In the 1930s, the Empire State Building was proof of what a combination of innovation and hard work could accomplish in a race to build the tallest skyscraper in the world.
Today, former U.S. President Bill Clinton joined New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to announce that the Empire State Building is joining the race against climate change.
The building will undergo an energy-saving retrofit to improve building efficiency, reduce its carbon footprint, and save on utility costs:
· New high-efficiency windows
· Redesigned heating, cooling, ventilating systems
· Improved lighting efficiency
The goal is to reduce energy use by 38%, saving over 105,000 metric tons of greenhouse gasses over the next 15 years.