“As Chair of the New York City Council’s Committee on Environmental Protection, I am proud to support Intro. 2317, which was passed out of my committee after I personally negotiated every word in this bill. When passed, this bill will yield a cumulative savings of 2.1 million tons of CO2 by 2040 – the equivalent of the carbon that is produced from 450,000 cars in a whole year.
This legislation is the latest in a host of climate and clean air bills to come from the City Council – a movement that began with the Council’s NYC Climate Protection Act of 2008 – a bill I authored that is reducing CO2 in NYC by 30 percent.
New York City buildings emit more than 70 percent of the city’s carbon each year. By requiring almost all new construction (after the phase in period) to be all-electric, we are committing to a greener, healthier future, eliminating harmful pollutants from our atmosphere and improving New York City’s air quality. I look forward to joining my colleagues in the New York City Council in voting yes on Intro. 2317 this week, and thereby saying yes to cleaner air, pushing back against climate change, and advancing our new green economy.”