RBF President Stephen Heintz spoke alongside fellow panelists Rev. Hendrik Grape of the Church of Sweden, James Randerson of The Guardian, moderator May Boeve of 350.org, and Julia Christian of Fossil Free SOAS. (Photo courtesy of Reinhard Bütikofer)
As part of an ambitious plan to reduce the city’s carbon footprint by 80 percent by 2050, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio formally requested the energy sector to help identify solutions to power the city government’s operations using renewable energy. RBF grantee Architecture 2030 has published a report, Achieving 80x50 , which recommends that New York City update its building code to meet high-performance standards on efficiency and integration of renewables.
More than 100 corporations, states, regions, and cities around the world have committed to ambitious targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to research published by CDP and The Climate Group, an RBF grantee. At least 40 companies, 13 states and regions, and 74 cities have committed to cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 80 to 100 percent, or acquiring 100 percent of their power from renewable sources.
The International Union of Architects unanimously adopted and committed to a plan to phase out all fossil fuel carbon dioxide emissions from the buildings industry by 2050. Michael Northrop, director of the Sustainable Development program at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, writes that the declaration is a significant step toward reaching a universal, legal climate agreement in 2015.
The University of Delaware's College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment has launched a program to promote regional collaboration and information sharing on offshore wind across all sectors. The Special Initiative on Offshore Wind (SIOW) focuses on capitalizing on lessons learned from European clean energy efforts, generating objective analytics and communications on the benefits of offshore wind, and fostering collaboration among the states.