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$50 million Empire Building Challenge to combat climate change and create jobs in New York

Christian Fernsby ▼ | September 22, 2020
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the launch of the Empire Building Challenge, a $50 million initiative proposed during his 2020 State of the State address to transform existing multifamily and commercial high rise buildings and substantially reduce the carbon footprint of these structures.
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The challenge will advance low-carbon retrofit approaches resulting in heating and cooling solutions that will increase the comfort, sustainability, and energy performance of the state's existing high-rise buildings, a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions.

Topics: New York

Buildings currently account for 45 percent of greenhouse gas emissions from fuel combustion and electric generation.

Through a comprehensive retrofitting process, infrastructure in existing buildings will be replaced with more energy efficient heating and cooling technologies and solutions, spurring new jobs and significant economic activity.