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City on the Edge: Climate Change and New York City

  Hudson Yards Calls Itself a Model Neighborhood for Energy Efficiency. City Data Paints a Different Picture

Hudson Yards promised to be one of the most efficient sustainable neighborhoods in the U.S. But many green-boasting buildings in Hudson Yards are less energy efficient than similar buildings nationwide, according to public city data and interviews with environmentalists. A City Limits review of 27 LEED-certified buildings in the neighborhood found that fewer than half scored above the median range under the city’s own efficiency rating system.

With over 70 percent of New York’s greenhouse gas emissions coming from buildings, experts who spoke to City Limits said it put into question how exactly we define sustainability at a time when Eric Adams “City of Yes” pushes for a more energy efficient city, and a wave of new development.

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