NY Poised To Vote On Crucial Green Construction Bill

The buildings of New York City are some of the most breathtaking and iconic in the world. Unfortunately, New York is also home to some of the oldest, leakiest, and most energy-inefficient housing in the country.

To combat the problem of outdated housing in one of the world’s most populated cities, the NY York State Legislature passed the Green Jobs-Green NY (GJGNY) program in 2009. The program aims to retrofit 1 million homes and businesses for energy efficiency while contributing directly to the creation of 60,000 jobs around the state. GJGNY also has the potential to raise $5 billion in third party investments for energy improvements to New York homes without subtracting a single cent from the state’s budget.

In order to meet these goals, however, the New York must approve On-Bill Recovery.

Fight for Green Construction in New York! Tell Gov. Cuomo to approve On-Bill Recovery.

On-Bill Recovery lets NYSERDA, the state’s energy agency, pay the upfront cost of making a home energy efficient, and then recover that investment as the homeowner saves on his or her utility bill.  Even more impressive? Implementing On-Bill Recovery would have the same carbon reduction impact as removing 4.5 million cars from the road (Huffington Post).

Without it, GJGNY will have few customers, achieve very little energy savings and create only a small number of jobs.

By approving On-Bill Recovery, Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state’s legislative leaders have a unique chance to move New York into a position of leadership in the clean energy economy. The bill could come up for a vote in the next 48 hours, making the next few days very important for this crucial bill.

Naturally, power companies are putting up a big fight against the bill’s passage in the Senate and are doing everything they can to block approval.

Don’t let them sway New York Governor Andrew Cuomo from his commitment to reducing environmental impact! Urge him to pass the On-Bill Recovery plan in the next 48 hours.

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Image Credit: Flickr – Mark Lyon


Neil A.
Neil A4 years ago

I am very keen on buildings been constructer Or refitted to be much more energy efficient

Rich Conforti
Rich Conforti6 years ago

Great to see the spotlight on some green building news in New York, especially as the business is clearly at a very important point in its growth. The issue of green building is one that should draw everyone's interest, as its important for the industry to develop some sort of structure and pattern within the industry. For more green new york building construction information, check out the McGraw Hill page that is designed specifically for the NY area.

Ola C.
Ola C6 years ago

COOL BEANS! Let's hope it spreads to other parts of the country(not just CA). It is a great example for other major US cities!

David Hansen
David Hansen6 years ago

Oh heck yea I only wish this would come to CT with the quickness.
True CT already has a program for low income people, but it would be nice to include everyone.

Where is the petition?

Laurie D.
Laurie D6 years ago

Hey -- this gives me hope maybe we will regain our old global position of LEADING innovation! Good WORK!! MORE PLEASE!!

Rosie Lopez
Rosie Lopez6 years ago

thanks for sharing

Mrs Shakespeare
Mrs Shakespeare6 years ago

Rarely do I ever hear about green construction but I'm glad people are worried about and trying to do something :)
I wish these green concepts were cared for all over the world. Hopefully big cities like New York will set an example for their counterparts.

ReElectBarack Obama
Past Member 6 years ago

Thank you.

Robert O.
Robert O6 years ago

Sounds like a great idea to me. The sooner the better. Thanks Beth.

Rainer L.
Rainer Lampatzer6 years ago

In .eu, most of the public buildings use power and heat contracting. Good to hear that it flew over the sea. Hope that this is only the beginning.