Initiative Supports Governor's Nation-Leading Green New Deal Goal of Converting New York's Entire Building Stock to Be Carbon Neutral
Competition Will Foster Development of Replicable Design and Construction Methods, Advancing the Clean Energy Economy and Spurring Clean Energy Job Growth
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today launched the $30 million "Buildings of Excellence" Competition to advance the design, construction and operation of low- or zero-carbon emitting buildings that also provide comfortable, healthy and affordable living and working spaces. New Yorkers pay about $35 billion annually for electricity and heating fuels, and buildings account for 59 percent of statewide greenhouse gas emissions. The competition is part of Governor Cuomo's goal to transform New York's entire building stock as part of his nation-leading Green New Deal, a clean energy and jobs agenda that puts New York State on a path to a carbon-free economy. It also supports the State's goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.