Wednesday, July 22nd, hundreds of volunteers took to the streets and social media in an effort to get businesses to take the #BeCoolSaveFuel pledge. In other words: to keep their doors shut, which keeps energy gobbling A/C inside where it should stay. The Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) led this initiative in persuasion that spanned the 5 boroughs to educate businesses about the environmental and financial impacts of keeping their doors open while running the air conditioning.
There is a city law in effect the DCA enforces that states: “Door” shall mean any door used to close off any exterior entrance to a commercial building or structure and that when open allows for the co mingling of indoor and outdoor air, but shall not include doors that (i) adjoin indoor seating areas where food or beverages are served and link such areas to outdoor space or outdoor seating areas, or (ii) allow for direct table service of food or beverages to outdoor seating areas during times when servers are actively engaged in serving such areas. This campaign also includes efforts to strengthen this existing law.
You can still help this effort by using #BeCoolSaveFuel on social media, and you can file a complaint about a store with its doors open while air conditioning is running