NYC looks to mirror surrounding states, create energy efficient buildings

November 17, 2011

New York City is looking to overhaul energy inefficient buildings that exist within the boroughs, as leaders from the local government and companies have noted that better subsidies in New Jersey and Pennsylvania have led to these areas surpassing the Big Apple in this regard, The Epoch Times reported.

Pennsylvania has benefited from a surge of federal and private money into the area, as funding has been injected into regional efforts that are concerned with retrofitting older buildings and developing new technology for reducing energy.

The leading effort in the region, headquartered at the historic Philadelphia Navy Yard, is the Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster for Energy-Efficient Buildings (GPIC).

This project is a consortium of academic institutions, federal laboratories, industry partners and economic development agencies which are looking to provide jobs in the region and establish the GPIC as a national center for energy efficient research.

An effort like this in nearby Philadelphia may be part of what inspired leaders from NYC to establish their own place in the energy efficient buildings sector.

According to the Epoch Times, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has committed to reducing the city's carbon footprint by 30 percent by 2030. The effort for the Big Apple has been dubbed PlaNYC and will draw from a range of government and industry leaders to try and achieve this goal.

PlaNYC was developed by the Mayor due to the fact that energy from the city's buildings account for 75 percent of the carbon emissions, according to the long-term sustainability plan.

The movement within the city has been led by Columbia University and NYU, as these institutions had both reduced emissions at key buildings and are looking to increase the number of these energy-efficient structures, the Times reported.

John Bartlik, director of Energy Services for the NYU Langone Medical Center, told the news source that the future for the project is complicated and will take significant effort for all involved parties.

"You need the best operating personnel that can manage the technology that you’re going to be putting into your buildings," Bartlik told the news source. "If you don’t have that last piece, your investment’s going to be wasted."

Scott O'Sullivan, partner at accounting firm Margolin, Winer & Evens LLP, told the news source that NYC was having more difficulty finding funding for the project than similar efforts in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.