Applications Now Open For Empire Building Challenge

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ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) – Applications are now open for a second cohort of real estate partners to join New York’s $50 million Empire Building challenge.

This will help advance climate-friendly buildings in the state.

Under the program, the state is seeking teams of real estate owners, mechanical,  and electrical engineering companies to develop ways to de-carbonize heating and hot water in high rise buildings.

“Real estate owners across New York State stepped up to the plate last year in committing to reduce harmful emissions in their building portfolios, and now we are looking for others to join in the effort as we continue our aggressive efforts to combat climate change,” Governor Hochul said. “Through the Empire Building Challenge, we are advancing scalable solutions for low-carbon retrofits to reduce our state’s reliance on fossil fuel. By introducing these low-carbon solutions to our climate agenda, we continue to foster the innovative technologies of the future and advance our climate goals.”

Expanding market capacity and commitments to building decarbonization advances Governor Hochul’s nation-leading Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 85 percent by 2050.

Applications are due by 3:00 p.m. on May 18, 2022, and selections are expected in July 2022.

Applications can be found by clicking here.


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