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New York City Makes Income Equality The Center Of Its Green Goals

Posted by New Leaders Council 4 Admin on April 23, 2015 at 2:48 PM

Originally published on Co.Exist on April 23, by Jessica Leber.

Can the city's progressive mayor successfully merge his ambitious equity and environmental goals? Or will he be caught up in the details?

Picture a New York City with 800,000 fewer residents living in poverty, 25% fewer premature deaths, and broadband Internet access for everyone. These are all laudable, progressive goals that are unprecedented. But they aren’t the kind of thing you’d expect to see in a citywide environmental sustainability plan released on Earth Day.

That was the gist of Mayor de Blasio’s OneNYC, an update to former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s celebrated PlaNYC citywide sustainability agenda. After PlaNYC was first created in 2007, it was lauded for its ambitious goals in areas like reducing the city’s greenhouse gas emissions, planting trees, adding bike lanes, and increasing energy efficiency. Cities around the world copied the model.

In releasing a four-year update to the plan required by law, de Blasio has not only changed its name but dramatically expanded its scope to embrace economic initiatives intertwined with environmental ones.

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