October 2, 2017 – Greening New York City’s Homes: A Transatlantic Dialogue with Baden-Württemberg

Monday, October 2nd, 2017, 6:30 – 8:00pm

NYU School of Law
Faculty Library, Vanderbilt Hall (3rd floor)
40 Washington Square Park South
New York, NY 10012

1 CLE credit in the Areas of Professional Practice category

Please join the Guarini Center on Environmental, Energy and Land Use Law for an event entitled, “Greening New York City’s Homes: A Transatlantic Dialogue with Baden-Wurttemberg.”

Keynote address: 

Franz Untersteller, Minister of the Environment, Climate Protection and Energy Sector, Baden-Württemberg

As the Trump Administration rolls back federal environmental regulation, New York City’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 80 percent by 2050 have become all the more essential. And while the City has begun implementing policies to advance its climate goals, much more is needed. Of particular note, the City has enacted relatively few policies targeting energy efficiency improvements in small residential buildings, which account for roughly 20% of the sector’s GHG emissions. As local policymakers contemplate policy options for the path forward for these properties, they would benefit from dialogue with counterparts in Germany about strategies that have been experimented with there.

The event will facilitate the needed dialogue, focusing on policies that have been implemented in a leading German jurisdiction – Baden-Württemberg. Baden-Wüttemberg has enacted a legally binding commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 90 percent by the year 2050 and has devised a number of innovative policies for the building sector to help achieve that end.  At the upcoming event, we will discuss these programs and their relevance for New York City. We’ll also review the current regulations governing building energy use in New York City and proposals for new legislation.

Discussion to follow: 

John Lee, Deputy Director for Green Buildings and Energy Efficiency, New York City Mayor’s Office of Sustainability

Danielle Spiegel-Feld, ’10, Adjunct Professor and Executive Director, Guarini Center

Richard Yancey, Executive Director, Building Energy Exchange

This event has been made possible through the generous support of the the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Transatlantic Climate Bridge.

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