PlaNYC Facts: ▪▪ 79% of all NYC emissions come from existing buildings.▪▪ It is estimated that by 2030, 85% of emissions will come from buildings

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Facts:

79% of all NYC emissions come from existing buildings.
It is estimated that by 2030, 85% of emissions will come from buildings we already have!
Half of our CO2 reduction will come from buildings.

PlaNYC has ten goals for 2030:

Create enough housing for our growing population.

Ensure all New Yorkers have parks within a 10-minute walk.

Clean up all contaminated land in New York City.

Develop water network back-up systems.

Open 90% of our waterways and protect natural areas.

Improve travel times by adding transit capacity for millions.

Upgrade our energy infrastructure to provide clean energy.

Achieve “State Of Good Repair” on our transportation system.

Achieve the cleanest air of any big city in America.

Reduce global warming emissions by 30%.

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BENCHMARKING NYC !

Local Law 84 - The Deadline is coming!

All buildings in New York City over 50,000 square feet are required to submit an annual energy benchmark. We're here to help make it as easy as possible for you to meet this requirement, while putting a valuable financial evaluation tool in your hands.

Building owners and operators are growing more concerned with the upcoming deadline to have their properties properly benchmarked. Professionals in the industry are reporting a sharp increase in the RFQ's for building benchmarking. What surprises most industry professionals is how easily and quickly these buildings can be benchmarked - assuming of course you hire the correct professionals.

Benchmarking is easy-to-do, inexpensive, and accessible. In addition to supporting the requirement, we can provide intuitive monthly reports on your energy usage and spotlight opportunities for energy savings. The first benchmark report is due to the city on May 1, 2011, but there are benefits to starting as soon as possible so that you can take control of your energy usage sooner.

Own buildings in New York City? Let us help you comply with NYC's new mandatory benchmarking requirement (Local Law 84).

Click here to find out more information about benchmarking and complying with the LAW!

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Spotlight Green Company of the Week:

Founding Farmers

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The Family Farmer

The American family farmer is at the heart of Founding Farmers. Truly, because the restaurant is owned by real American Family Farmers!

We believe it is the right of all diners and lovers of a green “meal away from home” to enjoy an exquisite, fulfilling, and honest meal. At Founding Farmers we strive to serve ingredients from fine, high-quality, family farms, and our meals are prepared with the utmost care and attention by our talented chefs and kitchen staff. “Strive” is an important word, because in today’s world, and today’s economy, it isn’t always possible to source or buy the ideal products; no different than if you’re food shopping at Whole Foods you (and they) are striving for great products, but not everything delivers perfectly on our desires.

The Founding Farmers name represents a combination of ideas: it is a celebration of the land and the American family farmer; it is a nod to the founding fathers of our country, many of whom owned and farmed land that surrounds Washington, D.C.; and it is a place where true, sustainably farmed, grown, and harvested American foods are brought to our guests—reminiscent of traditions from across the land.

The rich history of American cooking tradition is celebrated throughout the menus at Founding Farmers, with a philosophy to promote sustainable agriculture and the ways of the American family farmer at every turn. Each season, new choices reflect the best of what’s available from our sources. At Founding Farmers, it isn’t always about “local”, or “organic”–sure, when it makes sense, those are great things; but local doesn’t always means the smallest carbon footprint, and “organic” can also refer to broccoli that comes from China. Our top mantra is quality and natural ingredients, if we find a product we love from a family farmer in California, we buy it…if we find a bio-dynamic vineyard in Chile, we love buying that wine…carbon footprint you ask? We buy carbon offsets to ensure that regardless of the distribution distance, Founding Farmers is walking its talk that the planet matters.

For more than 400 years, and to this day, America’s independent family farmers have been both the foundation and the pillars of their communities. They grow high-quality food, are active in civic life, and are essential to the economic vitality of their hometowns and of the nation. As stewards of the land, family farmers work to protect the soil, air, water, and biodiversity in addition to producing high-quality, healthy foods. Thus, the Founding Farmers philosophy to operate, serve, and live green is the heart of the American family farmer.

Everyone needs to eat. Most people prefer to eat food that is healthy—but how do you know what is “good” and what is not?

When you go to the grocery store today you have a lot of choices; however, the most important food choice you can make is to buy organic, local if and when it makes sense for you, and when possible, family-farm–sourced food. Consumers seek out opportunities to purchase the freshest and healthiest foods from local groceries and farmers’ markets, but they often give their favorite restaurants a pass on this high standard of food. At Founding Farmers, know that we strive to make decisions the same way you do; we care about the source, and while sometimes due to price, availability, or quality, we can’t be perfect with every item we buy, be assured that we share the same values as you with regard to quality, and we strive to deliver on it. In addition, its more than just the food—be confident that we use natural cleaning products in the restaurant, use low-voltage lighting, and recycle and compost; its the holistic approach to trying to impact all areas of the business, and we appreciate your support.

At Founding Farmers, know that we strive to make decisions the same way you do; we care about the source, and while sometimes due to price, availability, or quality, we can’t be perfect with every item we buy, be assured that we share the same values as you with regard to quality, and we strive to deliver on it. In addition, its more than just the food—be confident that we use natural cleaning products in the restaurant, use low-voltage lighting, and recycle and compost; its the holistic approach to trying to impact all areas of the business, and we appreciate your support.

Green by Design / LEED® Gold!

Beyond the building itself, Founding Farmers is a Certified Green Restaurant™ as recognized by the Green Restaurant Association for eco-friendly operations. These measures include front-of-house and back-of-house recycling, high-efficiency water and energy usage, and using recycled paper products whenever possible. For our guests, it means the menus are printed on recycled paper with soy-based inks and that water is served in reusable glass carafes with the option of fresh filtered, still, or sparkling Natura water, using no waste-producing glass or plastic bottles at all.

And Founding Farmers is proud to be an official Carbonfund.org partner, supporting global climate-friendly renewable energy projects and Carbonfund.org’s mission of education, offsets, and outreach. Founding Farmers is 100% carbon neutral by offsetting our CO2 emissions!

For further information please contact Jennifer Motruk Loy or Dan Simons

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Green News

Climate Progress - Energy and global warming news for February 3, 2011: Over 85% of oyster reef ecosystems have been lost; Germany recycles 70% of its waste, the U.S. 33%...read on

Food costs at records as U.N. warns of volatile era - Global food prices tracked by a U.N. agency hit their highest level on record in January, a problem set to worsen after a massive snowstorm in the United States and floods in Australia...read on

Incredible Home Made from Old Tires and Pop Cans - in July 2009, Sandra Burkholder and her family began building an earthship – a sustainable house built out of used tires and pop cans. Called the Darfield Earthship, the home features green building methods, water conservation, organic growing techniques, and renewable energy. The inspiring project also recently won $5,000 in the So Nice “A Better Organic World” contest...read on

Suntech to Supply 800,000 PV Panels for Sempra’s Mesquite 1 - Sempra Generation is developing the massive 700-megawatt Mesquite Solar project, located near Phoenix, Arizona and they've just selected Zachry Holdings as the EPC and Suntech as the panel supplier for the initial 200-megawatt (DC) phase of the build...read on

On Top: WestLB New York Lands LEED Platinum at 7 World Trade Center - As if the first LEED-certified commercial office building in New York City needed any more green accolades, the New York branch of German bank WestLB has gone ahead and earned Platinum certification under LEED for Commercial Interiors for its 129,000-square-foot office space on the top three floors (50 through 52) of 7 World Trade Center...read on

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