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City and state officials joined prominent New York developers April 21 to announce "The Empire Building Playbook: An Owner's Guide to Low Carbon Retrofits," a free online resource

NY State, Developers Launch “The Empire Building Playbook” 

Gov. Kathy Hochul, former President Bill Clinton and Mayor Eric Adams on Thursday announced “The Empire Building Playbook: An Owner’s Guide to Low Carbon Retrofits,” a free online resource to support building owners advancing carbon neutrality in high rise-buildings.  

The Playbook was created in partnership with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, Empire State Realty Trust, The Durst Organization, Hudson Square Properties and Vornado Realty Trust. 

This guiding framework includes information from the partners who share their processes and lessons learned to develop the business case for profitable investment in significant energy and carbon reducing technologies. 

At Thursday’s launch event, held at the Empire State Building, Clinton said, “If you believe New York should have more jobs, if you believe that we should avoid the worst consequences of climate change, if you don’t want to see the rising waters flood the south end of Manhattan, do this.” 


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