Upper Manhattan Climate Action Manual

The Upper Manhattan Climate Action Manual describes building resilience to climate change in Upper Manhattan and greater New York City. The manual was designed to complement the Northern Manhattan Climate Action Plan produced in 2015, and further connects climate change resiliency, preparedness, and addressing social inequality in New York City. 

Climate Action Plans are given for Upper Manhattan’s sectors of: Energy, Emergencies, Heat, Food and Waste, Social Hubs, Green Infrastructure, Governance, Housing and Waterfronts. Each section offers Fact Sheets, details some of the benefits of climate resiliency planning for that sector, and provides case studies to further illustrate each approach to climate resiliency. 

For example, the Urban Heat plan overviews green infrastructure solutions for heat such as green roofs and street trees.  The case study on Singapore’s Urban Greening was selected because of this city’s legacy in creating a “City in a Garden” that has been designed to protect wildlife, plants, habitats, and open space for the public.  According to the report, 2/3 of Singapore’s surfaces (e.g. roads, roofs) “capture rainwater and convey it or pump it via microprocessor controlled channels or tunnels to 18 reservoirs.”

The Food and Waste section describes the concept of “food sovereignty” in which people have the right to healthy, sustainably grown and culturally appropriate foods, while suggesting new infrastructure for docks in NYC to receive local fresh produce from Upstate NY without the carbon footprint of trucking - among other actions.

Climate Change and Social Inequality describes and maps the populations and geographic areas in Upper Manhattan that are especially vulnerable to climate change.  Here the manual tracks Gentrification in a Fact Sheet; and has maps representing Race and Ethnicity, Average income, and Rent burden.


Publication Date: 2017

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