The City Planning Commission's proposal to amend New York City's zoning rules to make it easier for buildings to incorporate energy-efficient and sustainable additions such as solar panels, storm-water detention systems, skylights, wind turbines and wall insulation, began a public review process. "This is the most comprehensive citywide initiative dealing with energy efficiency and green building in the U.S.," said Amanda Burden, chairwoman of the City Planning Commission. "This is about being a greener city, providing cleaner air and water as well as saving money on utility bills."

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