Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2021

Disciplines

Environmental Law | Law

Center/Program

Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

Abstract

Whoever becomes New York City’s next Mayor will need to pivot quickly to implementing a collection of laws adopted in 2019 and bundled together as the Climate Mobilization Act. These laws are designed to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in New York City by 40% below 2005 levels by 2030 and 80% by 2050. Because 70% of the greenhouse gases emitted in New York City are generated by how New Yorkers heat, light and power buildings, the Climate Mobilization Act includes Local Laws 92 and 94, which require that new buildings or buildings undergoing major roof renovations include solar panels and/or green roofs; Local Law 95, which requires that buildings conduct annual energy efficiency reviews and publicly post their scores as a letter grade; and Local Law 96, which establishes the New York City Sustainable Energy Loan program.

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