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Bloomberg's town house not so 'green'

Mayor Michael Bloomberg's multimillion-dollar East Side town house isn't as energy-efficient as one would think for someone nicknamed the "Green Mayor."

No solar panels or rooftop wind turbines exist there like those Bloomberg promoted Thursday at the nation's first multistory green industrial facility, at Brooklyn Navy Yard in Fort Greene.

Though the wealthy businessman has billions at his disposal, the mayor opted for a more inexpensive and simple solution at the East 79th Street residence.

"I think mostly in my home I've converted almost all of the lights . . . to compact fluorescent bulbs," said Bloomberg, who traveled the globe praising cutting-edge green technology as solutions to improve air quality and reduce the world's carbon footprint.

The Bloomberg administration declined to comment specifically on what high-tech green solutions, if any, the mayor used at his other private residences. He has homes in New York City, upstate New York, Bermuda, Florida, Colorado and London.

"I'm sure we use a lot of energy, but we're trying to make it as little as possible," Bloomberg said.

As part of that energy-saving plan, the mayor said he walks around his home to shut off lights, open windows, and he uses air-conditioning sparingly.

While Bloomberg's abode may be short on green tech, he has championed a campaign to reduce the city's carbon emissions. For example, many of the existing city-owned buildings have been made more efficient.

"Bloomberg has done a lot to advance technology to make New York City greener," said Carol Murphy, executive director of Albany-based Alliance for Clean Energy New York. "I'm sure there are companies out there who would be willing to make his residences more green."

In Fort Greene Thursday, the $25-million energy-efficient Perry Avenue Building was the focus, not one of Bloomberg's homes. The building, which will serve the art industry, was billed as the country's first multistory green industrial facility. Churning on its roof are six wind turbines, each the size of a child swimming pool.

The turbines, which are the city's first, produce 10 percent of the building's energy supply.

The building and other eco-friendly structures planned for construction there will create hundreds of jobs, city officials said.

Last summer, Bloomberg was criticized over his proposal to place wind turbines atop bridges and skyscrapers as a response to the city and nation's power crisis. He later said placing large turbines typically built in open areas or out in the ocean was impractical.

"If you remember when I said we were going to have wind power in this city, people thought it was very cute," Bloomberg said yesterday. "Wind power in this city . . . is one of the solutions to our problem."

However, it remained unclear whether Bloomberg harnesses the power of the wind for use at one of his properties.


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