Yonkers to partner with Westchester County cities on green building rules

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New York Construction Report staff writer

The City of Yonkers will be sharing $500,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy with the cities of Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, and White Plains to create a green building standard for residential and commercial buildings.

“This is part of our overarching goal of reducing our carbon footprint,” said Mayor Spano. “The outcome of creating this standard will be leveraged across all existing buildings and create a benchmark for our new buildings,” said Mayor Mike Spano announced the. “We want Yonkers to lead the way to meet our climate goals and reduce the energy burden on our most vulnerable residents.

“Thank you to our federal partners for sharing our vision and commitment to the health and sustainability of our communities.”

By partnering with other cities as well as the Hudson Valley Regional Council (HVRC), Groundwork Hudson Valley, the Energy Justice Law and Policy Center, community nonprofit organizations, and Hudson Valley regional planning organizations in neighboring counties, the goal of the policy and plan created from this grant will benefit disadvantaged communities and reduce building emissions significantly.

“With all of us working together, this project has the potential to accelerate the passage of a statewide mandate,” said William Serratore, director of the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability. “It will create a better quality of life for the future of Yonkers and New York State.”

During the first year, the cities will survey of building owners in participating municipalities, draft policies, and implement a working plan.

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