CBS New York:
The New York City Council on Friday proposed a package of bills intended to battle climate change by slashing greenhouse emissions, shrinking the carbon footprint of city operations, and cutting the number of cars on the road.
The legislation, which builds on environmental initiatives undertaken over the past decade, was announced ahead of next week’s United Nations climate summit.
A bill being introduced by Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-22nd), of Queens, would set a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent from a 2005 baseline.
The package of bills includes measures designed to promote low-carbon transportation such as bicycles and to expand a car-sharing program for city-owned vehicles.
Because buildings are responsible for 75 percent of the city’s greenhouse gas emissions, several measures are intended to make large and small buildings more energy efficient.
One bill would require managers of large buildings to complete a training course in energy efficient operations of building systems.
There is also a proposal for a “Green Jobs Corps” program that would train New Yorkers in areas such as performing energy audits and retrofitting buildings.