New York City is home to amazing architecture and cutting edge innovation. There are many projects and developments underway to make the city more environmentally friendly. One component is the construction and renovation of many buildings to be eco-friendly. The Conrad New York Hotel is one such building that leads in sustainability. Their developments include a green roof, LED lights, and a bike rack. Another noteworthy structure is the Bank of America Tower. Some of the features include a system that reuses rainwater, insulated glazing to reduce thermal loss, and building materials that produced less carbon dioxide. The Hearst Tower is a structure that stands out as well. Built on the original Hearst building, it's striking design also has a system to reuse rainwater. Most of the building's steel contains recycled material and a water sculpture called Icefall which regulates the lobby air.
One of the best examples of an eco-friendly building is one that is also a cultural landmark. The Empire State Building is an icon of New York City. A skyscraper looking over the city, it was developed in the late 18th century and has stood the test of time. It is part of American culture, a monument that attracts thousands of visitors and hosts events each year. It is also a building that is in the process of going green. In 2009, it was announced that the skyscraper would undergo a sustainability program to make it more environmentally friendly.