is an effort released by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg
Michael Rubens Bloomberg is the current Mayor of New York City. With a net worth of $19.5 billion in 2011, he is also the 12th-richest person in the United States...
in 2007 to prepare the city for one million more residents, strengthen the economy, combat climate change, and enhance the quality of life for all New Yorkers. The Plan brought together over 25 City agencies to work toward the vision of a greener, greater New York. Since then, significant progress has been made towards our long-term goals set by the Plan.
PlaNYC specifically targets ten areas of interest: Housing and Neighborhoods; Parks and Public Spaces; Brownfields; Waterways; Water Supply; Transportation; Energy; Air Quality; Solid Waste; Climate Change.
Over 97% of the 127 initiatives in PlaNYC were launched within one-year of its release and almost two-thirds of its 2009 milestones were achieved or mostly achieved. The plan was updated in 2011and has been expanded to 132 initiatives and more than 400 specific milestones for December 31, 2013.
Daniel L. Doctoroff
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, the deputy mayor
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for economic development and rebuilding, led the team of experts that developed the plan, which The New York Times
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called the Bloomberg administration’s "most far-reaching"—"its fate could determine whether his administration will be remembered as truly transformative."
The plan has three major components:
- OpeNYC: Preparation for a sharp rise in New York City’s population, expected to increase by more than one million over two decades.
- MaintaiNYC: Repairing aging infrastructure, including city bridges, water mains, mass transit, building codes and power plants.
- GreeNYC: Conserving New York City resources, with a goal of reducing New York City’s carbon emissions by 30%.
One of the most controversial aspects of the plan is the mayor’s call for congestion pricing
New York congestion pricing was a proposed traffic congestion fee for vehicles traveling into or within the Manhattan central business district of New York City...
, specifically a bid to levy a fee of $8.00 on all cars entering midtown Manhattan
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during peak hours on weekdays. The proposal has stalled in Albany
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despite support from environmental groups and the governor’s office.
A large criticism stems from the plan’s assumption that more riders could use mass transit. New York City Transit, after doing an analysis of each subway line, revealed that many subway lines are already used to capacity, and that the tracks allow no room to add more trains.
Promoters of this mechanism argue, however, that the system could generate much needed funds for currently underfunded public transit expansion projects (e.g. Second Avenue Subway
The Second Avenue Subway is a planned rapid transit subway line, part of the New York City Subway system. Phase I, consisting of two miles of tunnel and three stations, is currently under construction underneath Second Avenue in the borough of Manhattan.A plan for more than 75 years, the Second...
, #7 Line expansion
The 7 Subway Extension — Hudson Yards Rezoning and Development Program is the plan to extend the IRT Flushing Line of the New York City Subway, which carries the 7 train service, westward from its current terminus at Times Square, adding one new station at 34th Street – Eleventh Avenue...
, East Terminal Extension at Grand Central
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PlaNYC is supported by Campaign for New York's Future
The Campaign for New York's Future is a coalition of civic, business, environmental, labor, community and public health organizations that supports the goals and strategic direction of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s sustainability proposal, PlaNYC 2030....
, a coalition of civic, business, environmental, labor, community and public health organizations.
A deal with TRIRIGA
According to a study by the mayor’s office, the city’s municipal buildings account for nearly 3.8 million metric tons of greenhouse gas
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emissions each year and utilize 6.5 percent of the city’s energy. One of the main goals of Mayor Bloomberg’s PlaNYC is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2017.
In order to meet this, New York City
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signed an agreement with TRIRIGA, a leading integrated workplace management system
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and environmental sustainability software provider through which the city will deploy TRIRIGA’s environmental sustainability software, TREES, across more than 4,000 government buildings throughout the city of New York
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Prior to the agreement, the city’s rate of energy consumption in NYC municipal buildings totaled nearly $1 billion each year, and accounted for about 64 percent of the city’s greenhouse gas emissions. New York City will use performance data from the TRIRIGA system to provide the city with the critical analysis required to implement carbon reduction strategies and to inform the project selection process for PlaNYC funded retrofit projects.
Through the agreement, TRIRIGA and New York City will work together to measure existing and historical energy and water usage and enter it into the city’s implementation of TREES - known to the city as Sustainable Energy Property Tracking System (SEPTS) - helping to identify resource-intensive facilities and prioritize energy efficiency
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