- Associated Press - Monday, September 28, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration is announcing a new program to help New York City buildings go green.

The mayor said Monday that City Hall has launched the NYC Retrofit Accelerator. It will provide free technical assistance and advisory services to building owners.

The program will employ advisers who will offer support for buildings to improve energy efficiency and water conservation.

They will also aid buildings trying to use clean energy.

The program aims to reduce citywide greenhouse gas emissions by 1 million metric tons per year by 2025. The mayor’s office wants to increase the number of annual retrofits to 1,000.

The initiative is part of de Blasio’s overarching goal to reduce emissions by 80 percent by 2050.

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