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Finally! A Bright Spot in Mayor Bloomberg's Third Term
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been having some third-term blues. But, at last, a bright spot: solar energy.
Recently, the Mayor announced an update to PlaNYC - his sustainability plan which originally launched in 2007. The update, which contains 132 new intiatives, will, in his words, create “a greener New York that will help guide our city into a better future.”
The three most notable actions would:
- Place solar panels to cover 25 acres of capped landfills, which could generate power for as many as 50,000 homes;
- Phase-out the use of heavy oils from NYC boilers; and
- Use $40 million in Recovery Act dollars to start The New York City Energy Efficiency Corporation, a non-profit that assists building owners in paying for energy-efficiency upgrades.
Savings for New Yorkers. Cleaner air. Reduced energy costs. Important steps that will help keep New York City at the cutting edge of economic development.
New York City's Plan to Double Its Green Jobs
New York City prides itself on its innovation and place at the fore of American culture. So it wasn’t really a surprise when, in 2007, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg launched PLANYC. This ground-breaking, comprehensive city-wide sustainability plan laid a path to invest in city infrastructure while decreasing carbon dioxide emissions. The 30 initiatives that followed the initial plan document include investing in on-site renewable energy, cleaning up contaminated land, and continuing to retrofit the City’s buildings - the largest building stock in the country.
What’s incredible is the impact this plan will have on City green jobs. In 2008, the City employed 14,000 workers in jobs classified as green. By 2018, that is expected to jump to 28,000 - a 100% increase.
(It’s important to note that these are only City jobs - people whose paychecks come from the city itself. There are far, far more green jobs in New York City beyond these.)
New York is the largest city in America, and has resources and a scale that few others do. But the roadmap laid out for a process that can increase jobs while decreasing harmful pollutants is exactly the sort of innovation of which the city should be proud.