Building a Sustainable New York City

Building a Sustainable New York City

When it comes to sustainability, big cities can get a bad reputation. When so many people are concentrated in a relatively small area, convenience often takes precedence over environmental awareness. Cities like New York are trying to battle this though, and they’re starting on the home front: real estate. Buildings are the foundation of a city, and making them sustainable can encourage other sustainable practices. For example, the well-known LEED certification is based not only on how a building is built, but the continued energy consumption in the building. This can include water usage, recycling practices, and air quality. Since 2005, public buildings costing more than $2 million have been required to meet LEED standards. But certifications and standards only go so far. Even the highest certified LEED buildings still tax the environment. Now, dozens of New York properti...

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