This week 10 companies joined the Carbon Challenge, a pledge to match the city’s 30 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in the next 10 years as part of PlaNYC. The companies include American International Group, BlackRock, Bloomberg LP, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, Google, JetBlue Airways, JPMorgan Chase and PVH. Some already have plans in place to reduce emissions.
The corporate partners join the 17 universities who started the Carbon Challenge in 2007 and 11 hospitals that joined in 2009. Barnard College, the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York University, Rockefeller University and New York Hospital Queens have already achieved their goal of 30 percent emissions reduction.
As part of the Carbon Challenge, NYC hopes to reach a 30 percent reduction in emissions in government buildings by 2017 and city-wide by 2030. So far, government buildings have achieved a 12 percent emissions reduction, while city-wide emissions have dropped 16 percent.
After a brief hiatus from this blog, there’s an abundance of clean energy news coming out of New York:
It’s all about rooftops in this round-up of the latest clean tech and sustainability news that impacts New York City:
At the Rio+20 summit, the United Nations Environment Programme announced a new initiative aimed at helping cities become more sustainable, citing the rising number of global citizens who live in urban areas and the disproportionately high amount of waste, pollution and energy usage such areas produce. The Global Initiative for Resource-Efficient Cities will be a resource for large cities around the world to target green objectives like energy efficient buildings, efficient water use and sustainable waste management. There’s no certainty over whether New York will participate in the initiative, but I thought it would be fun to see how the city scores in the key areas of focus and what it could gain from the U.N.’s efforts.