In December of 2013, the City of New York published a long-awaited study that mapped a pathway to reduce the city’s carbon footprint 80% by 2050 (compared to a 2005 baseline). The report identifies and analyzes the four highest impact sectors: energy supply, transportation, solid waste and buildings; and outlines the most cost effective means available in each sector to reach the 80 X 50 target. Not surprisingly, buildings play a major role in the report- accounting for more than 60% of the carbon footprint reductions identified.

The 80 X 50 study includes a significant focus on the residential sector, which makes up 70% of the square footage of the city and outlines the continued need for education and technical assistance within the design, construction and real estate communities. As noted by the authors, accelerating action in the near term is critical to meeting an aggressive goal like 80 X 50. Join us as we map out the path to achieving this important milestone.


Steve Caputo, Senior Advisor for Housing and Economic Development, NYC Office of the Mayor

Anish Melwani, Director, McKinsey & Co.

Jeff Perlman, Founder, Bright Power

Richard Leigh, Director of Research, Urban Green Council


Clara Bonham-Carter, Sustainability Principal, AECOM

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