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Still Chugging Along

December 8, 2011 | By Russell Unger | Make a Comment »

Today brings another burst of Green Codes activity with the enactment of three new laws by the City Council. Urban Green played a critical behind-the-scenes role, working with the City Council, Mayor’s Office, and real estate industry for months to build support for these latest initiatives.

Thanks to today’s laws, there will be less soot in buildings due to better filters on large new ventilation equipment (Int. 592); grey, caustic streams of concrete wastewater from construction sites will no longer be filling the streets (Int. 576) [Read more about this one on Charlotte Matthew's post here]; and most new roads, driveways, and parking lots will contain 30% recycled asphalt (Int. 578). You can read our detailed summaries of the laws here.

Compared to major legislation we’ve helped develop, like the Greener Greater Buildings Plan, these bills are relative small fry. But bit by bit the codes are being improved, and collectively the Green Codes Task Force is having a major impact. With our advocacy, the Council has now passed 19 Task Force proposals, with 10 others enacted by other levels of government or in progress.

We can’t talk out of school, but I strongly encourage you to watch our newsletter and emails in the coming weeks for more good news on the codes front.

And if you value the critical work we’re doing on codes, I hope you will consider making a year-end tax-deductible contribution to our Advocacy Fund.


- who has written 24 posts on Urban Green Blog.

Russell Unger is Executive Director of Urban Green Council, U.S. Green Building Council of New York and is a national leader in advocacy, education, and major initiatives for the green building movement. He has spearheaded GPRO, the Green Construction Skills Training Program for trade professionals; convened the Green Codes Task Force at the request of Mayor Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Quinn; and drafted and led negotiations on many environmental laws.

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