Adams Administration and partners seize a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reconnect communities along the expressway from the Harlem River to the Hutchinson River Parkway; Study will develop a community vision to minimize the harm the Cross Bronx has caused to families and communities along the expressway
When Completed, Underground Storage Tanks Will Dramatically Reduce Pollution into the Gowanus Canal; 3.6 Acres of Public Waterfront Space to Include Waterfront Esplanades; Spaces for Community Gathering, Performances, and Environmental Education; a Kayak Launch; and Ecosystem Restoration
The “learning pilot” will provide up to $1.1M in emergency funding to low- and moderate-income households in need after a major flooding event; Pilot harnesses innovative “parametric” model to provide money to CNYCN to assist communities in times of natural disasters
Facing $150 billion annually in direct costs from climate-related disasters, the current system of disaster recovery in the U.S. is failing many families and communities. Most households struggle with timely access to sufficient financial support for the wide-ranging expenses disasters impose. And without adequate financial resources for recovery, natural disasters can become tipping points that set back hard-earned financial gains — especially for low-income households.
The innovative approach to stormwater management follows the expansion of the City’s Cloudburst Program to protect residents and property from extreme rainfall events in flood-prone areas throughout New York City
First 80 of hundreds of new curbside parking spaces reserved for carshare vehicles will be installed starting today in Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx, with a focus on equitable distribution. DOT’s carshare pilot had encouraging results: greenhouse gas emissions and vehicle miles traveled declined 7% and 6%, respectively; for every one car shared vehicle, four personal vehicles were either not purchased or sold.
Goldman’s Letter Supports FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Funded Projects That Will Reduce Risk to Vulnerable Communities from Climate Change and Extreme Weather Events; City has Successful Track Record of Implementing Federal Hazard Mitigation Funded Projects; Letter Supported by 11 Members of NY Congressional Delegation
City Also Announces Completion of Installation of 250 Smart Composting Bins with Additional 150 on the Way; Queens Residents — Who Proved Curbside Program to Be Successful, Scalable Model – to Receive Free NYC Compost This Spring
Limited Time Only Program Offers Relief to Nearly 200,000; Customers With Unpaid, Late Water Bills to Avoid Enforcement Actions; $1.2 Billion Owed Poses Threat to NYC’s Water Infrastructure and Could Lead to Additional Rate Hikes
Resilient solar installations with battery backup at FDNY firehouses is step forward towards clean power, and reduce pollution and the risk of respiratory and cardiovascular illnesses in communities across the city/
New York City joined the City-Business Climate Alliance (CBCA) in 2019. CBCA has supported the NYC Mayor’s Office of Climate and Environmental Justice to work with the business community to further advance the city’s climate action plan. With a target of carbon neutrality by 2050, the city cannot succeed without collaboration across the private, institutional and non-profit sectors.
$390 Million Projects Will Develop Innovative Methods to Absorb, Store, and Transfer Stormwater Caused by Sudden, Heavy Downpours; City Announces Four New Cloudburst Sites in Corona, Kissena Park, Parkchester, and East New York
Vehicles Include Electric Transit Vans and Pick-Up Trucks for Agencies Citywide, and Electric Refuse Trucks and Hybrid Plug-In Street Sweepers for DSNY; New Investments in Electric Vehicle Fleet Made Possible by $10.1 Million in Federal Grant Funding
Board Members Tasked with Advising on and Guiding Long-Term Sustainability and Resiliency Goals of NYC
Major Project Labor Agreement Executed with New York State Building and Construction Trades to Ensure Line is Constructed by Union Workers; Infrastructure Development Expected to Bring $3.5 Billion in Economic Benefits to New Yorkers and Create Nearly 1,400 Family-Sustaining Jobs; Accelerates Progress to Achieve New York's Goal of 70 Percent of Electricity Statewide from Renewable Sources by 2030 on Path to a Zero-Emission Grid
Announces $14.5 Million in new Funding for Clean Streets and Parks; Adams Administration Will End ‘No Man’s Land’ Areas of Dirty Conditions Around Five Boroughs That Have Been Neglected; Mayor Adams Doubles Down on Cleanliness Investments After July Cleanliness Funding Already Showing Results; DSNY to Add 200 New Sanitation Workers to Keep Public Spaces Clean
“Rainy Day Play” urges New Yorkers to connect with real-time flood data
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) is transforming how New York City children get to school, accelerating the transition to zero-emission vehicles, and producing cleaner air for our communities. That is the message delivered today by EPA Deputy Regional Administrator Walter Mugdan, Mayor Eric Adams, and other state and local leaders on the steps of City Hall in New York. EPA is making rebate awards nearing $18,500,000 available to three New York City school districts, allowing the purchase of 51 new clean school buses to take the streets.
