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Unformatted text preview: oduced P laNYC in 200 7 , on e go al s t ood oUl: New Y ork woul d reduce green h ouse- gas em i ss i ons 30% by 2 30. A l t hough t he c i t y is ex- p er i menting w i th d e an- en e rgy so u r c es such as o ff shore win d turb i nes and solar p anels , i mpro v ing th e en er gy effi ci enc y of N ew York's bu i l dings i s essen t ia L I t wo n ' t b e eas y . Electricit y use grew 23 " 1 o ve r t he pa s t d e c a de , twice as fast as t he pop ula ti on, and m u ch of the city'S ag i ng bu i ld i ng stock l eaks hea t and energy l ike a sie v e. The c i ty started b y focus i ng on what i t could control directl y . Bloomber g la u n ched a $2 . 3 bill i on plan last T u ly t o redu c e carbon e miss i ons f r om c ity- o w n e d prop ert ies 30 % b y 2017 b y ret- r o fi t li ng bui l ding s w i t h m ore- ef fi c i en t l igh t s an d b e tt e r i ns ul a t ion. The payo ff i s th at t he city e xpects t o begin sav i ng mone y throug h reduced ene r gy b i l ls as e ar ly as 2015 . On the streets, r5% of the c i ty ' s 1 3 ,0 tax i s are hy b rids, w i th m o re on the wa y . ~ The city h as m ade p r ogre ss on improving w h a t i t can contro l, " sa ys J ona t han Rose, a New York architect an d s u s t a i nab l e- d es i g n e xp er t . "Th e pl ace w h ere wo r k is re ally ne e d e d is greenin g a l l t h e other bu ild i n gs inN e w York. ~ On e area wher e Bl o omber g's g reen v ision ha s c lashed with politi c a l reali- tie s is ma ss t ransit . The s u bwa y sys t e m is control l ed n ot b y th e c it y but by N e w Y o r k State's Me t r opoli ta n Tun s port a- t ion Au t h o rity . So w hile P l a NYC inc lud e s a call fo r t he su b w ays t o be br o u g h t u p to a s t a t e of g ood repa ir ( a v is i t to a n y s ub wa y sta tion w i ll i n d i c a te the y' re n ot t here y et) , the city does n ' t h a ve the p owe r to enf o r ce it. Similarl y , the plan push e s new pr oj e c ts like t he long- aw a i te d S e c- o n d A v enu e s u b •• •• ' a y line on M anhat t an ' s f ar Ea s t S id e . T h os e m u l t i b i llio n- doll a r im provemen t s were t o b e pa i d for i n p ar t b y impl e me nt in g cong e st i on pr i c ing i n M a nh at t a n- ch a r gi ng d r i ver s t o e n t e r th e most cro w ded par t o f t h e city. As a n a dde d benefit , cong es tio n p ri c in g w o u l d h a ve h e lp e d un c log N ew Yo r k' s sc le r o ti c t raffi c, w hi c h no w c o s ts the c it y S f3 bil- l i on a y ear in lost ec ono m ic productiv· i ty a nd d i rt i es New Yor k 's a i r, which is mor e poll ute d than tha t of an y ot h er ci t y in t h e U.S . besi des Los Ang eles. " I t 's an e ssent i a l i de a," say s S t e v e n Coh e n , ex e c- u ti ve direct o r of Colu mb ia U ni ve rs i ty's Ear t h I n s ti tu te ....
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