The New York League of Conservation Voters has released a policy agenda called “Blueprint for a Greener New York City.” Covering energy, transportation, parks, water, food and waste, the document outlines what the organization hopes Mayor Bloomberg and the City Council will accomplish before the end of their terms in 2013.
On the topic of energy, the city has already or is in the process of carrying out most of NYLCV’s recommendations. Reducing the carbon footprint of new and existing buildings has been set in motion by the Greener, Greater Buildings Plan and the initial successes of the Green Codes Task Force. PlaNYC has been working to phase out dirty heating oils. And progress has been made on developing tidal energy technology in the East River and installing PV on city-owned buildings. If our elected officials continue to prioritize these initiatives, NYLCV’s goals seem easily attainable.