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Climate Strong Communities

The Adams administration has launched the next generation of climate change projects.

Climate-Strong Communities (CSC) will launch the next generation of equitable, multi-hazard, pro-active resiliency and sustainability projects by maximizing unprecedented infrastructure and climate funding opportunities that are focused on the most at-risk and environmental justice neighborhoods in New York City.

  • Invest in communities that have not been addressed by limited Hurricane Sandy recovery funding

  • Leverage existing resiliency and sustainability planning and capital commitments

  • Maximize recent federal and state infrastructure and climate funding opportunities

  • Develop a community-centered equitable planning process by proactively engaging with stakeholders

Climate Strong Communities, a new citywide climate strategy, will boost resiliency throughout the five boroughs especially in high need areas that face deeper impacts as a result of climate change. Equity and environmental justice are essential to our climate strategy. For far too long communities have been left behind based on their zip codes and economics."

Mayor Eric Adams

In its first year, the Climate Strong Communities program will be in Soundview (the Bronx), Brownsville (Brooklyn), Corona (Queens), and Port Richmond (Staten Island) neighborhoods. It will also build on prior work in Canarsie (Brooklyn) and East Harlem (Manhattan).

CSC will implement infrastructure projects that address critical climate risk needs including street cooling features, solar energy, raised shorelines, and resilience hubs.

Cool Neighborhoods

CSC will work to expand the tree canopy, particularly in neighborhoods with high Heat Vulnerability Index and low tree canopy coverage, and install other sustainability measures to reduce ambient temperatures.

Absorb Rainwater

CSC will work to build green infrastructure such as rain gardens to absorb rainwater, street flooding from precipitation and provide greening to neighborhoods.

Maximize resilient and sustainable climate infrastructure on city property

The city will lead by example by making our buildings more sustainable to meet our carbon neutrality goals and more resilient to address climate risks.

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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.

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