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Fact Sheet: Mayor de Blasio Updates on Significant OneNYC Progress

April 22, 2016

Since OneNYC launched one year ago, City is stronger, more sustainable, more resilient and more equitable – moving toward critical goals like 80x50, cleaner air, zero waste, poverty reduction and much more

“OneNYC recognized that environmental and economic sustainability must go hand in hand, outlining a comprehensive blueprint for a stronger, more sustainable, more resilient, and more equitable city. Today, our emissions are down, our air is cleaner, less waste is going to landfills, our shorelines are better protected from rising seas, and there are more jobs than ever before – but there’s much more work ahead. Half-measures won’t do, and we’ll keep pushing toward OneNYC’s bold, necessary, and achievable goals.” – Mayor Bill de Blasio

NEW YORK––In April 2015, Mayor de Blasio released One New York: The Plan for a Strong and Just City (OneNYC), which laid out a sweeping vision for preserving and enhancing New York City’s role as a leading global city as it approaches its 400th anniversary in 2025.

OneNYC is premised on four visions for the city, each including bold goals, specific initiatives, and detailed metrics and indicators to address the significant social, economic and environmental challenges ahead:

  1. Vision One: Our Growing, Thriving City - New York City will continue to be the world’s most dynamic urban economy where families, businesses and neighborhoods thrive.
  2. Vision Two: Our Just and Equitable City - New York City will have an inclusive, equitable economy that offers well-paying jobs and opportunities for all New Yorkers to live with dignity and security.
  3. Vision Three: Our Sustainable City – OneNYC will ensure that New York City is the most sustainable big city in the world and a global leader in the fight against climate change.
  4. Vision Four: Our Resilient CityOneNYC will ensure that our neighborhoods, economy and public services are ready to withstand and emerge stronger from the impacts of climate change and other 21st century threats.

Over the last year, the City has made significant progress toward OneNYC’s goals. In fact, over 95 percent of OneNYC’s 202 initiatives are already underway.

Below is just a brief rundown of some of the progress over the last year. Full details on all OneNYC goals, initiatives, and metrics can be found in the OneNYC Progress Report, available here. The OneNYC interactive website is available at

The City will continue to update the public on its progress in delivering on its OneNYC commitments. This progress report includes new milestones to reach by the end of 2016 and 2017 for each of its active initiatives, as well as those carried over from prior sustainability and resiliency plans.

OneNYC Goal: New York City will achieve best air quality of any large US city by 2030
Since April 2015:

  • Enacted the most sweeping air code update in decades.
  • Fully phased out the dirtiest heating oil.
  • Launched NYC Clean Fleet to add 2,000 electric vehicles to the City fleet by 2025 – creating the largest municipal electric vehicle fleet in the country.
  • All air quality indicators continuing to improve.

OneNYC Goal: New York City’s greenhouse gas emissions will be 80 percent lower by 2050
Since April 2015:

  • Invested $334M in energy-saving projects in City-owned buildings, saving 114,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide and $46 million annually.
  • Released groundbreaking analysis and recommendations to dramatically cut GHG emissions for NYC’s one million buildings.
  • Launched the NYC Retrofit Accelerator and already signed up over 1,000 projects – more than 80 million square feet.
  • Released a Request for Information to explore powering 100 percent of municipal electricity needs with renewable energy.
  • Committed to divest the City’s pension funds from coal.
  • Greenhouse gas emissions in 2014 dropped 12 percent over 2005 levels, using a new, state-of-the-art, global standard, and despite strong economic growth, an extremely cold winter and an increased population. New York City’s per capita emissions are one-third of the average U.S. per capita emissions.

OneNYC Goal: New York City will send zero waste to landfills by 2030
Since April 2015:

  • More than tripled curbside organics collection to reach over 700,000 New Yorkers.
  • Launched the NYCHA recycling program in 850 public housing buildings
  • Updated City regulations to simplify recycling for businesses.
  • Expanded e-waste collection to more than 500,000 residents
  • 685,000 tons of waste recycled or otherwise diverted from landfills in 2015, a 5 percent increase over 2014.

