NYC's Greenest Skyscrapers
Because yesterday was St. Patrick's Day when everything is awash in green (green beer! green bagels! green everything!), we thought we'd share this rundown of the six greenest skyscrapers in New York City. Some are well-known, some are still under construction, and some may surprise you.
Buildings in NYC are some of the biggest contributors to air pollution and CO2 emissions, and many buildings are not energy efficient, not only causing pollution but also wasting fuel and money. The City Council has just announced that it will require new city-owned buildings to receive LEED certifications, and the new citywide Retrofit Accelerator program was created to help older city-owned buildings make changes that will improve their efficiency and bring us closer to the "80 by 50" goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 80% of 2005 levels by 2050.
So which buildings take the prize? Here's the list, and you can read more about each building and its green features on Inhabitat here:
1. Bank of America Building, One Bryant Park
2. Empire State Building, Fifth Avenue & 34th Street
3. Hearst Tower, 300 West 57th Street
4. One World Trade Center
5. The New York Times Building, Eighth Avenue bet 40th & 41st Sts
6. Conde Nast Building, 4 Times Square
While all of these buildings are both privately owned and in Manhattan, we look forward to seeing a lot more green buildings, both public and private, in the years to come! And congratulations to our friends in the green building industry who worked on these projects, including CookFox Architects, FXFOWLE Architects and SOM. Keep up the great work, everyone!