Going Green: One Skyscraper at a Time

Surprisingly, New York ranks number one in the country reducing energy and increasing efficiency thanks to the city-sponsored LEED Certification. Over the past few years, dozens of hospitals, office buildings, universities and residential units have committed to voluntarily participate in the program that would reduce emissions by 30 percent in the next ten years.

There is a rating system which includes: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum.

The first iconic building to go Platinum was the Bank of America Tower in New York, New York. It is considered the world model for green architecture in sky scrapers. The building uses technologies like insulated glazing to maximize light and contain heat while dimming automatically in the day light hours. The air leaving the building is filtered and the building utilizes greywater system to catch and re-use rain water.

The Empire State Building (owned and operated by Anthony Malkin) underwent a transformation in 2010 spending over $100 million dollars to make it more energy efficient. It was awarded the Gold standard by the LEED certification and remains one of the most iconic skyscrapers in New York. It has been visited by celebrities ranging from football star, Aaron Curry to Ally McBeal star Calista Flockhart. To see the entire celeb list visit here!

The One World Trade Center is not only one of the tallest buildings in the world, it will also be one of the greenest. It is equipped with fuel cell stacks to provide almost 4.8 million watts per hour of clean energy per hour! The extra energy from the fuel cell stacks is used to create hot water and heat in the building in a process called waste steam recycling. The building is also designed to catch rainwater and use it for cooling and fire protection. To pick up the slack on air conditioning, it uses a system called Central Chiller Plant (CCP) which uses water from the Hudson River.

The site seeing in New York is never a disappointment but, these buildings are a must see for anyone interested in clean energy and how New York is making a difference; one skyscraper at a time. For a complete list of the buildings in New York that are dedicated to protecting the environment.