New York City was celebrated as one of 20 finalists for a 2022 C40 Cities Bloomberg Philanthropies Award at a ceremony held on October 19 at the C40 World Mayors Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The award celebrates the most impactful projects or programs spearheaded by cities from around the world to tackle the climate crisis. Earlier this year, NYCHA’s Sustainability Agenda made NYC a contender in the “United to accelerate immediate action in critical sectors” category. NYC was up against Addis Ababa, Amsterdam, and Seoul – Addis Ababa and Amsterdam were selected as the winners.
A Nation’s Largest School Electrification Effort, “Leading the Charge” Will Be City’s Most Impactful Energy-Saving Initiative Under Local Law 97; Electrification Retrofit Projects Will Prioritize Environmental Justice Communities, Eliminating No. 4 Heating Oil by 2026 Throughout School System and Installing Upgraded, More Efficient LED Lighting at 800 Schools; Investment Will Help Develop Next Generation Green Workforce
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), New York District, in partnership with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), New York City, and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) recently held press conferences to discuss its progress in executing the Superstorm Sandy Coastal Risk Reduction Program—a comprehensive decade-long effort designed to increase coastal storm risk reduction measures for residents of communities across the tri-state.
BMCR Will Reduce Flood Risk – From Both Sea Level Rise and Storm Surge – For Tens of Thousands of New Yorkers, Including Those Living in Two Bridges; “Climate Strong Communities” Program Will Accelerate Design of Projects in Areas Left Unaddressed by Sandy Recovery Funding and Historically Facing Deeper Impacts as a Result of Climate Change
Three University-Led Proposals Offer Visions for Leading Institution Dedicated to Education, Training, and Development of Equitable Climate Solutions; Building on “Blueprint for NYC’s Economic Recovery”; Mayor Adams’ Vision for Governors Island Will Position New York City as Climate Leader With 10-Year Anniversary of Superstorm Sandy Approaching, Creating 7,000 Permanent Jobs and $1 Billion in Economic Impact.
At the C40 World Mayors Summit, mayors unite to drive the creation of 50 million good, green jobs by 2030. Led by C40 Chair and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, cities continue to demonstrate that they are at the forefront of action to tackle the climate emergency C40 research shows investing in urban climate action will halve emissions and create a third more jobs than continuing with business as usual. Jobs will be created across sectors like construction, transport, energy and health and care industries.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams today announced a significant expansion of the city’s Precision Employment Initiative, which connects New Yorkers at risk of gun violence with career readiness and job placement programs. The program, run in partnership BlocPower and a number of community-based organizations, will increase its capacity to serve up to 3,000 New Yorkers thanks to the administration’s $54 million investment in the Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23) Adopted Budget, helping to reduce unemployment, promote sustainability, and bolster long-term public safety in underserved areas throughout the city.
New Rules and List of Covered Buildings Provide Additional Clarity for Compliance with Local Law 97 as Adams Administration Makes Progress on Meeting Aggressive Climate Goals; NYC Accelerator Program Has Already Helped 12,900 Buildings Since 2015 with Energy Efficiency Projects and Local Law 97 Compliance
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), New York District announces the public release of a Draft Integrated Feasibility Report and Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement for the New York- New Jersey Harbor and Tributaries coastal storm risk management feasibility study (NYNJHAT Study). The report was completed in cooperation with the non-federal sponsors, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, as well as the study partners, New York Department of State and the New York City Mayor’s Office of Climate and Environmental Justice
City Has Accelerated the Expansion of Electric Vehicle Fleet, Meeting Electric Vehicle Goals Three Years Ahead of Schedule; Critical Investments in Public Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure and Discounts for TLC-Licensed Drivers Will Speed Up Electric Vehicle Adoption Among Privately-Owned Vehicles and Taxi Fleet
New York City Mayor Eric Adams today announced the appointment of Qiana Mickie as director of the newly-created Mayor’s Office of Urban Agriculture. As director, Mickie will oversee the administration’s efforts to support, strengthen, and expand the city’s network of community gardens and urban farms, in alignment with Mayor Adams’ vision for a healthier, more sustainable, and more equitable city.
