assignment 9 Create a post of about 350 words or less of well-written text refer
assignment 9 Create a post of about 350 words or less of well-written text referencing the question below. More is fine but for a full grade focus on quality of thoughts and of writing. Try to demonstrate that you did the related reading assignments and make thoughtful connections from other parts of this class, or from your own experiences and observations. By Noon 5/10, reply to the thread I set up. By Midnight 5/11, reply to at least 1 of your classmates' posts. Don't forget to reply by clicking on Quote (so that I know what you are replying to when grading). Create your first post to see other student posts. Feel free to upload attachments or links to supplement your posts. Remember this is a graded assignment; each DB is worth 5% of your grade (3% for initial post, 2% for response to peer), so take your time and prepare thoughtful postings, following the Discussion Forum Guide and Grading Rubric in the Syllabus in the Information folder on Blackboard. Background: Continuing with our discussions on efforts by government agencies to induce private industries, businesses, and utilities to get of fossil fuel, government has two options to bring about change…the “carrot” and the “stick,” in other words, government can offer financial incentives ("carrot") to help businesses make the changes, or impose onerous fines (the "stick") on business building owners who don’t comply. The latest attempts come in the form of aggressive government mandates and policy initiatives like New York State's Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) and NYC’s version of the CLCPA, the Climate Mobilization Act (CMA), both enacted in 2019. These programs are exploring far-reaching policy initiatives intended to disrupt the status quo, to force society to change the way we do things, and will no doubt result in societal upheaval, and at substantial cost to businesses and their customers, the public. This comes at a point in time when funds to make these changes may not be available with an economy reeling from a global pandemic and economic downturn, and most recently increasing gasoline and oil costs. Thousands of small businesses have been forced to shut their doors. Discussion Post Assignment An extreme example of the "stick" option is NYC’s Local Law 97, or "LL97," the hallmark of NYC's CMA. LL97 mandates that large building owners in NYC must gradually decrease the amount of energy their buildings consume, through energy efficiency, “tightening the envelope” (i.e., better insulation, window replacements), and HVAC system upgrades including transitioning from fossil fuel to electric heating. Read the information in the Weekly Materials 12B:NYC Energy Policy folder I set up about the CMA and LL97 prepared by two well-respected NYC non-profit organizations, the Urban Green Council and the Building Exchange. Also skim through the information at Urban Green's website link below about LL97. https://www.urbangreencouncil.org/content/projects/all-about-local-law-97 Address the following questions in your post: Do you think that government mandates and policy initiatives like the CLCPA and CMA are fair to businesses, and the end consumer? Or might they go too far and ultimately result in more harm than good to society and the environment. Of the two, do you think the “carrot” or the “stick” is the best approach to bring about the desired results? It may help to imagine yourself as a large business owner or building management company in NYC. How willing would you be to “bend” to comply with these mandates and new policies?

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