PlaNYC Progress Report: Sustainability and Resiliency 2014

New York City’s PlaNYC Progress Report 2014 provides an update of what progress has been made in the areas of sustainability and resiliency since PlaNYC was released in 2013. The initiatives discussed focus on New York City’s environment, providing more housing, improving public space, and improving the way the City’s infrastructure serves its residents, and increasing the City’s resiliency to extreme weather events and climate change. 

PlaNYC tracks 10 Sustainability Indicators to monitor current conditions and relate them to long-term goals. These indicators are designed to provide quantifiable metrics for each PlaNYC goal, so that one can tell if one part of a goal has been achieved but not another. Progress updates are provided for each of the Sustainability Indicators in the areas of: Housing and Neighborhoods, Parks and Public Space, Brownfields, Waterways, Water Supply, Transportation, Energy, Air Quality, Solid Waste, and Climate Change.

Each of the 132 initiatives in PlaNYC has multiple benchmarks to have been achieved by December 31, 2014, in order to then accomplish long-term goals. The report outlines the responsibilities and actions - collectively termed as “Milestones” - that were committed to in 2013, and the progress toward meeting each goal. The milestones are detailed in an extensive matrix format, after progress is summarized generally for by sector/ Sustainability Indicator. 

 

This report was compiled and written by the Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability and the newly-formed Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency.

New York City has made substantial progress since 2007 towards building a sustainable city. Over 800,000 trees have been planted, air quality is greatly improved, and carbon emissions have been reduced 19 percent. Since the June 2013 release of the City’s first climate resiliency plan, much early progress has been achieved in strengthening the coastline, upgrading buildings, protecting infrastructure, and making neighborhoods safer and more vibrant.

 

 

Publication Date: April 22, 2014

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