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Dec 10, 2013

Landfill to Become NYC's Largest Solar Power Facility

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Fresh Kills, Staten Island the site of the world’s largest landfill is on the way to becoming the biggest new park in New York in more than 100 years. New parks, playgrounds and soccer fields have opened at the edges of the site.

“Fresh Kills Park will bring a wealth of new outdoor resources to New Yorkers. It’ll also help New York City reach new frontiers in renewable energy production.

Last week, the city announced an agreement with Sun Edison to build the City’s largest solar power facility in Fresh Kills Park.

The solar project will be able to produce up to 10 megawatts of solar energy. That’s enough to power 2,000 homes – and it will increase the City’s total solar power production by 50 percent.

The amount of solar power produced by New York City has increased twenty-fold in the past several years. PlaNYC goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent by 2030is half way there. Our waterways are  cleaner than they’ve been in a century, and our air cleaner than it’s been in decades. 800,000 new trees have been planted around the five boroughs.


 
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Jun 12, 2013

A Stronger, More Resilient New York | plaNYC

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On June 11, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced “A Stronger, More Resilient New York”, a comprehensive plan that contains actionable recommendations both for rebuilding the communities impacted by Sandy and increasing the resilience of infrastructure and buildings citywide.

New York City’s 520-mile coastline is longer than those of Miami, Boston, Los Angeles and San Francisco combined. According to the latest projections from the Panel on Climate Change, sea level rise of up to 11 inches in the 2020s and 31 inches in 2050, coupled with more frequent and intense storms, put the city’s coastline in jeopardy.

However, with 535 million built square feet and nearly 400,000 residents living in the existing 100-year floodplain, the coastline is critical to New York’s future.



Highlights:
  • Install Adaptable Floodwalls and Other Measures: 
  •  Staten Island Levee and Floodwall System: 
  •  Install Storm Surge Barrier at Newtown Creek: 
  • Study Future Surge Barriers for Jamaica Bay and Other Regions: 
  •  Install Tidal Barrier Along Coney Island Creek:
  •  Install Dune Systems in Staten Island and Rockaway Peninsula: 
  •  Install Bulkheads: 
  •  Study Construction of ‘Seaport City’: 
  •  Restore and Maintain Beaches: 
  •  Complete Floodgate and Tide Gate Repairs: 
  •  Minimize Wave Zones:
  •  Expand Natural Areas for Wave Protection In Queens and Staten Island:
  •  Protect Con Edison’s Farragut Substation:
  •  Explore a Series of “Full Build” Defenses, including Beginning the Analysis and Design Process for Seaport City:
Read the report in PDF:
http://www.nyc.gov/html/planyc2030/downloads/pdf/npcc_climate_risk_information_2013_report.pdf




 
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Apr 22, 2013

Happy Earth Day! Go Green

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Our Planet Earth 
photos courtesy of Astronaut Sunita Williams

Go Green for Earth Day!


 "NYC CARBON CHALLENGE" 


PLANYC is a NYC sustainability program, PlaNYC,  encourages businesses, universities and other private organizations to cut greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality and reduce the impact of climate change.

Ten companies will participate in the Carbon Challenge and commit to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from their offices by up to 40 percent in the next 10 years. 

They include: American International Group, BlackRock, Bloomberg LP, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, Google, JetBlue Airways, JPMorgan Chase, and PVH. 

The companies join 17 universities with more than 35 campuses that accepted the Carbon Challenge when it began in 2007, and the 11 largest hospital organizations that joined in 2009. 

The Carbon Challenge builds on the City’s own goal to cut emissions in municipal buildings by 30 percent by 2017 and will help meet the PlaNYC target to reduce emissions citywide by 30 percent in 2030.

The City of New York is more than halfway to meeting its goal, having achieved 16 percent of its emissions in the last six years.

 What are you doing to make our planet greener?






 
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Dec 12, 2011

NYC Zone Green Proposal

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NYC Begins Public Review on Far Reaching Zone Green Proposal

The City Planning Commission unveiled details of its Zone Green initiative for public review today. The wide-ranging plan aims to reduce greenhouse emissions in NYC by increasing the energy efficiency of its buildings through the use of solar energy, improved materials, and the removal of regulatory restrictions on retro-fits to existing buildings.


Regulatory changes would go further than any major US city to remove obstacles to Green Buildings and energy efficiency. Zone Green builds on PlaNYC to create potential annual energy savings of up to $800 million, improve the environment and create jobs.

