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Hotels join NYC carbon challenge

With hotels filled to capacity as families celebrate the holiday season in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that 16 hotels are joining the NYC Carbon Challenge.

The partnership between the city and private sector leaders, the Carbon Callenge is a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from buildings by 30 percent or more in the next ten years.

It is a key part of Mayor de Blasio’s plan to reduce all citywide GHG emissions 80 percent by 2050.

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge
1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

The expansion of the Carbon Challenge to these 16 hotels is projected to reduce citywide GHG emissions by an additional 32,000 metric tons and result in an estimated $25 million in energy cost savings. “Whether we’re talking about universities, hospitals, and offices, or large apartment buildings and hotels, all of New York City has a stake in our fight against climate change,” said Mayor de Blasio.

“If some of New York’s most iconic hotels can significantly reduce their carbon footprint, anyone can. NYC Carbon Challenge participants are joining City government in leading by example through the green retrofits all buildings should make – and that’s no small feat.”

The current NYC Carbon Challenge participants make up over 255 million square feet of real estate and account for nearly seven percent of citywide building-based emissions.

The sixteen participating hotels include: 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, 1 Hotel Central Park, Crowne Plaza Times Square, Dream Downtown, Grand Hyatt New York, Hotel Pennsylvania, Hudson Hotel, Loews Regency Hotel, Lotte New York Palace, The Pierre – A Taj Hotel, The Peninsula New York, InterContinental New York Barclay, InterContinental New York Times Square, Roger Smith Hotel, Waldorf Astoria New York, and the Westin New York at Times Square. These hotels represent almost 10 million square feet, accounting for more than 11,000 rooms.

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