May 30, 2024

NYC Mayor Eric Adams Unveils PlaNYC: A Bold Plan for a Sustainable and Climate-Resilient City

New York City Mayor Eric Adams today released PlaNYC: Getting Sustainability Done, New York City’s long-term strategic climate plan that highlights efforts the city is taking to protect New Yorkers from climate threats, improve quality of life, and build the green economy on Thursday, April 20, 2023. Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office

New York City Mayor Eric Adams has announced a groundbreaking plan to create a more sustainable, climate-resilient city under the initiative “PlaNYC: Getting Sustainability Done.” The plan aims to improve the quality of life for New Yorkers, protect them from extreme weather events, and support the city’s emerging green economy.

PlaNYC includes a public solar program designed to make rooftop solar panels, heat pumps, and energy efficiency retrofits more affordable for everyday residents. It also advocates for Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) reform, which will help people afford air conditioners and utility costs as temperatures continue to rise.

Mayor Adams is also committed to expanding the city’s electric vehicle charging network, ensuring that all New Yorkers who choose to drive can do so with clean energy. The plan outlines the electrification of city schools and the entire school bus fleet while working to reduce emissions from buildings, transportation, and food production.

New York City will focus on installing solar energy, green roofs, and other renewable energy sources on as much city-owned property as possible. This includes Department of Education schools and New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) buildings. In addition, the city will phase out capital spending on new fossil fuel equipment and infrastructure and update zoning practices to promote electrification and building retrofits.

PlaNYC not only addresses environmental concerns but also opens up job opportunities for New Yorkers in the building trades. The initiative aims to reduce pollution and improve air quality by removing polluting trucks from the streets and creating low-emission zones in congested neighborhoods. Moreover, the city is working on expanding its tree canopy by 30% and improving green spaces, parks, and recreation areas.

To combat flooding and sewage issues, the plan includes building new overflow tanks along the Gowanus Canal and improving drainage in flood-prone neighborhoods. PlaNYC also emphasizes education and training, preparing New Yorkers for the growing green job market and a sustainable future.

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