April 19, 2013

Joining New York’s Carbon Challenge

Dave, our CEO & President, joined New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg at the kickoff to the City’s Carbon Challenge, a new campaign to encourage large corporations like ours to reduce the carbon emissions generated from commercial buildings.

Energy use in buildings accounts for 75 percent of New York City’s greenhouse gas emissions, and 80 percent of the buildings that exist today will still be here in 2050. Increasing the energy efficiency in buildings is therefore necessary to meet the PlaNYC goal to reduce citywide greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent by 2030.

As Mayor Bloomberg said at the ceremony, cutting carbon emissions from buildings “is good for our air, our water, New York City and America.” We agree.

We’re proud to partner with Mayor Bloomberg and stand alongside companies like Google, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, and Credit Suisse, among others, to make this important campaign a success.

When we moved our main support center from Forest Hills to Long Island City last year, we dramatically reduced our carbon emissions. In fact, we’ve reduced emissions a whopping 67% since 2011. Through the Carbon Challenge we’ve committed to reducing building-related carbon emissions a further 10% over the next 10 years.

To lead by example, the New York City government pledged to cut greenhouse gas emissions from municipal sources at an accelerated pace, setting a target of a 30 percent reduction below 2006 levels by 2017. Much of this reduction will be achieved through enhanced energy efficiency in more than 4,000 municipally-owned buildings.

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