Shaping New York City’s Future after Hurricane Sandy
C40 Chair, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, gave a speech this Thursday in Lower Manhattan before the League of Conservation Voters outlining the long-term challenges posed by severe weather and how New York City plans to respond. At the event, Mayor Bloomberg was introduced by former Vice President Al Gore who lauded Bloomberg’s unparalleled response to the challenges presented by climate change. “Among mayors of this nation and this world, he stands out. I don't know of anybody who has done more.”
While recognizing that New York City cannot solve the problems associated with climate change alone, Mayor Bloomberg has spearheaded climate change response efforts both locally and globally. In his speech, the C40 Chair highlighted the City’s major achievements since his launch of PlaNYC in 2007, the nation’s first comprehensive sustainability plan that has reduced New York’s carbon footprint by 16 percent. As part of this effort, the City has taken major steps toward climate change adaptation, including through revisions to the building code, adoption of green roofs, and restoration of wetlands.
Among several new initiatives, the Mayor announced that he has directed Deputy Mayors Cas Holloway and Linda Gibbs to conduct an after-action review of preparedness and recovery operations during Hurricane Sandy, focusing on how to improve the way the City mobilizes and deploys resources. He also announced a major new initiative to determine the necessary steps to prepare every critical infrastructure network—power, heat, gas, telecommunications, transportation, and hospitals—to withstand a Category 2 hurricane and remain operational.