We Stay / Nos Quedamos joins Climate Warrior Cohorts in Demanding Mayor de Blasio Invest New City Budget to Fight Climate Change
This morning, We Stay / Nos Quedamos joined a cohort of Climate Warriors and labor leaders at City Hall, along with NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer and City Council Members Antonio Reynoso, Costa Constantides, Keith Powers and Helen Rosenthal, to urge Mayor de Blasio to invest more in fighting climate change.
We called on de Blasio to negotiate a city budget this year that prioritizes renewable energy and energy efficiency. At this news event, organized by the Climate Works for All coalition, some speakers called for $1 billion in new annual funding for energy efficiency retrofits in affordable and public housing units. A $3 billion green bond program for funding local renewable energy projects was also discussed.
Climate cohort members emphasized that these larger city budget investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency are crucial for tackling climate change more aggressively.
There is no time to waste.
Without these investments, New York City cannot achieve its goal of 80% emissions reduction by 2050, especially in buildings, the largest source of climate pollution.
In 2019, the Climate Works for All coalition was instrumental in the passage of Local Law 97, also known as the dirty buildings law, which requires significant energy efficiency upgrades and improvements to New York City’s buildings. The law was crafted and passed in response to a 2017 report from ALIGN that highlighted the role of New York City’s dirty buildings – especially those owned by Donald Trump and Jared Kushner– in driving climate pollution and emissions.
$1 billion added to the city budget annually will bring the benefits of energy efficiency to affordable and public housing residents and further support meeting the overarching emissions reduction goals set forth by the Dirty Buildings law. This investment will create thousands of career-oriented jobs in energy efficiency.
It can be paid for in various ways, including through higher taxes on the wealthiest New Yorkers – a proposal that the vast majority of residents in the city support.