The Carbon Challenge is a voluntary leadership initiative and public-private partnership between the Mayor's Office of Sustainability and leaders in the private, institutional, and non-profit sectors who have committed to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 30% or more over ten years. The Mayor's Office provides support, resources, and recognition as participants pursue different energy efficiency improvements, efficient on-site generation, and sustainability initiatives.
Over 100 participants have taken the NYC Carbon Challenge pledge, including the City's largest universities, hospitals, commercial owners and tenants, residential property management firms, hotels, and retail organizations.21 participants have already met the 30 percent goal, and 19 universities, hospitals, and commercial offices have expanded their commitment to a 50 percent or greater reduction by 2025. Others have made even greater commitments: in 2019, We Work was the first Carbon Challenge participant to commit to a full 100% reduction in emissions.
Altogether, participants have cut their annual emissions by 580,000 metric tons of carbon and are collectively saving almost $190 million annually in lower energy costs. By the end of the program, current participants are projected to reduce citywide emissions by nearly 1,500,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent– the equivalent of taking more than 300,000 cars off the roads – and result in an estimated $700 million in energy cost savings.
Current participants include:
City University of New York
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
Fashion Institute of Technology
The New School
New York University
NYU Tandon School of Engineering
The Rockefeller University
School of Visual Arts
St. John's University
Weill Cornell Medicine
Maimonides Medical Center
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Montefiore Medical Center
Mount Sinai Health System
NYC Health + Hospitals
NYU Langone Health
Commercial Owners and Tenants
Allen & Overy LLP
Barnes & Noble
Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
JP Morgan Chase
Kirkland & Ellis, LLP
Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP
Sumitomo Corporation of Americas
White & Case LLP
YMCA of Greater New York
Forest City Ratner Companies
IC US Capital Properties LLC
Normandy Real Estate Partners
Rudin Management Company, Inc.
Silverstein Properties, Inc.
SL Green Realty Corp.
Vornado Realty Trust
A&E Real Estate
AKAM Associates, Inc.
Ascendant Neighborhood Development Corporation
AvalonBay Communities, Inc.
Charles H. Greenthal Management Corp.
Community League of the Heights
Douglas Elliman Property Management
Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement, Inc.
Marion Scott Real Estate, Inc.
New Holland Residences
New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA)
RiseBoro Community Partnership
Riverbay Corporation at Co-op City
Selfhelp Community Services Inc.
StuyTown Property Services
1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge
1 Hotel Central Park
Crowne Plaza Times Square
Grand Hyatt New York
Hampton Inn NY - LaGuardia Airport
LaGuardia Plaza Hotel
Loews Regency Hotel
Lotte New York Palace
The Peninsula New York
The Pierre, A Taj Hotel
InterContinental New York Barclay
InterContinental New York Times Square
Roger Smith Hotel
Waldorf Astoria New York
The Westin New York at Times Square
Wyndham Midtown 45 at New York City
Bank of America
Barnes and Noble
Le Pain Quotidien