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Local Law 97 - Making New York City's Building Environmentally Friendly

Local Law 97 - Making New York City's Building Environmentally Friendly

New York City is like no other city in the United States or worldwide. 

New York City was already the largest city in the United States by 1860, and despite the city’s location at New York Harbor, New York was not primarily known as a port city the way Boston was. While New York City was built upon trade, especially in beaver pelts, by its location and the completion of the Erie Canal in 1825, the city boomed due to the rise in manufacturing. After the canal opened and the subsequent boom in trade and manufacturing, New York also became the financial center of the United States despite Philadelphia’s initial dominance.

By 1860, New York was, by far, the largest and most influential city in the United States, even before the consolidation of the five boroughs in 1898. Manhattan, which was all of New York City a the time, had a population of 814,000, and the City of Brooklyn had another 279,000 people. By the turn of the century, two years after the consolidation of the five boroughs into what we now know as New York City, the population had climbed to 3.4 million. By 1940, the population of New York City had more than doubled to 7.4 million. In 2022, New York City had 8.5 million residents, with the New York Metropolitan Area having 18.8 million residents.

New York City Council passed the highly ambitious and far-reaching Local Law 97, called the Climate Mobilization Act, which was a part of then-Mayor Bill de Blasio’s New York City Green New Deal. A study of greenhouse gas emissions in New York City showed that two-thirds of greenhouse gas emissions came from buildings throughout the city.

Under the Climate Mobilization Act, most of the buildings in New York City will be required to meet new energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions limits by 2024, with additional requirements and new limits going into effect in 2030. The goal of the law is to reduce emissions by 40% by 2030 and by an incredible 80% by 2050.

One Source Supply has been supplying buildings and building complexes with green, environmentally-safe cleaning supplies for years. However, as buildings start to align with this new law, we have seen a sharp increase in interest in these green supplies.

Besides green cleaning supplies, whatever you need to upgrade the energy efficiency of your building, One Source Supply is here to ensure you get what you need.

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