New York City has many famous nicknames: the city that never sleeps, the concrete jungle, the city so beautiful they named it twice, etc.
Now, thanks to a groundbreaking update to the zoning code, New Yorkers might be excited to embrace one of its new titles: the “City of Yes.”
Earlier in 2023, the New York City Council adopted the City of Yes for Carbon Neutrality zoning ordinance to promote sustainable initiatives such as creating clean energy and making it easier for residents to access chargers for electric vehicles.
These revised zoning laws allowed more than 8,500 acres of parking lots to be covered with solar canopies, which could power more than 130,000 homes when fully built out, as Electrek reports.
“By modernizing our city’s zoning code, we have taken a bold step forward in the fight against climate change while providing cleaner air, lower energy costs, smarter waste management and better access to electric technologies for New Yorkers across the city,” said Mayor Eric Adams. .
Not only does the “City of Yes” regulation allow more rooftop space to be covered with solar panels, but it also allows the installation of electric vehicle charging stations on an additional 400 million square feet throughout the city.
These changes pave the way for the New York City Council’s ambitious goals to reduce the region’s global warming pollution by 2050, paying particular attention to transforming the city’s energy grid and encouraging the shift electric vehicles and public transport.
By installing solar panels on existing structures and promoting the use of electric vehicles, New York is reducing its carbon footprint and setting an example for other cities in helping to create a cleaner, greener future that benefits our planet and to our future generations.
While many are excited about this news and upcoming green developments, people are advocating for these types of clean energy initiatives to be implemented in parking lots across the country.
“These are great anywhere, but it especially drives me crazy to see huge parking lots in California and Arizona that could be covered in them, with the added bonus of keeping cars cool during the summers. ‘Arizona, especially!’ » underlined a speaker.
“It’s easy to see this as a win for New York, but take it local,” said another. “Think about how many major parking lots you can name within several miles of your home. To me, that’s hundreds of acres. This is an idea that is long overdue.
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