Action Will Improve Local Air Quality and Reduce Noise Pollution, Waste From Construction to Support Climate and Health Goals. New York City Mayor Eric Adams signed Clean Construction Executive Order 23, which requires the city’s capital project agencies to commit to actions that will lower embodied carbon — greenhouse gas emissions arising from the manufacturing, transportation, installation, maintenance, and disposal of building materials — from municipal construction projects. The actions taken by EO 23 will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution, and noise pollution citywide. They will also ensure that any construction funded by new federal infrastructure and climate bill funding will use sustainable materials, equipment, and practices.
Six Public Colleges Selected Will Utilize City Funding to Create and Shape New Green Energy Curriculum; Programs to Provide Needed Certification for New Green Jobs and Provide Students with Research Opportunities in Emerging Fields; Majority of Funding Devoted to Programs Specifically Around the Offshore Wind Industry; Building off the City’s $191 Million Commitment
Initial Team Arrived in Puerto Rico Tuesday, Larger Multi-Agency Team Deploying This Week to Include Members of New York City Emergency Response Agencies; New York City Stands Ready to Assist Dominican Republic, Other Affected Countries, as Damage Is Assessed.
New Operator Will Oversee Implementation of Expanded M/W/DBE Training Program to Include Green Construction Components Ahead of City Investments in Building Retrofits. New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), today released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for operators to provide training, technical assistance, and access to public contract opportunities to the tenth cohort of ConstructNYC participants.
NYC Parks today is marking climate week with a suite of tree canopy announcements – including celebrating a milestone planting season; furthering its commitment to increasing planting equitably and targeting plantings in areas that need trees most with a $112 million allocation from the Adams administration; and partnering with the Natural Areas Conservancy to continue to study the cooling effects of tree canopy in urban natural areas.
DOB’s First ever Climate-Focused Bureau Will be Led by Newly Appointed Deputy Commissioner and City Government Veteran Laura Popa. Department of Buildings Commissioner Eric Ulrich today announced the creation of DOB’s first-ever solely dedicated Sustainability Bureau to oversee and spearhead all sustainability and energy efficiency initiatives at the Department. This includes the implementation of Local Law 97 of 2019, which caps carbon emissions from the City’s largest buildings.
Partners from Academic Institutions, NGOs, and Private Sector to Work with NYC’s Department of Citywide Administrative Services and the Mayor’s Office of Climate and Environmental Justice to develop data and analysis on future climate conditions and the socio-economic impacts of climate risks.
New York City’s Nation-Leading Green Infrastructure Program Now Includes Thousands of Rain Gardens, Bluebelts, Green Roofs, Other Assets Across Five Boroughs
Administration Will Prioritize Lower-Income Communities That Lack Access to Affordable Transportation and Job Opportunities for New Greenways; Plan Will Envision New Green Spaces, Enhance Quality of Life, and Improve Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety Along With Waterfront Access; Grant Builds on Mayor Adams’ Nearly $50 Million Investment in Central Queens and Southwest Brooklyn Greenway Projects.
Recognizing its leadership in addressing climate change, New York City was selected as one of 20 finalists for the 2022 C40 Cities Bloomberg Philanthropies Award. The awards celebrate the most ambitious and impactful projects or programs spearheaded by cities from around the world to tackle the climate crisis. The theme of this year’s awards is “United in Action,” and NYC is a contender in the category of “United to accelerate immediate action in critical sectors” for NYCHA’s Sustainability Agenda.
First Ever Full-Borough Composting Program Will Collect Yard Waste and Food Scraps Weekly Starting October 3 for All Queens Residents, Providing Service to 2.2 Million New Yorkers
Midea America and Gradient Selected by NYPA to Develop New Heat Pump Technology and Produce 30,000 Initial Units; Advanced Heating and Cooling Solutions Will Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Improve Resident Comfort. New York City Mayor Eric Adams and New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced today that the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), New York Power Authority (NYPA), and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) are moving forward with the Clean Heat for All Challenge through a planned $70 million initial investment in the development and production of 30,000 new heat pump units for use in New York City Public Housing facilities.
NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC) Commissioner Thomas Foley announced today that the East Side Coastal Resiliency (ESCR) Project, which is enhancing parks while creating a 2.4-mile long flexible flood barrier extending from Montgomery Street on Manhattan’s Lower East Side up to Asser Levy Playground at East 25th Street, has been selected to receive an “Envision Gold Award” for sustainability from the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI).
