New York League of Conservation Voters Reacts to PlaNYC: Getting Sustainability Done, New York City’s Strategic Climate Plan

NYLCV applauds Mayor Adams for providing a vital framework for addressing urgent environmental challenges. 

The New York League of Conservation Voters applauds Mayor Adams for the release of PlaNYC: Getting Sustainability Done. This comprehensive plan presents a roadmap for addressing urgent environmental and climate challenges while leveraging federal and state funding to propel New York City towards a more sustainable and resilient future.

PlaNYC identifies high-priority areas that require immediate attention, including improving air and water quality, creating a circular economy, expanding green spaces, and enhancing resilience to extreme weather events, a critical effort that will be greatly enhanced by a newly established flood and climate resilience bureau. We are very pleased that the plan also identifies reducing greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution as a priority–a new rooftop solar initiative and new low- and no emission zones will go a long way toward achieving this goal. 

We commend the mayor for emphasizing equity in this plan. With proposals such as the  public solar financing program for 1-4 unit dwellings,  and programs that focus on low-income homeowners in environmental justice communities, zero waste and composting, and green jobs, PlaNYC is accounting for–and seeking to remedy–the disproportionate impact of environmental injustices on underserved communities.

As the New York League of Conservation Voters, we urge Mayor Adams, City agencies, and all stakeholders to fully implement the measures outlined in PlaNYC, capitalize on federal and state funding opportunities, and prioritize equity and inclusivity in all sustainability efforts. We believe this plan provides a vital framework for addressing urgent environmental challenges and a path to creating a more sustainable and resilient New York City for generations to come.