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It's Not Easy Being Green

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The mayor's office released the second annual benchmarking report detailing the energy use of city buildings, and the Atlantic Cities pulled out some interesting numbers. Seventy-five percent of New York's large buildings are multi-family apartments, which complicates sustainability issues because of high turnover and little "sense of individual cost." On top of that, the "least-efficient quartile of the city's residential buildings produces about 23 percent of all the greenhouse gases from large buildings in NYC," which is "more than all the city's hospitals, banks, warehouses, stores, hotels and universities combined." Yikes! [Atlantic Cities; official PDF report]