In the another major announcement, Bloomberg shows once again that local government can take meaningful action on climate change when the federal government does not. The city is announcing an $800 million plan to reduce carbon emissions and energy consumption of municipal buildings by 30 percent by 2017.
“We’ve made a serious commitment to reducing the level of carbon emissions citywide, and as I’ve said repeatedly, City government must lead by example,” Mayor Bloomberg said. “The short-term action plan that was submitted to me today by the steering committee will serve as a blueprint for moving forward this year, and will serve as the foundation for our 10-year plan to reduce emissions by 30 percent. And in addition to reducing emissions in City government operations and City-owned buildings, our actions will serve as a model for the private sector.”