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Roadmap To 80x50

Monday, Nov 14, 2016

Date: Monday, November 14, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Location: Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place

Speakers: Lia Cairone, Senior Policy Advisor - NYC Mayor's Office of Sustainability; John Lee, RA, LEED AP - Deputy Director, Buildings + Energy Efficiency - NYC Mayor's Office of Sustainability; Benjamin Mandel, Renewable Energy Policy Advisor - NYC Mayor's Office of Sustainability

Sponsor: AIANY Committee on the Environment and Urban Green Council, Con Edison

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With NYC’s Roadmap to 80x50, we have a comprehensive report based on the best available science and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions modeling to assess what will be necessary to reduce emissions 80% by 2050, and to promote economic opportunities that come from the investments that will be required. Action is necessary from all levels of government and the private sector to make the investments, develop new regulatory frameworks, and drive institutional and societal changes necessary to achieve 80x50.

NYC committed itself to 80x50 in 2014, with an interim target to reduce GHG emissions 40% by 2030 (40x30), and took immediate steps to achieve that goal. One New York: The Plan for A Strong and Just City (OneNYC) was released in 2015, laying a blueprint for inclusive climate action that works for all New Yorkers across the four key visions of growth, equity, sustainability, and resiliency. In OneNYC, the city expanded the commitment to 80x50, with new investments in renewable energy, electric vehicles, and solid waste management to improve air quality across the city and catalyze a shift away from fossil fuel-based energy sources.

The city’s analysis shows that the projected impact of these efforts will make it possible to bend the curve on GHG emissions. However, analysis also shows that these efforts alone are not enough to reach 80x50. We must continue to do more to reduce emissions in NYC and lead progress across the globe in order to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. NYC’s Roadmap to 80x50 analysis has shown a feasible pathway to build on this progress with an integrated set of strategies to achieve reduced emissions by 2050. Join us to learn what they are.

Register: AIA-NY Free for AIA and UGC members; $10 for non-members. AIA CES: 1.5 LU | 1.5 HSW

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