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December 19, 2012

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Release: 176-2012

Speaker Quinn and Building Resiliency Task Force Kick Off Inaugral Meeting at City Hall

In Post-Sandy New York City, Task Force Will Examine How to Make City’s Buildings Stronger

City Hall, NY- City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn and the Bloomberg Administration today kicked off the inaugural meeting of the Building Resiliency Task Force with the Urban Green Council and industry stakeholders, including the Real Estate Board of New York.

The Task Force, first announced last month in Speaker Quinn’s visionary blueprint to prepare New York City for the consequences of global climate change, will examine how to better prepare buildings for extreme weather events and floods.

“In the weeks since Hurricane Sandy hit New York City, we’ve begun to learn more about what caused some buildings to fail and what made others more resilient,” said Speaker Christine C. Quinn. “While we must continue to work toward mitigating climate change by reducing greenhouse gases, we must also adapt our planning processes, infrastructure and delivery of services in order to protect against the risk of severe storms. I thank the Building Resiliency Task Force for coming together to help develop proposals to construct buildings that can better withstand the effects of climate change and look forward to reviewing the Task Force recommendations in the year ahead.”

“New York City launched the most comprehensive sustainability program in the nation with PlaNYC in 2007, and Hurricane Sandy has demonstrated the urgency of the work to better understand and prepare for our climate risks,” said Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. “The Building Resiliency Task Force is a critical component of our planning, and this team will help inform how we can manage and protect the buildings that make up our businesses and homes. I want to thank Russell Unger for his commitment and all the members for their service on the Task Force.”

Led by the Urban Green Council and made up of nearly 100 representatives from the real estate and construction industries, the Building Resiliency Task Force will review the City’s current building codes and owner operational practices.  The Task Force will release its recommendations next year.

"We are honored to lead such a talented and experienced coalition of experts to prepare the City’s buildings for improved disaster resiliency and recovery. This task force is unparalleled in its technical expertise," said Russell Unger, Executive Director of Urban Green Council.  "We look forward to sharing our recommendations that will allow New York City buildings to weather the potential climate change of the 21st century."

"As our City and our climate continues to change and evolve, so must our building regulations," said Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri. "We are thrilled to work with Mayor Bloomberg, Speaker Quinn and this new task force to develop new standards to better protect New Yorkers and their properties during future storms or natural events. Building regulations save lives, and that's why it is so critical to update them when necessary."

Today’s meeting served as a kick-off event for Task Force members and included presentations on climate change and a discussion of the group’s core mission and organization.