December 15, 2015
Featured in Politico.
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration says it has made progress on its OneNYC plan, the policy document that sets a course for the city’s efforts on environmental and climate change resiliency — from solar at City Hall to a new tool to control buildings’ energy use.
“This morning, the Mayor announced that of the nearly 3,000 public buildings with any significant energy use, almost one-third already have retrofits in place or underway,” Nilda Mesa, head of the mayor’s Office of Sustainability, told a joint hearing of the City Council Committees on Recovery and Resiliency and Environmental Protection on Monday. “The City has installed nearly four megawatts of solar on its buildings in the last year alone, bringing the total to nearly five megawatts.”
The public buildings already getting retrofits account for roughly half the greenhouse-gas emissions from city-owned buildings, and City Hall itself is installing a solar installation and a fuel-cell generator, she said.