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PR- 172-10
April 21, 2010


New Sustainability Indicators Launched to Track Impact of PlaNYC

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today released the PlaNYC Progress Report 2010, which details the significant achievements made since the launch of PlaNYC, the City's long-term plan for a greener, greater New York. PlaNYC seeks to improve the environment, build the city's economy, and enhance the quality of life for all New Yorkers while accommodating 1 million more New Yorkers by 2030. The report is available at

"For three years, PlaNYC has changed the way New Yorkers think about their city and the future," said Mayor Bloomberg. "We must continue to tackle the challenges we face and dream big. Our City and future generations are depending on it."

"On Earth Day three years ago, we launched PlaNYC, and since then we've made a great start on turning it into a reality," said Deputy Mayor for Operations Edward Skyler. "We're planting a million new trees, we've passed the best 'green buildings' law in America and created new parks and bikeways. We have more work to do to meet the ambitious targets in the plan, and our innovative efforts will continue."

"City agencies have stepped up to the challenges laid out in PlaNYC and are responsible for much of our success," said Jeff Kay, Director of the Mayor's Office of Operations. "From the hybrid vehicles in our fleet to the energy-efficiency upgrades to City buildings, sustainable practices are becoming ingrained into the daily operations of the City."

"Three years into our twenty year plan, we have made significant strides toward meeting our long-term goals," said Sustainability Director Rohit T. Aggarwala. "We will continue to set aggressive goals and hold ourselves accountable for reaching them."

In PlaNYC, the City set interim milestones to be met by December 2009 for each of the 127 initiatives in the Plan.  According to the report, 57 percent of the 2009 interim milestones have been achieved or mostly achieved. Significant progress has been made on many of the initiatives that did not completely achieve their 2009 interim milestone, providing benefits for New Yorkers as the City continues to work to meet its interim milestones. For example, while the City did not meet its goal of constructing 240 Greenstreets by December 2009, 224 were completed. The report includes detailed information on the progress made on each of the initiatives and discusses the obstacles experienced in implementing the Plan. The report also notes some of the actions and programs undertaken by the City that will help meet the PlaNYC goals but that were not included in the 2007 plan, including the development and release of a plan to continue the city's transformation to a green economy.

PlaNYC achievements since 2007 include:

  • 100,000 units of affordable housing created or preserved through the New Housing Marketplace Plan.
  • 19 transit-oriented rezonings completed, enabling the creation of 34,000 units of housing in areas well-served by transit
Open Space
  • Over 322,000 trees planted as part of MillionTreesNYC
  • 113 schoolyards to playgrounds opened
  • Construction begun at Calvert Vaux Park and McCarren Pool
  • 224 Greenstreets constructed
  • Office of Environmental Remediation opened-the nation's first municipal level brownfields office
  • Regulations released for the NYC Local Brownfield Cleanup Program (LBCP) and the NYC Brownfield Incentive Grant (BIG) Program
  • All 14 wastewater treatment plants now able to meet Clean Water Act's 85% pollutant removal requirement harbor-wide
  • $115 million in new investments to improve the overall water quality and mitigate marshland loss in Jamaica Bay
  • Over 28,600 acres of land acquired to protect our upstate water supply
  • 31 state-of-good repair projects begun, leveraging $261 million in federal stimulus funding
  • 200 miles of bicycle lanes installed and bike access law enacted
  • Times Square, Herald Square, and Madison Square transformed into pedestrian plazas
  • The number of New Yorkers who bike to work has doubled
  • Launched the city's first bus rapid transit route and developed citywide master plan
  • Greener, Greater Buildings Plan enacted-the most comprehensive green building legislation in the country
  • 84 energy efficiency projects completed as part of our plan to reduce City government energy use 30% by 2017. These projects will result in over $2.3 million in annual energy savings
  • Federal stimulus funding secured to help property owners finance energy-saving retrofits in existing buildings
  • Green Codes Task Force report released
  • Entered into Offshore Wind Collaborative to build a wind farm off the coast of New York
Air Quality
  • 25% of the yellow taxi fleet converted to hybrid vehicles
  • Clean air school bus law enacted, requiring installation of interior air quality controls on entire fleet and lowering the retirement age of buses
  • New York City Clean Air Survey winter report released, the most detailed ground-level survey of air quality undertaken by a major city
  • 40 hybrid patrol cars added to NYPD fleet
  • Released report on electric vehicles
Climate Change
  • 9% decrease in citywide carbon emissions
  • First ever official New York City-specific climate change projections created


Stu Loeser / Jason Post   (212) 788-2958

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