9. One Vanderbilt Maintains Low Carbon Footprints

Photo of the interior of One VanderbiltPhoto by Max Touhey

SL Green’s $17 million sustainability investment allowed the construction of features such as the steel rebar made of 90% recycled content, a 1.2-MW cogeneration system and a 90,000-gallon rainwater collection system. Compared to other buildings of similar size in the city, One Vanderbilt has one of the smallest carbon footprints.

Both water side and air side economizers enable less consumption of energy by utilizing natural temperature, and the rainwater management system reduces flow into the sewer system and collects water for the purpose of irrigation and cooling towers, according to ENR New York.