New York City is a global leader in the fight against the climate crisis, shifting our city away from polluting fossil fuels and towards a green and just economy. The Mayor's Office of Climate and Environmental Justice (MOCEJ) is a team of architects, lawyers, data and climate scientists, engineers, policy advisors, geologists, and city planners leading the City's strategy to create a city where our 8.8 million New Yorkers can live, work, learn, and play in healthy, resilient, and sustainable neighborhoods — now and into the future.
MOCEJ works to make our buildings efficient and resilient, ensure our infrastructure is climate-ready, transform our streets and public realm into living, open spaces, and make our energy clean and resilient. Through science-based analysis, policy and program development, and capacity building, and with a focus on equity and public health, MOCEJ leads the City’s efforts to ensure that New York City is both reducing its emissions and preparing to adapt and protect New Yorkers from the intensifying impacts of climate change.
Our Work includes:
Prioritizing City resources and action in low-income and communities of color most vulnerable to climate change so they reap the benefits of a climate adapted future, including augmenting social service programs and community partnerships to create robust support networks.
Addressing racial and social inequities in health outcomes resulting from our environment, including ensuring clean air and water, mitigating extreme heat impacts, increasing access to and quality of open spaces, and expanding sustainable transportation options for all New Yorkers.
Reimagining how we invest in and use land to create housing safe from flooding, find space for renewable energy and composting, produce food while educating New Yorkers about agriculture and healthy eating, and return contaminated property to productive use.
Retrofitting buildings that serve New Yorkers—our homes, community spaces, and service centers—to be energy efficient, healthy, and safe from flooding and high heat, and lead by example in applying state-of-the-art green building and adapted design requirements to new construction.
Adapting and augmenting our transportation systems, rights of way, and open space to reduce emissions, protect New Yorkers from urban heat, and improve quality of life in our neighborhoods.
Prioritizing an equitable shift to renewable energy, including rooftop solar energy generation, utility-scale renewables, and building- and grid-scale energy resiliency and storage.
Transforming how the City manages food waste, wastewater, and construction and demolition debris to improve conditions in our neighborhoods, create circular economies and reduce emissions and material sent to landfills and incinerators.
Communicating with, educating, and learning from New Yorkers to ensure all City projects and programs advance our climate and environmental justice goals.
Letter from the Executive Director
We lead the City’s strategy to confront our climate crisis, so we can protect our city, our communities, and our future.
We look for self-motivated, analytical, and collaborative staff and interns to join our team and contribute to high-impact public policy.
When we bring our voices, our action, and our advocacy to our schools, our homes, and our workplaces, we can create a more sustainable and resilient future for the 8.6 million people who call our five boroughs home.Take Action Now