New York City releases PlaNYC
April 25, 2007
On Earth Day 2007, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and the city of New York (New York, U.S.A.) released its long-term environmental vision for the city, with a target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by the year 2030.
The plan includes over 100 proposals, which include:
- rebates and other enticements offered to make new and existing buildings more energy-efficient;
- new zoning and tax breaks to increase housing densities;
- charging drivers to enter the busiest sections of Manhattan; and
- construction of a new rail tunnel under the Hudson River to Manhattan.
One of the most significant proposals in the plan, called PlaNYC, calls for creating an authority that would raise money and identify strategic infrastructure investments. The new authority would be comprised of city and state appointees, and would give the city greater control over large-scale projects.
In a statement on the plan, Mayor Bloomberg said that, “… to secure a stronger, cleaner, and healthier city for our children and grandchildren, we have to start acting now.”
Ms Michelle Wyman, Executive Director of ICLEI’s U.S.A. Office, made the following statement upon the release of PlaNYC: “PlaNYC is ambitious and illustrates that the task of addressing climate change will not always be easy or politically expedient. Yet New York City has refused to ignore the problem, delay crucial action or accept the status quo. This proactive and visionary approach should be an example for other local governments as well as state and federal leaders.”
More and more cities are facing the need to mitigate climate change while already adapting to the changes brought about by climate change. ICLEI’s Cities for Climate Protection® (CCP) Campaign is an innovative international campaign that helps local government and their communities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and their impact on the environment. And now, the CCP Campaign is launching the Adaptation Initiative, building capacity for climate change impacts at the local level. For more information, please visit www.iclei.org/ccp.
New York City is one of 93 local governments in the U.S.A. that are currently Members of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability. For more information on ICLEI and its activities in the U.S.A., please visit www.iclei.org/usa.
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Source: "Bloomberg Draws a Blueprint for a Greener City", New York Times, 23 April 2007 and "New York City's PlaNYC Exemplifies the Power of Cities in the Fight Against Global Warming", ICLEI U.S.A. media release, 20 April 2007.