New York City has committed to reducing GHG emissions 80 percent by 2050 (the 80×50 initiative), to having the cleanest air of any U.S. city, to sending zero waste to landfills by 2030, to investing in contaminated land remediation, and to ensuring that all New Yorkers have more access to parks. In its role as a leading global city, New York City has been a strong voice in the international fight against climate change leading up to the adoption of the United Nations COP21 Agreement at the Paris Climate Conference in 2015.
AIA New York has launched several initiatives in support of 80×50, including the Cross-Learning Alliance formed by AIANY, the Urban Green Council, and the New York Chapter of ASHRAE. In 2020 and 2021 AIA New York will be delivering a recurring course Retrofit Now! Reducing Carbon and Complying with LL97, developed in collaboration with the CUNY Building Performance Lab, visit calendar.aiany.org for specific dates and times.