Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Tuesday early progress on green building programs in conjunction with the eighth annual Climate Week held in the city.
NYC’s Climate Week runs from Sept. 19-25. With a new president of the United States being elected in just weeks, “Climate Week NYC 2016 will gather leaders from business and government to demonstrate how continued investment in innovation, technology and clean energy will drive profitability and lead us toward net zero emissions," according to the website.
The de Blasio administration announced early progress on programs that aim to reach “80x50,” an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
The green building programs are assisting with retrofits across 3,800 buildings — representing 8 percent of the built square footage of New York City — and are on track to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 1.5 million metric tons. In addition, the mayor’s office said the programs are set to create more than 1,000 local jobs by 2025.