In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy the loss of life and property highlighted that the proximity to water, which had once made New York City a global economic powerhouse had become a liability and preventative action would be required. Sandy’s destructive power can largely be attributed to a storm surge of about 9 ft.
All of the issues addressed in the previous volumes- overheating, water loss, and energy waste- affect tenants just as much as they do building owners. As a result, the City of New York has laid out more public-private partnerships aimed at boosting the autonomy of individual tenants and achieving economic justice.
One of the best ways to fight the burdensome electricity costs associated with inefficient building systems is through on-site power generation. Though installation may be initially intimidating, three programs exist to aid New Yorkers in creating clean, independent electricity that they may profit from by selling it back to the grid.
In this exclusive interview, Alexandra talks about sustainability trends she is noticing as a board member of SmartUp Accelerator and Science Park Borås. She also gives valuable advice to sustainability SMEs and startups. This is part two of a two-part interview with Alexandra.