools greener through a number of code, design, budgetary, and programmatic changes
• Improve indoor and outdoor air quality by reducing pollution from boilers
• Simplify and improve processes and standards around regulation, permits, and historic preservation
• Increase partnerships and engagement between the private sector, city agencies, and utility companies
• Require tailored trainings for contractors and building personnel
• Promote high school, undergraduate, and adult education programs in energy retrofits to fill need for green jobs
• Improve the city’s energy infrastructure
LEADERSHIP AND POLICIES
• Implement recommendations from the city’s Building Resiliency Task Force and Green Codes Task Force to mitigate climate change
• Develop policies specifically for small buildings under 50,000 square feet
• Adopt policies that reflect the latest thinking on the future of sustainability
• Construct 50 energy-efficient buildings by 2018
• Ensure Department of Buildings has necessary staff and resources to implement green initiatives
The full roadmap is available at urbangreencouncil.org/roadmap.