Sustainability Policy and Planning in New York City
Since the 2007 publication of PlaNYC, a comprehensive sustainability agenda for the City, New York City has been at the forefront of policy planning and implementation to achieve sustainability goals in preparation for a million new inhabitants over the course of the next two decades. The Plan sets an aggressive target of 30 percent greenhouse gas emissions reduction by the year 2030 and also maps out a future to meet the energy demands of a growing economy and population. The Plan also addresses how the City will solve the numerous challenges to our city's growth across multiple sectors and elements of infrastructure. How will we enable up to one million new residents to live, work, and play in a city already congested and brimming with activity? In a city with over 520 miles of coastline, how will we adapt to, and mitigate, the growing risks of climate change?
In the seven years since the Plan was launched, the City has already achieved a 19 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. The City has changed dramatically since 2007, achieving the cleanest air quality levels in 50 years, more New Yorkers recycling rigid plastics and biking throughout New York City, planting over 750,000 new trees and counting, and passing the halfway mark of reducing citywide greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2030. The City will continue to achieve major milestones in the effort to mitigate the contributions to climate change, with emphases on resilience, affordability, and equity in the years to come.
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