Playbook Created in Partnership with NYSERDA and Four Leading Real Estate Developers - Empire State Realty Trust, the Durst Organization, Hudson Square Properties, and Vornado
Supports Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act Goals to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions 40 Percent by 2030 and 85 Percent by 2050
Governor Kathy Hochul today, joined by President Bill Clinton and Mayor Eric Adams announced "The Empire Building Playbook: An Owner's Guide to Low Carbon Retrofits" - a free online resource to support building owners advancing carbon neutrality in high rise buildings. The Playbook was created in partnership with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, Empire State Realty Trust, The Durst Organization, Hudson Square Properties, a joint venture comprised of Trinity Church Wall Street, Norges Bank Investment Management, and Hines, and Vornado. This joint venture is four of ten real estate partners participating in New York State Energy Research and Development Authority's $50 million Empire Building Challenge. This guiding framework includes information from the partners who share their processes and lessons learned to develop the business case for profitable investment in significant energy and carbon reducing technologies, in support of the State's nation-leading Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act goal of reducing carbon emissions 40 percent by 2030 and 85 percent by 2050.
"Through public-private partnerships like the Empire Building Challenge, we are reducing New York's reliance on fossil fuels by introducing low-carbon solutions that will advance our state's nation-leading climate agenda," Governor Hochul said. "The Empire Building Playbook will be a critical tool to combat climate change and reduce harmful emissions across our state, all while moving forward with the green economy, creating clean energy job opportunities, and making the most iconic buildings in the New York skyline more sustainable."