Some of the key New York City efforts to address climate change include the University Challenge, the greening of Broadway, and the million trees project. Mr. Aggarwala also mentioned that the city is looking into greening hospitals and black cars, establishing a green codes task force and a lighting program that would provide an energy efficiency training and support system for light workers.
There are a lot of ways that local decision-makers can make their cities and states more environmentally conscious. I think that federal leaders will need to increasingly turn their gaze downwards to see how these local initiatives can take a step towards national policies.
The great part about programs like this is that it draws in people from different sides of the equation to learn from one another and to engage in a productive dialogue.