New York City has been named a recipient of the World Green Building Council‘s Government Leadership Awards for Excellence in City Policy for Green Buildings. The award acknowledges that New York City, as well as fellow recipient San Francisco, has made important advances in sustainable building and has innovative city-level government policies in place to help reduce carbon emissions and move us toward a greener future.
As part of PlaNYC, the GGBP requires that large commercial buildings record and post their energy and water consumption so they can track their usage to meet benchmark goals and implement simple upgrades like installing more energy-efficient lighting. The plan is expected to reduce the city’s carbon dioxide emissions by 5.3 percent below 2009 levels, reduce citywide energy costs by $700 million annually by 2030 and create roughly 17,800 construction-related jobs over 10 years.
Winners were chosen by an expert panel of experts comprised of ICLEI International, UN HABITAT and the WorldGBC. San Francisco was honored with the Best Green Building Policy award for its Green Building Ordinance. Mexico City, Mexico; Birmingham, UK; Singapore; and Tokyo, Japan also all received awards.