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California has long been the hotbed of sustainability initiatives that the rest of the nation watched to see where the movement was headed. Hence, the saying, “As goes California, so goes the country.”
New York recently staked a claim as the spearhead of sustainability, thanks to a so-called Green New Deal laid out by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in his state of the state address, according to ASHRAE Government Affairs Update. Key proposals in the plan would:
The governor’s program also would direct a new Carbon-to-Value Innovation Agenda, alongside $15 million of NYSERDA funding, to invest in new technologies that can help avoid the worst consequences of climate change, such as capturing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and transform it into products, known as carbon-to-value. The program also would establish an incubator and accelerator for these technologies and create a framework for a low-carbon procurement standard to spur a market for low-emissions products.
Dan Hounsell is editor-in-chief of Facility Maintenance Decisions, and Facilitiesnet.com.