Key Zone Green zoning proposals
  • To create energy efficient building walls, allow existing buildings to add external insulation within their property line by exempting insulation from floor area and yard requirements. Reward new buildings that exceed current energy efficiency standards by partially exempting more efficient walls from floor area calculations.
  • Revise regulations to allow solar panels on roofs to penetrate maximum building height limits.
  • Permit sun control devices such as vertical or horizontal shades or screens to project from building facades over required open areas. These devices can help reduce the need for air conditioning and lighting, but are often prohibited.
  • Amend regulations to foster green roofs and skylights as well as the use of rooftops for managing stormwater or accommodating cogeneration facilities. Allow more flexibility for bulkheads to accommodate multiple rooftop uses.
  • Subject to certification from the Chair of the City Planning Commission, waive floor area and height limits for rooftop greenhouses on buildings without residences or sleeping accommodations.
  • Wind energy generation makes the most sense on taller buildings and near the waterfront where winds are more consistent. Proposed zoning changes would allow small wind turbines above building height limits on buildings taller than 100 feet and on buildings lower than 100 feet near the waterfront, except in low-density residence districts.
Related Zone Green proposals

Related City legislation would tighten the energy performance standards for a building’s envelope (walls, windows, roof). This would ensure the long-term energy efficiency of these buildings.
Zone Green also proposes a targeted amendment to the New York State Multiple Dwelling Law to allow the external insulation of buildings built before 1961.

The proposed text amendment will undergo a complete public review process, including referral for 60 days to all community boards, borough boards and borough presidents for review and comment, followed by review by the City Planning Commission and City Council.

 
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Apr 22, 2011

Happy Earth Day! Greener Greater New York City!

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg introduced new initiatives to the city's long-term sustainability plan, PlaNYC, yesterday in anticipation of Earth Day today. 

A Greener, Greater New York that assessed the progress of PlaNYC since its launch four years ago and charted a new direction for the City's future. The update was presented at the Harlem Stage, a performing arts venue inside Harlem's Gatehouse, part of the Croton reservoir system built in 1890 and still in-service as part of New York's water supply network today

You may be surprised to learn that New York City is one of the most energy-efficient places in the United States, consuming a quarter of the national average in energy consumption and emitting a quarter of the national average of carbon dioxide, according to Columbia University’s Earth Institute. Large cities such as New York may be the future of sustainability in general.


Downtown Manhattan is quickly becoming the world's greenest and most dynamic urban community. 7 World Trade Center lease, is the first to incorporate groundbreaking language crafted by real estate industry leaders working with the Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability to promote enhanced energy efficiency and sustainability. 

Under traditional leases, building owners are responsible for the upfront cost of energy efficiency improvements. Tenants, however, are the immediate beneficiaries of those upgrades, in the form of reduced energy costs.  Because owners do not share in the benefit, they have little incentive to invest in energy upgrades. The new commercial lease language allows tenants and owners, to share the costs, as well as the benefits, of energy efficiency improvements. "When it is fully realized, this ‘Greener, Greater Buildings Plan, the first of its kind in our nation – will be the equivalent of making a city the size of Oakland, California completely carbon neutral.” according to mayor Bloomberg.

PlaNYC and the Mayor’s Office today launched a new social media tool called “Change by Us.” The tool encourages and enables New Yorkers to improve their communities by connecting them with the tools, resources, and people needed to turn ideas into reality.
Starting today, and again frequently throughout the year, the City will pose a question that residents can respond to by text message or through the Change by Us web and mobile sites. The first question asks how we can we make our City greener through projects such as :
  • Storm water management
  • Brownfield cleanup
  • Parks stewardship
  • Creation of new open spaces
  • Energy efficiency
  • Local air quality
  • Community composting
The site launched today in preview mode for select community-based organizations. After the preview period the City will open the site to the general public. Change by Us will become a powerful tool for New Yorkers to tell the City how they can make the their communities better.


PlaNYC has ten chapters and each one has an overarching goal:

Energy: Reduce consumption and make our energy systems cleaner and more reliable

Air Quality: Achieve the cleanest air quality of any big U.S. city

Solid Waste: Divert 75% of our solid waste from landfills

Climate Change: Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 30%

Climate Change: Increase the resilience of our communities, natural systems, and infrastructure to climate risks

Transportation: Expand sustainable transportation choices and ensure the reliability and quality of our transportation network

Housing & Neighborhoods: Create homes for almost a million more New Yorkers while making housing and neighborhoods more affordable and sustainable

Parks & Public Spaces:  Ensure all New Yorkers live within a ten-minute walk of a park
Brownfield Remediation: Clean up all contaminated land in New York City

Waterways: Improve the quality of New York City’s waterways to increase opportunities for recreation and restore coastal ecosystems

Water Supply: Ensure the high quality and reliability of our water supply system



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