Green Building Bills Praised as Largest Step NYC Can Take to Combat Global Warming and Build a Green Workforce
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"These bills constitute the largest and most cost-effective action
Mayor Bloomberg and Speaker Quinn announced the green building legislative package during a ceremony in April. The bills are designed to achieve carbon reductions, train workers for new jobs that will be created by the legislation, and help finance energy-saving improvements by using funds from the federal stimulus bill, formally called "The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act."
"EDF applauds the flexibility built into the bills," added Stein. "The retrofit bill, which achieves the largest reduction of the entire package of bills, gives building owners flexibility to decide for themselves which changes are most cost-effective for their buildings, and there are generous timelines and exemptions that recognize challenges posed by the current financial crisis."
"This is the time to act: global warming must be solved and energy bills must come down," concluded Stein. "President Obama has made a national cap on greenhouse gas emissions a signature priority, and a bill capping greenhouse gas emissions is making its way through Congress. By acting now,
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