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New York's First Lady Pushes for Green Home Grants

Fresh on the heels of “greening” the Governor’s Mansion following the January 1, 2007, inauguration of her husband, New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, First Lady Silda Wall Spitzer is now working to help other New York residents do the same. The First Lady has proposed legislation to grant up to $10,000 for new or renovated homes that meet “green building criteria.” New York’s Deputy Secretary for the Environment, Judith Enck, said the grants would encourage “typical middle-class homeowners to embrace LEED standards in their homes.” Spitzer said that part of the intention is to defray the costs of improving energy efficiency. Grants would be awarded at a rate of $5/ft2 ($50/m2) for up to $10,000 per home, a formula modeled after the state’s incentive for greening commercial buildings.

Published September 28, 2007

Rachel, N. (2007, September 28). New York's First Lady Pushes for Green Home Grants. Retrieved from

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