Energy Reduction Strategies for New York City Cultural Institutions
In accordance with the Mayor’s One City: Built to Last climate action plan, New York City aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from city buildings by 80% from 2005 levels by the year 2050. Complying with this plan poses unique challenges to each member of the Cultural Institutions Group (CIG), 33 institutions located on city property that receive funding from the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) and provide cultural services in exchange. In order to understand these challenges, the Capstone team used city-provided data to conduct a comprehensive analysis of energy usage by CIG buildings. The team also conducted an online survey of all 33 institutions to evaluate their interactions with DCLA, and conducted in-depth interviews with a select sample from the 33 institutions. Based on the data collected and the information provided by CIG, the team compiled a summary of findings and recommendations on how to increase energy efficiency with the assistance of city programs.