Hired by the city in June 2006 to form its Office of Long-TermPlanning and Sustainability, Aggarwala led the development of whatbecame PlaNYC: A Greener, Greater New York. The 127-pointsustainability plan was released on Earth Day 2007.

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"I've often said that Rit was the brains behind PlaNYC," saysMayor Michael Bloomberg in a statement. "He is a farsighted andcreative thinker whose inspiration and work ethic allowed us todevelop and then put in place a 20-year vision for improving thecity that our children and grandchildren will inherit."

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In a <a href="Admin/news/1500_1500/newyork/181165-1.html"keynote address before the Urban Green Council this pastSeptember, Aggarwala encouraged his audience to require "some hardchanges" in the way green buildings fit into the overall picture.For example, he said the green community should consider whether aproperty is truly green if there are no leasing requirements inplace to ensure it's operated in an eco-friendly manner.

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Three months later, the City Council voted to implement the<a href="Admin/news/1555_1555/newyork/182594-1.html" Greener,Greater Buildings Plan, a package of legislation intended toeffect a 5% reduction in the city's carbon footprint by focusing onexisting properties. Aggarwala said in a statement that enactmentof the GGBP was "probably the most important single step amongPlaNYC's 127 initiatives to reduce our greenhouse gasemissions."<P.According to a release from the Bloombergadministration, Aggarwala is leaving city government to join hissoon-to-be wife, Dr. Elizabeth Robilotti, when she moves toCalifornia this June to complete her medical training as a fellowin infectious diseases at Stanford University. He says in astatement that it's because of Bloomberg'scommitment and pragmatism that the city is seen as "a model forsustainability efforts nationwide."

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According to a release from the Bloomberg administration,Aggarwala is leaving city government to join his soon-to-be wife,Dr. Elizabeth Robilotti, when she moves to California this June tocomplete her medical training as a fellow in infectious diseases atStanford University. He says in a statement that it's because ofBloomberg's commitment and pragmatism that the city is seen as "amodel for sustainability efforts nationwide."

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Paul Bubny

Paul Bubny is managing editor of Real Estate Forum and GlobeSt.com. He has been reporting on business since 1988 and on commercial real estate since 2007. He is based at ALM Real Estate Media Group's offices in New York City.