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gbNYC Editorial: Going Green? New York State Should Repeal the Wicks Law

Last month’s (February 2007) edition of New York Construction magazine focuses largely on green building in the metropolitan area. There’s an extensive overview of the Queens Botanical Garden project, which I recently discussed in a post about green efforts in the borough of Queens. I mention it again here because the article makes an excellent […]

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ULI New York Presents “Transportation Transformed” Panel

On Tuesday evening I had the opportunity to attend an Urban Land Institute of New York event at 5 Times Square. Transportation Transformed: Innovations in the Tapestry of Urban Transit presented a panel of four speakers who discussed different transit-related projects in various stages of development across New York City. It struck me while listening […]

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“Making Green Building a Mainstream Practice” Conference Offers Thoughts from Developers on LEED

Last Thursday, Bank of America, The Rockefeller Foundation, and The Next American City magazine sponsored an invitation-only conference at the Museum of Natural History as part of the Urban Innovation Symposium Series. Called “From the Ground Up: Making Green Building a Mainstream Practice,” a variety of both market-rate and affordable housing developers, including Douglas Durst, […]

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Crain’s: NYC Developers Remain Unconvinced of Green Building Economics

Today’s edition of Crain’s New York Business contains an article describing a variety of New York City-based developers who remain skeptical about building green. (Unfortunately the article is only available online to premium subscribers so I’m unable to provide a link). NYC Developers Resist the Push to Go Green quotes Rex Hakimian of The Hakimian […]

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NYC-Based Industrial Owner Pantheon Will Green Its Portfolio

New York City-based Pantheon Properties, which owns nine industrial buildings in the New York area (mostly in North Jersey, the image to the left is of a property in Bayonne) and Florida, will retrofit its portfolio to green standards over the course of the next twenty-four months. Moreover, it will now evaluate future acquisitions based […]

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LEED Silver for Bronx Library Center & Local Law 86 Primer

The New York Public Library’s Bronx Library Center was awarded LEED Silver certification from USGBC last summer, but USGBC President Rick Fedrizzi officially presented the honor in person at a ceremony last Thursday, January 11th up in The Bronx. The Center is the first publicly-funded green building in New York City to receive LEED certification […]

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New York’s Cleantechs Aren’t Cleaning Up

According to building maintenance london the rest of the country is leaving New York State in the dust when it comes to the cleantech industry. Cleantech companies (manufacturers of any product or providers of any service furthering natural resource conservation) received $2.9 billion in venture capital in 2006, up 78% from 2005. However, from 1999 through 2005, […]

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From the Botanical Garden to Silvercup Studios: Going Green in the Borough of Queens

While (some of us anxiously) wait and see if the Mets’ CitiField will join the new ballpark in Washington for the Nationals in seeking LEED certification, a variety of other ambitious green projects are either underway or in the works over in Queens. The Queens Botanical Garden The first, the Queens Botantical Garden’s Sustainable Landscapes […]

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NY Power Authority Lobbies for NYC Energy Legislation

New York Power Authority (“NYPA”) President Timothy S. Carey is backing two proposed energy laws currently pending before the New York City Council. The first, Introduction (Int.) No. 18, would require a survey of every City-owned building in order to determine the propriety of installing clean, on-site electricity generation. The second, Int. No. 23, would […]

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Bronx Borough President Calls for Green Building Tax Breaks

Adolfo Carrion Jr., Bronx Borough President, released a report earlier this month proposing sales tax exemptions and tax credits for businesses investing in green projects. Pointing out the higher cost of green building materials, Carrion said that “tax incentives might be needed, at least in the short term, to encourage green development. . . . […]

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