Mayor Bloomberg announces major private sector involvement in PlaNYC

C40 Chair and Mayor of New York Michael R. Bloombergannounced this morning that ten private companies have joined the Carbon Challenge, a PlaNYC initiative that encourages businesses, universities, hospitals, and other private organizations to slash carbon emissions to reduce the impact of climate change.

“I want to applaud the commitment of the 10 companies making the Carbon Challenge pledge, as well as the universities and hospitals that have already taken steps to become more efficient. Their leadership on this issue is not only going to move our city toward a more sustainable future; we also hope it will inspire others to follow suit.”

The Carbon Challenge – which includes 35 university campuses and 11 of the largest hospital organizations – started in 2007 as a complement to the city’s ambitious plans to reduce citywide emissions by 30 percent by 2030.

Mayor Bloomberg also announced this morning that the city is more than halfway to meeting its 2030 target, and the expanded participation in the Carbon Challenge will no doubt help the city reach its goal even faster.

“Through the Mayor’s Carbon Challenge, the City, State and private sector have formed a successful partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that impact our environment and the quality of life for millions of residents,” said President and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority Francis J. Murray, Jr.

The ten companies joining PlaNYC’s Carbon Challenge include:

  • American International Group
  • BlackRock
  • Bloomberg LP
  • Credit Suisse
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Google
  • JetBlue Airways
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • PVH

For the full press release, click here.

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