The Council of the City of New York
Office of Costa Constantinides
For Immediate Release
September 21, 2014
Contact: Shachar Sharon
Council to Hear and Pass Constantinides Bill to Reduce Carbon Emissions
Part of Council’s Comprehensive Platform to Combat Climate Change
New York City Hall – In advance of the UN Climate Summit, Mayor de Blasio announced a pledge to make our City greener and the City Council announced a forward-thinking policy platform to strengthen this City’s commitment to a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly future. Recent scientific consensus indicates that keeping the effects of climate change in a manageable range requires keeping average planetary temperature rise to less than 2 degrees Celsius. Numerous scientific and government bodies have said that to meet this target, we need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050 and eliminate them almost entirely by the end of the century.
The Council’s platform states, “To meet this imperative, the Council will hear and pass Int. 378 by Council Member Constantinides, which will commit the City to reducing emissions 80% by 2050 from a 2005 baseline through its long-term sustainability plan.”
“Our planet is faced with 21st Century environmental issues that require 21st Century solutions,” said Council Member Costa Constantinides. “The Council is taking a bold stand in providing sustainable solutions so that we remain resilient in the face of climate change. I thank Speaker Mark-Viverito, as well as Chair of the Council Environmental Protection Committee Donovan Richards, for their leadership and vision to take on these challenges with strong action. INT. 378 provides our city with a mandate to hasten our response to the climate change in a meaningful way. This new paradigm will encourage innovation, technological progress, and legislation to continue our movement towards a more sustainable and resilient city. The milestones and benchmarks involved in reducing our city’s emissions by 80% by 2050 will not only boldly seek to meet the challenges of climate change but reduce asthma, provide cleaner air, improve overall health for many New Yorkers and create new green jobs.”
Costa Constantinides represents the New York City Council’s 22nd District, which includes his native Astoria along with parts of Woodside, East Elmhurst, and Jackson Heights. He serves as the chair the City Council’s Sub-Committee on Libraries and sits on seven standing committees: Civil Service & Labor, Contracts, Cultural Affairs, Environmental Protection, Oversight & Investigations, Sanitation, and Transportation. For more information, visit council.nyc.gov/costa.