ESCR Project Will Help Protect Communities from Future Storm Surge and Sea-Level Rise, Improve Access Via Expanded Connections Between Communities and Waterfront, Provide Enhanced Public Space with Upgraded Facilities and Resilient Design; Project Will Create Nearly 1,000 New Jobs for New Yorkers
New York City Mayor Eric Adams, New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Rohit T. Aggarwala, and New York City Emergency Management (NYCEM) Commissioner Zach Iscol today released the Rainfall Ready NYC action plan — a plan to prepare the city government and everyday New Yorkers for more extreme rainfall in the future. As climate change brings more extreme weather to the five boroughs, the city is making significant investments in infrastructure to keep New Yorkers safe, and today’s action plan outlines the additional steps New Yorkers can take to protect themselves and their property.
Three Citywide Zoning Text Amendments Will Support Small Businesses and Accelerate City’s Economic Recovery, Tackle Housing Shortage and Create Affordable Housing, and Accelerate Transition to Renewable Energy; Beginning in Bronx and Brooklyn, City Will Plan for Next Generation of Economic Hubs in All Five Boroughs, Take Steps to Cut Red Tape While Investing in Communities and Centering Equity
Milestone Investment In Outer-Borough Greenways Will Fill Gaps In Existing Greenway Routes With Focus On Connecting Communities to New York City’s Greater Park System. New York City Mayor Eric Adams today announced that the Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23) Executive Budget includes $47.6 million for Brooklyn and Queens greenway improvements outlined in Destination: Greenways!, a plan by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (Parks) in partnership with the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT). The investment will fill gaps in existing greenway routes in central Queens and along Brooklyn’s southwest shoreline, with a focus on connecting communities to New York City’s greater park system.
City Will Save $13.7 Million Through New Measure as Part of Upcoming Executive Budget; City Car Fleet Will Shrink to Bloomberg-Era Levels, With Focus on Reduction of Vehicles Used for Employee Commuting. New York City Mayor Eric Adams today announced a reduction of the city’s vehicle fleet by at least 855 vehicles in an effort to save taxpayer dollars and reduce carbon emissions. The four percent reduction of the on-road fleet will focus on non-emergency vehicles, and will reduce the city’s fleet to its size in the Bloomberg administration. In all, the plan announced today is expected to result in 5.13 million fewer miles driven per year — representing a 2,072 metric ton reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.
Launched on Earth Day, ‘Building Action NYC’ Will Support Buildings in Making Energy Upgrades — Making Buildings More Resilient, Creating Thousands of Green Jobs, and Supporting Long-Term Development of Green Workforce. With Nearly 10,000 Buildings Already Aided Through ‘NYC Accelerator,’ Building Owners, Property Managers, and Developers Can Access Free Support to Reduce Carbon Emissions, Lower Costs, and Comply With Local Law
Joint Effort Marks Milestone in Addressing Legacy Lead Contamination at Red Hook Ball Fields in Brooklyn. New York City Mayor Eric Adams, New York City Parks and Recreation Commissioner Sue Donoghue, and United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 2 Administrator Lisa F. Garcia were today joined by elected leaders and environmental justice advocates to open four new and remediated fields in the Red Hook Recreation Area in Brooklyn. The updates to ball fields 5-8 were funded by an $18.2 million grant by the city, and are part of a phased-in environmental remediation and reconstruction effort of the fields in the area, receiving nearly $130 million in investments.
$670,000 Project Funded Through City’s Green Infrastructure Grant Program; 32,000-Square-Foot Green Roof Captures Approximately 3.5 Million Gallons of Stormwater in Typical Year; Rooftop Farm Improves Air Quality, Promotes Biodiversity, Reduces Carbon Footprint of Building.
Terminal to Become One of Largest Offshore Wind Port Facilities in Nation; Agreement Will Create Major Economic Opportunity and Investments, Support 13,000 Local Jobs Over Time and Over 1,000 at SBMT
New York City Mayor Eric Adams today announced the appointments of his climate leadership team that will focus on environmental protection and environmental justice across New York City. Mayor Adams appointed Rohit T. Aggarwala as chief climate officer and commissioner of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Vincent Sapienza as chief operations officer of DEP, and Kizzy Charles-Guzman as executive director of the new Mayor’s Office of Climate and Environmental Justice (MOCEJ) — which consolidates multiple city agencies into one. Mayor Adams highlighted these accomplished environmentalists’ proven track record of promoting cleaner air, advancing climate resiliency, and protecting New Yorkers.
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