Governor Hochul and Mayor Adams Announce Initial Investment of $70 Million to Decarbonize NYCHA Buildings as Part of Clean Heat for All Challenge


New York City Department of Buildings Commissioner Eric A. Ulrich said, “I applaud Mayor Adams and Governor Hochul for leading by example with this forward-thinking action plan, showing private building owners that through innovation and investment, we can make real progress in reducing harmful greenhouse gases from our buildings.”

New York City Mayor’s Office of Climate and Environment justice executive Director Kizzy Charles Guzman said, “The technology developed through the Clean Heat for All Challenge will transform the market and help remove many of the barriers buildings face to adopting clean heating and cooling. The cleaner air, improved comfort and safety provided by heat pumps are essential to the health of our communities, and this partnership will have impacts far beyond the affordable housing market: it will create local green jobs, support New York City’s efforts to help homeowners through programs such as ElectrifyNYC and continue to demonstrate city and state leadership in addressing the climate crisis.”

New York City Council Member Julie Won said: “Since August 2021, our neighbors in NYCHA Woodside homes live without heat or hot water. Hurricane Ida flooded outdated heating systems and they were never repaired. Access to sustainable and environmentally friendly heat sources is a necessity. We have seen with our own eyes how many of our residents lived without heat in the dead of winter, like those who experienced the fire at the Twin Parks complex in the Bronx. Clean heat for all is essential to ensure that our NYCHA residents do not overheat and freeze during blackouts. Installation of 150,000 electric heat pumps in NYCHA complexes across our city is an important step towards a greener New York and I want to thank Governor Kathy Hochul and Mayor Adams for prioritizing Woodside homes during this launch.

Midea Adam Schultz, R&D Director of Residential Air Conditioning at the US Research Center, said:Midea is excited to lead the development of new technologies that can support more energy efficient and environmentally friendly heating and cooling options. Midea has a rich history in developing innovative air conditioning products, including advanced heat pump and inverter technologies. As a result, the product we have developed for the ‘Clean Heat for All Challenge’ is the next generation of innovation, leveraging our decades of expertise to deliver a cold climate window heat pump at levels of very high efficiency. We believe this product is a big step toward achieving the clean energy goals the city and state are striving for and the start of a strong partnership.”

Vince, CEO of Gradient Romanin said, “With the introduction of Local Law 97, New York City has taken a big step forward in the urgent fight against climate change. And as the largest public housing authority in North America, NYCHA facing an interesting challenge with LL97: installing heat pumps in buildings that were not designed for them. As many of our customers have found, installing mini-split heat pumps in older buildings can be expensive and complicated. But the way NYCHA promotes electrified heating and efficient cooling through the Clean Heat for All Challenge demonstrates its commitment to the comfort of its residents and the resilience of its infrastructure. This partnership is a huge validation of Gradient’s vision to advance construction decarburization in New York and beyond.”

Alex, Executive Director of the Public Housing Fund Zablocki said, “The Public Housing Fund is proud to support this innovative public-private partnership by launching the Clean Energy Academy, preparing public housing residents to work in a 21st century career. With our partners at NYCHAand support from government agencies and the private sector, the Clean Energy Academy will train 100 NYCHA residents within two years, preparing them for careers in building electrification and clean energy, providing residents with the opportunity to learn new skills and advance their careers in this growing sector. The Academy will provide a tailor-made program to meet the needs of NYCHA’s decarburization Goals. This program is only possible with the multi-year philanthropic support and technical expertise of our partners.”

Woodside Houses Tenant Association President Annie Cotton-Morris said: “Today, Governor Hochul and Mayor Adams send a powerful message on behalf of NYCHA residents: we deserve better. This multi-million dollar investment puts NYCHA at the cutting edge of clean energy while finally offering tenants the comfort of a warm home. I thank the governor and the mayor for defending NYCHA residents and look forward to their partnership as we continue to repair housing in New York. »

New York State National Climate Plan

New York State’s premier climate program is the nation’s most aggressive climate and clean energy initiative, calling for an orderly and just transition to clean energy that creates jobs and continues to drive a healthy economy. green as New York State recovers from the covid-19 pandemic. Enshrined in law by the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, New York is on track to achieve its mandated goal of a zero-emission electricity sector by 2040, including 70% power generation renewable energy by 2030, and achieve economy-wide carbon neutrality. It builds on New York’s unprecedented investments to expand clean energy, including more than $35 billion in 120 large-scale renewable energy and transmission projects across the state, $6.8 billion in dollars to reduce emissions from buildings, $1.8 billion to expand solar power, more than $1 billion for clean transportation initiatives, and more than $1.6 billion in NY Green Bank commitments . Together, these investments support nearly 158,000 jobs in New York’s clean energy sector in 2020, 2,100% growth in the distributed solar sector since 2011, and a commitment to develop 9,000 megawatts of offshore wind power from ‘by 2035. Under the Climate Act, New York will build on that progress and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 85 percent below 1990 levels by 2050, while ensuring ensuring that at least 35%, with a target of 40%, of the benefits of clean energy investments are directed to disadvantaged communities, and advancing progress towards the State’s 2025 Energy Efficiency Goal of reducing consumption of on-site energy of 185 trillion BTUs energy savings in end use.


The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), the largest public housing authority in North America, was established in 1935 to provide decent, affordable housing for low- and middle-income New Yorkers. NYCHA is home to approximately 1 in 16 New Yorkers in more than 177,000 apartments in 335 subdivisions. NYCHA serves more than 339,000 residents through the conventional public housing program (Section 9), more than 29,000 residents in developments that have been converted to PACT/RAD, and more than 92,000 families through federal rent subsidies ( rental housing program in section 8). In addition, NYCHA connects residents to opportunities for financial empowerment, business development, career advancement, and educational programs. With a housing stock that extends over the five boroughs, NYCHA is a city within a city.

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