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Donna DeCostanzo, Director, Northeast Energy and Sustainable Communities, New York

Donna DeCostanzo

I work on energy policy in NRDC’s New York Office – advocating for the implementation of policies that increase energy efficiency and renewable energy deployment and promote sustainable communities and smart growth, with a primary focus on New York State and New York City.

Recent Posts

NYC Walks the Walk on Greening its Buildings

Posted December 22, 2015 by Donna DeCostanzo

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Fresh from the Paris climate conference, New York City announced some important news that once again demonstrates why the Big Apple is an international leader on climate: energy efficiency upgrades that will save taxpayers millions of dollars over the next...continued

New York City Turbocharges 'Carbon Challenge' in Big Environmental Push

Posted September 28, 2015 by Donna DeCostanzo

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Mayor de Blasio today announced a significant expansion of the successful New York City Carbon Challenge - one of a series of initiatives that are central to the city's One City: Built to Last plan. This groundbreaking program, which currently...continued

Think Globally, Act Locally: Building Community Clean Energy Capacity in New York State

Posted July 14, 2015 by Donna DeCostanzo

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With the release of its 2015 State Energy Plan and $5 billion Clean Energy Fund proposal just a few weeks ago, New York is poised to become a national and global leader on clean energy. Its goals: by 2030, to...continued

OneNYC: Continuing the Big Apple's Tradition of Clean Energy Leadership

Posted May 8, 2015 by Donna DeCostanzo

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio released the city's One New York: The Plan for a Strong and Just City on Earth Day, and it sets out the mayor's expansive sustainability agenda for the greatest city in the world....continued

Governor Cuomo Empowers New York's Cities through Investment in Clean Energy

Posted January 22, 2015 by Donna DeCostanzo

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Living in cities is one of the most environmentally friendly things we can do - their more compact design allows residents to drive less and live and work in smaller, denser spaces, thus consuming fewer resources and generating fewer carbon...continued

As We Get Set for Climate Week in the Big Apple, NYC Can Demonstrate Strong Leadership on Energy and Climate

Posted September 17, 2014 by Donna DeCostanzo

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Climate Week is coming up next week here in the Big Apple, which is great news! The international forum draws world attention to the critical issue of climate change. It also highlights what we New Yorkers can do in our...continued

Getting into the Green Zone: New York City Adopts Zoning Amendments to Further Promote Green Buildings

Posted May 1, 2012 by Donna DeCostanzo

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New York City has demonstrated its continued leadership on sustainability and addressing climate change with the adoption of “Zone Green”, an amendment to New York City's zoning resolution that will make it easier to build new green buildings, as well as retrofit older...continued

With PlaNYC Update, New York City Continues to Lead on Energy and Climate

Posted April 22, 2011 by Donna DeCostanzo

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The update to PlaNYC - New York City’s long-term plan for a sustainable future – which was released yesterday, continues to demonstrate Mayor Bloomberg’s leadership on clean energy and climate change.  There is an important role for cities to play...continued

New York City Council Passes Landmark Legislation to Create a Greener, Greater Big Apple

Posted December 15, 2009 by Donna DeCostanzo

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Last week, the New York City Council overwhelmingly adopted a landmark package of green buildings legislation that will greatly increase the energy efficiency of existing buildings.  In addition to creating a New York City Energy Conservation Code, the suite of...continued

New York City's "Greener, Greater Buildings" Legislation – a Win-Win for New Yorkers and the Environment

Posted December 7, 2009 by Donna DeCostanzo

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The New York City Council is expected to vote this Wednesday on four critical bills that together comprise one of the country’s most comprehensive efforts to reduce energy consumption in existing buildings.  These four bills (Proposed Int. Nos. 476-A, 564-A,...continued


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