The NYC Mayor's Office of Climate and Environmental Justice works to ensure that New York City is prepared to withstand and emerge stronger from the impacts of climate change; mitigate its greenhouse gas emissions; and address needed remediation and environmental coordination efforts from an equity and public health perspective.
Our work includes:
- Prioritizing City resources and action in low-income and communities of color most vulnerable to climate change so they reap the benefits of a climate adapted future, including augmenting social service programs and community partnerships to create robust support networks;
- Addressing racial and social inequities in health outcomes resulting from our environment, including ensuring clean air and water, mitigating extreme heat impacts, increasing access to and quality of open spaces, and expanding sustainable transportation options for all New Yorkers;
- Reimagining how we invest in and use land to create housing safe from flooding, find space for renewable energy and composting, produce food while educating New Yorkers about agriculture and healthy eating, and return contaminated property to productive use;
- Retrofitting buildings that serve New Yorkers—our homes, community spaces, and service centers—to be energy efficient, healthy, and safe from flooding and high heat, and lead by example in applying state-of-the-art green building and adapted design requirements to new construction;
- Adapting and augmenting our transportation systems, rights of way, and open space to reduce emissions, protect New Yorkers from urban heat, and improve quality of life in our neighborhoods;
- Prioritize an equitable shift to renewable energy, including rooftop solar energy generation, utility-scale renewables, and building- and grid-scale energy resiliency and storage;
- Transforming how the City manages food waste, wastewater, and construction and demolition debris to improve conditions in our neighborhoods, create circular economies and reduce emissions and material sent to landfills and incinerators;
- Communicating with, educating, and learning from New Yorkers to ensure all City projects and programs advance our climate and environmental justice goals.