Arun Venugopal is a reporter and the creator of Micropolis, WNYC’s multi-platform series examining race, sexuality, religion, street life and other issues that define New York City. He has been with the station since 2005, and has covered a wide range of stories, including the death of Sean Bell, the controversy over the Park 51 mosque and community center and Occupy Wall Street .
Mayor's Earth Day Mandate: Green Thy Buildings
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Mayor Bloomberg and Council Speaker Christine Quinn used this Earth Day to roll out four bills, aimed at getting older buildings to install more energy-efficient lighting, heating, and cooling systems. Quinn says the legislation would require buildings of 50,000 square feet or more to conduct energy audits every 10 years, and make mandatory upgrades if those improvements would pay for themselves through lower energy bills over five years. She says the scope will mean a big reduction in the city's carbon footprint.
Buildings are estimated to generate 80 percent of the city's greenhouse gas emissions. Building managers are wary of the mandated upgrades and audits, saying they will be very expensive.