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April 17, 2011

NYC Policy Update – April 2011

Spring is in the air, which has seemingly resulted in a lot of announcements from City Hall.  Info on free rain barrels from the DEP, green commercials leases, water leak notifications, green roof legislation, greening historic properties, and a study on the City’s green policy, all after the jump!

March 30, 2011

Federal Policy Update

Lots to report in the beginning of the new year from the Washington.  The change in Congress has the White House changing its approach to encouraging energy efficiency and regulating greenhouses gases.  In some cases the commitment to efficiency has been reaffirmed, in other cases it is not so clear.  Throughout, however, is the reality. Read more…

February 7, 2011

NYC Policy Update – February 2011

Cleaner Heating Oil Coming to NYC? Mayor Bloomberg and DEP Commissioner Halloway have proposed new requirements on heating oil for New York City’s buildings.  About 10,000 buildings in New York use No. 6 heating oil – the cheapest but most polluting.  Under the rules, with some exceptions, boilers using No. 6 oil would have to. Read more…

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February 3, 2011

A new New York Incentive Program

At the end of last year, a new initiative resulting from the Green Jobs-Green New York Act from last year was announced by Governor David A. Paterson: A NYSERDA program to provide homeowners with free or reduced-priced energy assessments and low-interest loans to finance energy-saving improvements. A revolving loan fund will be developed for homeowners. Read more…

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November 15, 2010

NY State Releases Climate Action Plan, Public Comment Period Open

Early this month, outgoing Governor Paterson released the New York State Climate Action Plan.   This plan moves forward on the 2009 Executive Order requiring the state to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% (compared to 1990 levels) by 2050 and established a Climate Action Council to determine how to meet the goal.   The Council will. Read more…

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November 6, 2010

NYC Council Approves Five More Energy Efficiency Bills

Back in September, the City Council passed five more bills based on recommendations from the Green Codes Task Force – 12 bills from this report have now been passed.  This most recent package has been sent to the mayor for his signature. First, four of the bills improve lighting efficiency in the in a very. Read more…

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June 23, 2010

A brighter future: three solar zones created in NYC

On June 8, Mayor Bloomberg and Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri, in conjunction with Sustainable CUNY, announced the creation of three Solar Empowerment Zones in the City. The zones have excellent potential for solar power. Being inside one of the zones gives technical assistance, and streamlined paperwork for getting solar installations authorized.

June 3, 2010

What’s going on with federal green building policy?

A green building news update from Capitol Hill, by GreenHomeNYC volunteer Adam Szlachetka. Despite trouble with the larger energy policy overhaul on Capitol Hill, on May 6 the House and Senate advanced bills to improve energy efficiency in homes and other products nationwide.

February 21, 2010

NYC Government Policy Briefing – February 2010

Already in February 2010 there has been three major policy announcements to further integrate smart building strategies into the city’s built environment.  This news in the short term particularly impacts clean energy business owners and those doing business with the city – in the long term the City has begun the process to overhaul its. Read more…

November 23, 2009

Fall 2009 Policy Briefing

There has been considerable activity on the policy and regulatory front on every level – Federal, State, and City.  This is excellent news for green building owners and advocates.  This briefing aims to be just that – a concise look into a breadth of movement in fall 2009. But first, the New York Times ran. Read more…