Related Proceedings and Actions
On June 27th, 2022 the Committee on Civil Service and Labor, Committee on Environmental Protection, and Committee on Housing and Buildings held a joint Oversight Hearing on Local Law 97 and the Green Workforce Pipeline. A recording and transcript of the hearing can be found here.
The New York City Comptroller maintains the NYC Climate Dashboard, which "tracks our city’s progress in meeting our climate goals by assessing how effectively the city is reducing our carbon emissions and how prepared our neighborhoods are for the impacts of climate change."
On June 3, 2020, the NYC Department of Transportation launched its Clean Trucks Program using $9.8 million in Volkswagen Settlement funds allocated by DEC for the project. The Clean Trucks Program uses incentives to replace older, higher polluting diesel trucks with battery-electric, compressed natural gas, diesel-electric hybrid, plug-in hybrid-electric, and new diesel trucks with much lower emissions. The Clean Trucks Program will provide funding ranging from $12,000 to $185,000 per truck replacement depending on the fuel type. The old diesel vehicles must be scrapped to receive the incentive.
On September 15, 2021, Mayor de Blasio launched a $37 million violence intervention employment program that is designed to create 1,500 green jobs in Brownsville, South Jamaica, East and Central Harlem, Mott Haven, and across the Bronx. The initiative connects individuals at risk of involvement in gun violence with green jobs in partnership with BlocPower, a Brooklyn-based climate technology startup. The first wave of hiring will include over 200 individuals from neighborhoods facing disproportionate levels of gun violence.
On September 23, 2021, Mayor de Blasio and New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) announced a 15-year, $191 million Offshore Wind Vision (OSW) plan. The plan, which aims to reduce 34.5 million tons of carbon dioxide, consists of three core strategies: developing infrastructure to support the construction and operation of 12 GW of offshore wind; preparing local workers and businesses to benefit from infrastructure investments; and promoting innovation in offshore wind to ensure that new technologies and approaches are created in New York City. The plan also has an equity focus, promising that 40% of job and investment benefits are directed toward women, minorities, and environmental justice communities.
- Offshore Wind NYC: Equitable Opportunity for a Sustainable Future (September 2021)
On May 14, 2021, Mayor de Blasio released New York City’s Stormwater Resiliency Plan, which includes the City’s first-ever city-wide analysis of flooding caused by extreme rainfall events. The Stormwater Resiliency Plan outlines the City’s approach to managing the risk of extreme rain events. The Plan commits to four goals that optimize emergency response to extreme rainfall events and ensure that future City investments manage this climate risk:
1. Inform the public about flood vulnerability from extreme rain;
2. Update NYC’s flash flood response procedures to prioritize response in vulnerable areas;
3. Advance policies that reduce urban flooding and research that informs future risk;
4. Leverage stormwater investments to help manage future flood risk from extreme rain and sea level rise. Future investments can alleviate flooding throughout the city.
On September 20, 2021, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the launch of ElectrifyNYC, a program run by the Mayor’s Office of Climate and Sustainability, in partnership with Kinetic Communities, and Neighborhood Housing Services of Queens and Staten Island, to help New Yorkers adopt solar panels and air source heat pump technologies in order to accelerate the City’s path toward carbon neutrality and curb the impacts of climate change. The program is part of New York City’s efforts to install 1,000 MW of solar in the five boroughs by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.