100 Resilient Cities

New York City

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OneNYC charts a course for a resilient city for all its residents, and addresses the profound social, economic, and environmental issues that we face.

It lays down clear markers on what we will fight for, and sets out a comprehensive blueprint to build a dynamic, thriving economy, a city that is a responsible steward of the environment, and that is resilient against shocks both natural and man-made - a New York City for the future.

OneNYC is the first step in bringing together government at every level, neighborhood organizations, and the private sector to tackle the crises that threaten New York City—climate change, growing inequality gaps, and more—while establishing the platform for yet another century of economic growth and vitality for this world capital.

1 Our Growing, Thriving City NYC will continue to be the world's most dynamic urban economy, where families, businesses, and neighborhoods thrive.

2 Our Just and Equitable City New York City will have an inclusive, equitable economy that offers well-paying jobs and opportunity, dignity and security for all.

3 Our Sustainable City New York City will be the most sustainable big city in the world and a global leader in the fight against climate change.

4 Our Resilient City Our neighborhoods, economy, and public services are ready to emerge stronger from the impacts of climate change and other threats.

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NYC will continue to be the world's most dynamic urban economy, where families, businesses, and neighborhoods thrive.

To meet the needs of a growing population at a time of rising costs, the City will implement the nation’s most ambitious program for the creation and preservation of affordable housing. The City will support a first-class, 21st century commercial sector.

It will foster job growth and build an inclusive workforce by focusing investment in training in high-growth industries, as well as programs that provide skills to the hardest-to-employ. We will support the burgeoning innovation economy, create new high-speed wireless networks, and invest in transportation infrastructure. As a regional hub, we will work closely with our neighbors on issues including transportation, housing, and jobs.

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New York City will have an inclusive, equitable economy that offers well-paying jobs and opportunity, dignity and security for all.

The City will lift 800,000 New Yorkers out of poverty or near poverty by 2025. We will do this by fighting to raise the minimum wage, and launching high-impact initiatives to support education and job growth. We will seek to reduce premature mortality by 25 percent by 2040 by ensuring that all New Yorkers have access to physical and mental healthcare services and addressing hazards in our homes.

We will expand Family Justice Centers to help victims of domestic violence. We will promote the citywide integration of government services, information, and community data.

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The bulk of New York City’s power comes from large conventional power plants running on natural gas, nuclear power, or fuel oil. However to achieve 80 x 50 the City will need to increase its reliance on utility scale renewable power sources.

Power produced in large, centralized plants is transmitted through high voltage transmission lines. To ensure smooth integration of a growing share of renewable energy, the transmission system must be maintained and enhanced. Substations convert electricity to lower voltage before distribution to consumers.  Distributed generation, such as from combined heat and power (CHP) or solar installations, also plays an important role in reducing GHG emissions. These are located closer to customers thereby reducing transmission and distribution losses.

Finally, by increasing the use of smart grid technologies, such as automated demand response and smart meters, consumers can reduce both peak and total demand.

 

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New York City will be the most sustainable big city in the world and a global leader in the fight against climate change.

We will strive to minimize our environmental footprint, reduce dangerous greenhouse gas emissions, and have the cleanest air and water. The City is building on its goal to reduce greenhouse gases by 80 percent by 2050 (“80 x 50”)—the largest city in the world to make that commitment—by expanding from an initial focus on buildings to including energy supply, transportation, and solid waste as part of a comprehensive action plan to reach our goal. We are committing to a goal of Zero Waste to landfills by 2030. We will keep organics out of the landfill, which will also cut greenhouse gas emissions. The City will make major investments to remediate contaminated land, and ensure that underserved New Yorkers have more access to parks.

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Our neighborhoods, economy, and public services are ready to emerge stronger from the impacts of climate change and other threats.

As a resilient city, New York will be able to prepare for and respond to adverse events like Hurricane Sandy, deliver basic functions and services to all residents, and emerge stronger as a community—with the goal of eliminating long-term displacement from homes and jobs after shock events by 2050. The City will upgrade private and public buildings to be more energy efficient and resilient to the impacts of climate change; adapt infrastructure like transportation, telecommunications, water, and energy to withstand severe weather events; and strengthen our coastal defenses against flooding and sea level rise.

We will strengthen homes, businesses, community-based organizations, and public services to reduce the impacts of disruptive events and promote faster recovery.

Our Resilience Team

  • Dan Zarrilli

    Chief Resilience Officer

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