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STRATEGIES FOR RESILIENT BUILDING & FACILITY CARBON REDUCTION

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Welcome to The New York Healthcare Decarbonization Guide.

This guide is the primary resource of the New York Healthcare Protocol (NYHP), an ongoing industry collaboration led by New York City Chapter of ASHRAE, with support from ASHRAE Society, other ASHRAE Chapters within New York State, and ASHRAE Regional Leadership (Region I). The guide will aid hospitals in New York State and beyond with their decarbonization efforts. It provides first-steps assistance and technical guidance to hospitals preparing to meet climate goals as set forth in New York State’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), also known as The Climate Act. That Act, which was passed into law in 2019, mandates that Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions in New York State be reduced to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030, and 85% below 1990 levels by 2050¹. 

In the wake of The Climate Act, other local legislation has been enacted, including New York City’s Local Law 97. Federal legislation is expected to follow in the near future². In anticipation of these new laws, an increasing number of hospitals around New York State are getting serious about strategically reducing their carbon emissions.

This guide was created to support facility directors and other hospital staff in those decarbonization efforts. It contains tools and resources that will help hospital personnel to evaluate the current state of their facilities, develop an overall decarbonization strategy, identify and prioritize individual decarbonization projects, and secure the funding needed to cost-effectively complete them.

This guide will help hospitals of all types and of all sizes, those with abundant resources and those without, to navigate the decarbonization process while also realizing their resiliency goals. It will be especially helpful to hospitals that are just beginning their decarbonization journey, however even hospitals in the midst of a decarbonization initiative may find it useful and informative.

DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed in this document are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent official policy or views of the Decarbonization with Resilience Steering Committee or any of its partner organizations or contributors. For more information on the laws and regulations governing your facility improvement projects, please refer to New York State and local government resources.

¹State of New York Official Website, https://climate.ny.gov
²The White House Official Website, https://www.whitehouse.gov/climate/