2014-04-25 / Top Stories

Mayor Releases PlaNYC Progress Report

The de Blasio administration released a comprehensive progress report on the community development and planning, infrastructure and climate change programs outlined in PlaNYC, continuing and expanding on the work of the Bloomberg administration and including updates on the city’s sustainability and—for the first time—resiliency initiatives.

Last month, Mayor de Blasio announced the new Office of Recovery and Resiliency. Today’s report shows substantial early progress on the city’s resiliency efforts—which are now being led by ORR—detailing 257 initiatives, that including:

 Major progress on the city’s first comprehensive coastal protection plan for our 520 miles of coastline, including 1.2 million cubic yards of sand as beach replenishment on the Rockaway peninsula, Coney Island, and Staten Island, with another 2.9 million cubic yards on track to be placed this year.

 Securing reforms to the national flood insurance program to keep insurance available and affordable for New Yorkers.

 Upgrading city building code and operations to protect buildings in the floodplain against floods, wind, and prolonged power outages through 17 local laws that have passed the City Council.

 Settling a multi-year rate case for electricity, steam, and natural gas to hold Con Ed delivery costs flat for the coming years, while requiring the utility to make resilient investments in its facilities to protect against future extreme weather.

 Expanding efforts to ensure that post-Sandy rebuilding and hazard mitigation efforts lead to economic opportunities for all New Yorkers.

The report also includes 132 updates on the city’s sustainability efforts, including:

 Accelerating energy efficiency improvements by expanding the NYC Carbon Challenge to include multifamily buildings.

 The cleanest New York City air in 50 years thanks to air quality programs like NYC Clean Heat, which supports building owners converting to cleaner sources of energy.

 A reduction in citywide greenhouse gas emissions by 19 percent since 2005, two-thirds of the way to the goal of a 30 percent reduction by 2030.

 Moving forward a solar energy system that will increase the city’s renewable energy capacity by 50 percent, on the former Fresh Kills landfill site on Staten Island.

 500 brownfield sites cleaned up, 70 percent of which are in underserved communities, which will also enable new affordable housing and create thousands of new jobs in the process. The city launched the Affordable Housing Cleanup Fund to specifically promote affordable and supportive housing projects as part of the brownfield cleanup program.

 Launched the Food Waste Challenge to divert organic waste from landfills, reducing waste by 2,500 tons in the last six months.

“A more sustainable, more resilient New York is a stronger and safer New York,” de Blasio said. “From the cleanest New York City air in 50 years and a real reduction in greenhouse gases, to major progress on coastal protection, building code upgrades, and other key resiliency measures, we are setting a global example for an urban future. That’s why we continue this critical work to ensure a city that is equitable, sustainable and resilient for all.”

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