Posts marked "Green Building & Energy Efficiency"

By Alexis Saba and Jeffrey B. Gracer To commemorate Earth Day on April 22, 2019, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced  a groundbreaking suite of laws enacted by the New York City Council to require and facilitate the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from a significant number of buildings in NYC.  Taken together, … Read Post


In pursuit of New York City’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050 (a goal known as “80×50”), the City Council is considering multiple bills this session that aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from city buildings. Buildings—through their electricity use, heating, and cooling—account for at least two thirds of all greenhouse … Read Post


The New York Green Bank, a renewable energy financing program proposed by Governor Andrew Cuomo in his 2013 State of the State address, launched this week with a request for proposals aimed at overcoming market barriers to clean energy development. Last December, Governor Cuomo announced the allocation of approximately $210 million to fund the Green … Read Post


Unlike in 2013, in his 2014 State of the State speech Governor Andrew Cuomo did not explicitly mention solar power. However, the 2014 State of the State Report, published in conjunction with the speech, indicates that solar power will remain a policy priority in the coming years. The report reiterates Governor Cuomo’s goal of “[e]ncouraging … Read Post


On April 4, 2013, experts in environmental law, environmental policy, local government, planning, engineering, and environmental science will convene at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY to discuss lessons learned in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. This conference will examine the significant flaws that Sandy revealed in New York’s housing, transit and electric power systems and … Read Post


On May 1, 2012, the New York City City Council unanimously approved changes to the New York City Zoning Resolution that will encourage green construction for new buildings and green retrofits for existing buildings, along with other innovations.  Subject to certain limitations, the amendments will allow building owners to incorporate elements of environmentally-friendly construction even … Read Post


New York City’s Local Law 84 of 2009 (the “Benchmarking Law”) requires owners of certain privately-owned buildings to submit their first annual benchmark of total energy and water use by 11:59 pm on Monday, August 1, 2011.  The law requires benchmark reporting to be completed by May 1 of each year, but the New York … Read Post


New federal, state and local mandates and incentives are prompting the increasingly widespread use of green building practices in both new construction and existing buildings.  SPR partner Dan Chorost has authored an article in the May 2011 issue of the Practical Law Journal highlighting this trend.  Incentives are becoming available for building owners who adopt … Read Post


On January 14, 2011, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (“CEQ”) finalized new guidance on the use, documentation and enforcement of mitigation measures under the National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”).[1] While the Guidance – which was initially proposed in draft form last February – is non-binding, its interpretation of existing authority could effectively create … Read Post


Earlier this month, the New York State Sea Level Rise Task Force (“Task Force”) released a draft report assessing the climate-related threat to coastal communities and recommending a series of policy changes (“Draft Report”).  The state legislature commissioned the Task Force in 2007, bringing together state agency representatives, county and local government officials, and other … Read Post