Updated: Apr 25, 2019
The New York City Council rallied alongside advocates on the steps of City Hall to mark the passage of the Climate Mobilization Act.
New York, NY — The New York City Council today passed legislation to mobilize the city around climate action. The New York City Climate Mobilization Act, which includes 10 bills and resolutions introduced by Council Members Costa Constantinides and Rafael Espinal and Progressive Caucus Members Donovan Richards, Andrew Cohen, and Steve Levin, is the largest single carbon reduction effort that any city, anywhere, has ever put forward. The Progressive Caucus endorsed the package as a part of its 2018-2021 legislative agenda, which includes combating climate change as one of its priorities.
The Climate Mobilization Act will make drastic changes to the energy efficiency of New York City. It will result in the equivalent of taking more than one million cars off the road by 2030 and create measurable decreases in the nitrogen oxides, sulfur oxides, and particulate matter that fouls our air. These bills will form the building blocks of a more resilient and sustainable city, while protecting our most vulnerable communities, which are at risk of suffering the gravest consequences in the face of rapid climate change. They will also lead to the creation of thousands of good, middle class jobs that pave the way for a 21st century green economy.
One of these bills, introduced by Council Member Costa Constantinides, would reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of large buildings by 2030. Outdated and inefficient systems waste vast amounts of energy, making large buildings the worst culprits of climate pollution in New York City. Council Member Constantinides’ bill will require the city’s large buildings – those 25,000 square feet or larger – to slash their greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030. These new standards will require retrofitting buildings with new energy efficient technology, creating a cleaner city as well as thousands of jobs in renovation and construction.