Building a Carbon-Free Future

Building a Carbon-Free Future

Jim Landau LEED AP Jen Jaclin
SEP 17, 2021

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In April 2019, the New York City Council passed Local Law 97, requiring large buildings in the city’s five boroughs to reduce their carbon emissions by 2024 or face potentially large fines or mitigation costs. Billed as the most stringent decarbonization mandate for buildings in the country, the policy sparked controversy. But it was also part of a broadening trend. Washington, D.C. and St. Louis have passed climate laws focused on making buildings greener, and Boston is on the verge of enacting a similar policy. At the state level, Washington has passed aggressive carbon-pricing legislation, and many believe that a federal carbon tax in the U.S. is very likely on the horizon.