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Do Mandatory Energy Audits Reduce Building Energy Use?: A Bayesian Analysis of New York City’s Local Law 87

Cities are experimenting with a range of policy and regulatory tools to reduce energy use in the building sector as a pathway to substantial carbon emission reductions. Increasingly, cities are turning to policies that reduce information asymmetries and knowledge gaps through data transparency, focusing on existing buildings and the potential to achieve up to 50% […]

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Oct. 16, 2018 – Greening America’s Data Centers

Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 6:30 – 7:45 pm Wine and cheese reception to follow. NYU School of Law Lipton Hall 108 West 3rd Street New York, NY 10012 REGISTER HERE   1 credit of CLE in Areas of Professional Practice The data centers that power our search engines, social media sites and so much more […]

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Crain’s: Greening the City from the Top Down

by Scott Stringer and Danielle Spiegel-Feld When storm clouds gather, 62 square miles of roofs keep us dry in New York City. Unfortunately, most of the dozens of inches of rain that hit New York each year cascades into our gutters, swelling sewers and often causing raw sewage to pour into our waterways. The city […]

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Expanding Green Roofs in New York City: Towards a Location-Specific Tax Incentive

Vegetated, or “green,” roofs provide numerous social and environmental benefits to urban areas. Compared with conventional roofs, green roofs promote biodiversity, reduce building energy use, decrease noise, and improve the productivity of solar photovoltaic installations. They can also mitigate the urban heat island effect and reduce stormwater runoff, thereby diminishing flooding and pollution of local waterways. […]

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Water for Nukes: Could Canadian Hydropower Keep New York’s Emissions in Check After Indian Point?

The planned closure of the Indian Point nuclear facility, which currently supplies about 25 percent of New York City’s electricity, could cause a substantial rise in greenhouse emissions and local air pollution if concerted action is not taken to secure alternative clean energy resources for the City. In this Policy Brief, Guarini Center Energy Law […]

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Call for Papers: Guarini/Copenhagen Workshop on Ocean Governance

The Guarini Center, along with the University of Copenhagen Faculty of Law and the Center for International Governance Innovation, welcomes proposals for paper presentations at the II TRAMEREN’s International Conference on Frontiers in Ocean Environmental Governance: Private Actors, Public Goods, which will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark, on the 17th and 18th of September 2018. The […]