""like those earlier generations, we believe in the promise of our city. We believe that tomorrow can be better than today. And we know that it's up to us to make it so. And rather than talk about it and have plans that never get fulfilled, we're actually doing something."
– Mayor Michael Bloomberg remarks, announcing the Special Initiative for Rebuilding & Resiliency on December 6, 2012
When it comes to climate change, New York City has long been considered a leader in long-term sustainable planning, but Hurricane Sandy was a wake-up call to all New Yorkers. The Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency (SIRR) addresses how New York City can rebuild to be more resilient in the wake of Sandy but with a renewed focus on:
- how to improve citywide infrastructure and building resilience in the medium and long term; and
- how to rebuild locally in order to help Sandy-impacted communities become more resilient
SIRR is producing a comprehensive report in the summer of 2013 that will address these challenges by investigating three key questions:
- What happened during and after Sandy and why?
- What is the likely risk to New York City as the climate changes and the threat of future storms and severe weather increases?
- What do we do:
- with citywide infrastructure and buildings?
- in Sandy-impacted neighborhoods?
Read the report