OneNYC 2050

OneNYC 2050 is the long-term strategic plan for the City of New York, New York - which is based on values of equity, growth, sustainability, resiliency, and diversity and inclusion. Building on prior long-term plans, OneNYC 2050 seeks to raise the bar set by its predecessors, PlaNYC (2007, 2011) and OneNYC (2015), by seeking to strengthen the democratic foundations of the city as it addresses climate change, equity issues, resilient infrastructure, and an inclusive economy - and become carbon neutral by year 2050. The plan is comprised of 8 primary goals and 30 strategic initiatives to reach those goals and to prepare New York City for the challenges of the next 30 years. One of the 8 goals is to have A Livable Climate which focuses on attaining a just transition that ends NYC’s reliance on fossil fuels, fully prepares for the impacts of climate change, and achieves climate justice.

Within the Livable Climate strategy, there are four primary initiatives: 

  • Achieve Carbon Neutrality and 100% clean electricity
  • Strengthen communities, buildings, infrastructure, and the waterfront to be more resilient
  • Create economic opportunities for all New Yorkers through climate action
  • Fight for climate accountability and justice 

NYC is “committed to a just transition to carbon neutrality, climate resiliency, and a clean economy - one that improves environmental quality for all, prioritizes front line communities, seeks to redress current and past injustice, and creates economic opportunities for all, while holding those responsible for climate change to account.”  OneNYC 2050 addresses social equity across all domains and goals - with commitments to equitable and meaningful employment opportunities, safe and sustainable transportation systems, guaranteed access to healthcare and more. 

One of the 8 strategic goals of OneNYC 2050 is for a Livable Climate, which seeks to create economic opportunities for all New Yorkers through growth in the green economy with training programs and career pathways; as well as partner with other global cities in the Inclusive Climate Action Forum to foster climate justice. 


Below are some examples of the physical, community, policy, and planning adaptation measures included within this initiative to create greater climate resilience in the built environment:

  • Physical: The City will implement projects that mitigate coastal flood risks to at-risk areas; harden transportation services, wastewater treatment plants, and sewers; and increase green infrastructure. The City will collaborate with local utilities to incorporate climate risks into system updates, planning, and design.
  • Community: The City will seek to expand flood-risk awareness and will partner with FEMA and community organizations to increase flood insurance enrollments. The City will support community-led emergency and climate health preparedness and planning by promoting volunteer opportunities and building capacity for nonprofits and agencies that serve at-risk New Yorkers.
  • Policy: The City will propose updates to zoning and building codes that are informed by climate and sea level rise projections. The City will explore the establishment of a waterfront management structure for new and existing flood-control infrastructure. 
  • Planning: The City will develop the Climate Adaptation Roadmap which will include a prioritized sequence of adaptation measures for the short, medium, and long-terms.

New York City has made significant progress towards climate resilience through coastal adaptations, and projects that address extreme heat and precipitation events, and integrating these climate impacts into development design and planning.  The plan cites a number of coastal protection projects that have been completed, including the reconstructed Rockaway Boardwalk, a coastal erosion protection project in Sea Gate, and nearly 10 miles of dunes across Staten Island and the Rockaway Peninsula. Additionally, NYC is doubling the investment of City pension funds in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and climate solutions - while  divesting pension funds from fossil fuel reserve owners.

The City of New York produces an annual OneNYC Progress Report to identify achievements and implementation milestones of the strategic plan. 


Publication Date: April 2019

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