OneNYC Goal: New York City will withstand and emerge stronger from the impacts of climate change
Since April 2015:

  • Secured another $300 million for new coastal resiliency investments, bringing the grand total of resiliency dollars secured to date to nearly $22 billion.
  • Achieved major milestones on projects to protect our most vulnerable coastal communities, including flood protection systems on the Lower East Side, Red Hook, Lower Manhattan, Rockaway, Staten Island and more.
  • Secured up to $5 million in annual flood insurance savings for New Yorkers.

OneNYC Goal: New York City will lift 800,000 New Yorkers out of poverty or near poverty by 2025
Since April 2015:

  • Successfully fought to increase the minimum wage for New York City workers to $15 by 2019.
  • Announced in January 2016 that all City employees and social services contractors would earn $15 by 2018.
  • Previously scheduled wage increases through 2015 will themselves lift approximately 100,000 people out of poverty or near poverty.
  • Expanded antipoverty programs in such areas as early childhood, education, and job training.
  • Once fully enacted, the announced wage increases together will lift about 750,000 New York City residents out of poverty or near poverty, putting the City well on-track to meet OneNYC’s poverty-reduction goal.

OneNYC Goal: New York City will spur more than 4.9 million jobs by 2040
Since April 2015:

  • New York City reached a record total of nearly 4.3 million jobs in 2016.
  • Since January 2014, New York City has added 256,700 private sector jobs, the largest two-year job growth in history.

OneNYC Goal: New York City will finance the new construction of 80,000 affordable housing units and preservation of 120,000 affordable housing units by 2024
Since April 2015:

  • Financed over 40,000 affordable apartments, which can accommodate 100,000 New Yorkers, since 2014.
  • Enacted Mandatory Inclusionary Housing to require affordable housing with new rezonings.

This is just a small sampling of progress over the last year. Some other highlights can be found below, and the Progress Report provides a complete listing of all progress to date, as well as new metrics.

Vision 1 – Our Growing, Thriving City

Workforce Development: Launched HireNYC to provide job opportunities to thousands of New Yorkers.
Thriving Neighborhoods: Committed $1 billion to support new infrastructure and community resources in growing neighborhoods.
Broadband: Began installation of over 500 Wi-Fi kiosks in all five boroughs.
Transportation Network: Expanded Citibike with 140 new stations and 2,000 new bikes.
Transportation Network: Contributed $2.5 billion to MTA Capital Program.
Infrastructure Lifecycle: Secured $500 million in Federal funding for NYC transit over next 5 years.

Vision 2 – Our Just and Equitable City

Early Childhood: Every four-year-old in NYC now has access to free, full-day, high quality pre-K.
Integrated Government & Social Services Delivery: Opened 130 community schools
Healthy Neighborhoods, Active Living: Established 5 new urban farms in low-income communities.
Healthcare Access: Launched ThriveNYC – an $850 million investment comprised of 54 unique initiatives to transform our mental health care system.
Criminal Justice: Resolved 77.5 percent of target cases through Justice Reboot that had been pending for longer than a year.
Vision Zero: 2015 was the safest year on New York City streets since record-keeping began in 1910.

Vision 3 – Our Sustainable City

80x50: Solar capacity has tripled since 2013: City is now at almost 75 MW.
80x50: Launched NYC Clean Fleet: On track to purchase 500 EVs by the middle of 2016.
Brownfields: Completed cleanup of 236 tax lots since 2014 (165 of which were cleaned up last year).
Water: Broke ground on 3,400 green infrastructure projects since 2011.
Water: Conducted 500,000 water quality tests – for more than 250 contaminants including lead – from reservoirs to neighborhood streets.
Parks: Completed 60 targeted improvements and 35 renovation designs through the Community Parks Initiative.
Parks: Planted over 1,000,000 trees, two years ahead of schedule.
Zero Waste: Signed up 39 businesses – from across all boroughs – diverting at least 50 percent of their waste from landfill and incineration by June 15, 2016 as part of Mayor’s Zero Waste Challenge.

Vision 4 – Our Resilient City

Neighborhoods: Invested $54 million in Sandy-impacted small businesses to create and retain thousands of jobs.
Infrastructure Resiliency: Secured $9.2 billion for the City’s infrastructure and public services.

Diverse & Inclusive Government

Diverse & Inclusive Government: Women and people of color now represent the majority of administrators and officials in City government.
M/WBE: Awarded $1.6 billion in contracts to Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises.

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