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NYC LEED Open Green Map

So much in this city can be described as “green.” Each street corner may reveal a sprawling farmer’s market of local fruits and vegetables or perhaps a painted green concrete bike lane. As New York City enters an age in which it must improve its energy yield, Green Building is at the forefront in creating a sustainable metropolis. In 2007 Mayor Michael Bloomberg released PlaNYC, a plan to reduce New York City’s greenhouse gas emissions by more than 30% by 2030. In April 2011, an updated version of PlaNYC concluded that 80% of New York City’s greenhouse gas emissions are due to the operation of buildings. From sprouting skyscrapers to historic brownstones, buildings define our cityscape. In order to move towards sustainability, NYC must improve the performance of existing buildings and any new construction to come.

As an Urban Design and Architecture Studies student at New York University, I have focused my efforts on environmental design and issues. NYU and Green Map System have worked together in the past to create NYU Open Green Map, highlighting the university’s Green Grants projects. Since the start of my internship, Green Map System has allowed me to continue my studies of Green Buildings. And I have learned plenty. In 2006, Green Map System launched the Powerful Green Map of NYC: Charting the Energy in New York’s Environment. At that time The Solaire of Battery Park City was the only certified LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building in NYC. Since then, over a hundred new sites have been LEED certified displaying New York City’s commitment to sustainability.

Within the first few weeks of my internship, I took the initiative to create an Open Green Map of all the certified LEED buildings in the five boroughs of New York City. In addition, all of the LEED sites will later be added to an extension of the 2006 Powerful Green Map of NYC. While I worked on the map, Green Map System also sponsored my enrollment in a LEED Green Associate Course at the Center for Architecture. This provided me with an excellent understanding of LEED while I worked on the Open Green Map. With the completion of the class, I have now been accepted to take my LEED Green Associate test in the upcoming year. I am so grateful for the support from Green Map System in my pursuit to be an accredited LEED Green Associate.

NYC LEED Open Green Map is constantly being updated with new information on certified LEED buildings. I look forward to this upcoming fall as I continue my work at Green Map System. Stay tuned!

Brigid Keating – New York University 2012