James Cavanaugh is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Hugh L. Carey Battery Park City Authority, a public benefit corporation created by the New York State Legislature to develop and maintain a 92-acre parcel of land located on the southern tip of Manhattan across from the World Trade Center site. Under Mr. Cavanaugh’s leadership the Battery Park City Authority continues to undertake development of its remaining residential and commercial sites, with completion of the master plan expected by 2010. The Authority is the leader in sustainable building design, having recently enhanced its standards for energy use reduction, recycling, green power generation, and other elements of green. Prior to being named President & CEO in 2005, Mr. Cavanaugh served as the Authority’s Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining Battery Park City Authority, Mr. Cavanaugh served for 10 years as the town supervisor of Eastchester, N.Y. The Battery Park City Authority recently reached an agreement with the School Construction Authority to build New York City’s first green school, which will use 25% less energy than a comparable school, as well as generate solar power on-site. Also under construction is New York’s first residential high rise that will carry a LEED Platinum designation from the United States Green Building Council.
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