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The Office of Recovery and Resiliency (ORR) is part of the New York City Mayor’s Office. ORR works with agencies, advocates, partnerships, and industry to advance long-term plans for growth and resiliency. We develop and oversee implementation of OneNYC, the City’s integrated, comprehensive plan for a stronger, more just New York, and related Mayoral interagency initiatives. Our purpose is to improve the City’s physical infrastructure, economy, and quality of life; prepare for an increasing population; and reduce our contributions to climate change while enhancing our resilience to its impacts.

Case Studies

Green Building Legislation

With trailblazing legislation and program support, we are implementing major initiatives to improve the efficiency of public and private buildings and reduce their impacts on the environment.

The Greener, Greater Buildings Plan
, a set of four laws enacted by City Council in 2009, require annual energy efficiency benchmarking and cost-effective energy efficiency upgrades and evaluations of the city's largest public and private buildings. These laws will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by almost 5 percent, have a net savings of $7 billion, and create roughly 17,800 construction-related jobs over 10 years.

The Green Codes Task Force, a panel of design and construction experts, developed 111 concepts to green the City’s building codes. As these proposals are passed into law or code, they will improve air quality, conserve water, and reduce waste, etc. Over 30 of these laws and rules have already been put into effect. 

Improving Access to the Water

New York is a waterfront city with over 500 miles of coastline, but for decades New Yorkers have had access to too little of it. Through a citywide, multi-agency approach, we are innovating new ways to enhance waterfront areas, improve water quality, restore wetlands, and increase access to the water itself while preserving viable industrial uses.

We’ve helped develop pioneering green infrastructure strategies, which save millions of dollars and reduce stormwater runoff in ways that improve the quality of water ending up in the harbor. The City is also piloting cutting-edge ecological restoration using oysters, eel grass, and ribbed mussels. 

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