Contact Information:
Press Office: (800) 260-7313
pressoffice@esd.ny.gov

New York City Receives $1 Million Through Cleaner, Greener Communities Program to Expand PlaNYC 2030

(June 25, 2012)

New York City Receives $1 Million Through Cleaner, Greener Communities Program to Expand PlaNYC 2030

New York City has received $1 million from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) as part of the Cleaner, Greener Communities program, a major environmental initiative announced by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo last year. The funding will assist in expanding the City’s PlaNYC 2030.

The New York City Mayor’s Office of Long Term Planning & Sustainability, in partnership with other city agencies, will expand the scope of PlaNYC 2030 to develop a roadmap to reduce city-wide greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050, quantify the economic benefits of meeting the City’s current goal of a 30 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030; and provide further research into the City’s current greenhouse gas inventory to better understand and report on neighborhood-level emissions and energy use.

“The funding from Governor Cuomo’s Cleaner, Greener Communities program will be key to expanding and implementing the PlaNYC 2030 sustainability planning commissioned by Mayor Bloomberg,” said Matthew Goldstein, Chancellor of CUNY and Regional Council Co-chair. “We have a responsibility to lead by example when it comes to establishing green policies that will lower our carbon footprint and improve the quality of life for New Yorkers. I commend the Governor and the Mayor for understanding the need to take action today to ensure a long and prosperous future for our communities and our environment.”

“This funding is an excellent opportunity for New York City to develop a plan that improves environmental quality by reducing air, water and land pollution and improves quality of life through smart growth and sustainable development,” said Francis J. Murray Jr., President and CEO of NYSERDA. “Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, all New Yorkers will benefit as the regional plans will examine each region’s available resources and provide a specific vision to reduce carbon emissions and increase energy efficiency and renewable energy.”

“In the five years since we launched PlaNYC, our comprehensive sustainability program, New York City has become a model for green policy – from expanding sustainable transportation options to transforming our building codes to cutting our greenhouse gas emissions 12 percent below 2005 levels,” said Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. “Governor Cuomo’s Cleaner, Greener Communities program and the state’s support will enable us to look beyond the 2030 time horizon in PlaNYC and will support our work to create a greener, greater New York.”

This is the first phase of the Cleaner, Greener Communities program. Only one award was made in each Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) region of the state. Additional funding will be available from the Cleaner, Greener Communities program on a competitive basis to implement projects that support the goals of the plans. Projects must create opportunities for achieving carbon reductions, energy efficiency savings and/or renewable energy deployment while enhancing job creation, economic investment and development consistent with the region’s sustainability and REDC strategic plan.

For further information on the New York City sustainability growth planning process, please contact Lauren Passalacqua at lpassalacqua@cityhall.nyc.gov.

###

###