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Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, EPA Regional Administrator Jane M. Kenny and Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Christopher O. Ward Announce Design Competition For Green Buildings

Submitted by: City of New York, The

Categories: Environment

Posted: Sep 29, 2003 – 12:00 AM EST


New York City Partners with Environmental Protection Agency on Design Competition for Prototype of Green Buildings for New York City

Sep. 29 /CSRwire/ - NEW YORK, NY - Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regional Administrator Jane M. Kenny and Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Christopher O. Ward today announced that New York City will hold a sustainable building design competition. Partnering with the American Institute of Architects, Earthpledge, the Museum of the City of New York and others, the competition will invites all interested parties to showcase how green building principles can be incorporated into existing and new building stock. The competition will seek ideas on how to utilize distributed power generation, solar and wind energy, brown field developments, and water and energy conservation in new building designs.

"Sustainable development is crucial to New York City's future," said Mayor Bloomberg. "Creating new buildings, retrofitting old ones to be more energy efficient and incorporating new technologies that are less expensive and environmentally friendly is vital for the continued growth of our City. With major renewal projects in Lower Manhattan, Downtown Brooklyn, Western Queens, Greenpoint/Williamsburg and the far West Side of Manhattan, the need for sustainable development is as great today as in any time in our City's history. I am proud to be joining the Environmental Protection Agency, AIA, Earthpledge and the Museum of the City of New York is this important endeavor."

"Green buildings are a proud legacy to leave future generations of New Yorkers," said Regional Administrator Kenny. "They connect our vision for urban growth with our concern for preserving our natural resources and protecting human health. We are delighted to join our partners on a project that will serve as a catalyst for the development of green buildings across the country."

"I am pleased to join with the Mayor and Regional Administrator Jane Kenny of the Environmental Protection Agency, in partnership with Earth Pledge and other local environmental groups, to announce the City's first-ever green building design competition," said Commissioner Ward. "This effort will foster further sustainable development in a variety of sectors: residential, commercial, industrial and public space. The competition is designed to encourage new, innovative, and fresh designs from a wide range of individuals and firms, and will build upon the substantial base of sustainable activities already underway in the City."

A panel of experts will oversee the competition. Awards of $5,000 will be presented in five categories: industrial, single family residences and low-rise apartments, high-rise residential and hotels, commercial and public buildings. Winners will have their designs displayed publicly in all five boroughs. All entries must be submitted by 1/15/04, with the winner announced in early 2004. Additional details will be available on and in October.

For more information, please contact:

Edward Skyler / Jordan Barowitz New York City Press Office
Phone: +1-212-(212) 788-295
Nina Habib Spencer EPA
Phone: +1-212-637-3669


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