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Sustainability: Safeguarding NYC’s future, into the next century and beyond.

Sustainability is critical to building a stronger and more equitable New York City. Our clean air, waterways, energy grid, and telecommunication and transportation networks are key elements in powering the city’s economic growth—but they must now adapt to meet the challenges posed by a rising population, new infrastructure demands, and climate change.

By investing in programs, projects, spaces, access, resources, and connections across the five boroughs, we’re addressing our most pressing urban challenges, creating good-paying jobs, and making our city more livable for all. As the rest of the world looks to New York City to lead the way in solving the most pressing environmental needs of our time, we at NYCEDC are stepping up to meet the challenge.

Lower Manhattan Coastal Resiliency

The City released the Lower Manhattan Climate Resilience Study, identifying the specific risks that climate change poses to Lower Manhattan—and the strategy for how we can prepare for it.

Lower Manhattan, Photo by Eloi Omella/Getty Images

A Plan for Lower Manhattan

Adapting Lower Manhattan to climate change, for this generation and the next—prioritizing permanent adaptation and protecting 70 percent of Lower Manhattan’s coastline.

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Saw Mill Creek Wetland Mitigation Bank

NYCEDC completed restoration of 54 acres of degraded wetlands on Staten Island’s West Shore. The wetland was successfully restored through the Saw Mill Creek Mitigation Bank pilot program, a first-of-its-kind program in New York City.

More than 40,000 cubic yards of debris were removed from tidal wetlands, marshlands, and mudflats that make up the Saw Mill Creek watershed, creating a net increase of 24 acres of wetlands.

Manhattan Waterfront Greenway

Manhattan’s next big park isn’t in the center. When complete, the 32.5-mile Greenway loop will connect a network of green spaces totaling more than 1,000 acres—a space larger than Central Park—running continuously around the entire island.

Manhattan Waterfront Greenway

East Midtown Greenway Groundbreaking

Eight blocks of new waterfront access on Manhattan's East Side

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Electric Truck Charging Stations

NYCEDC has released a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) for organizations interested in developing and operating truck-accessible electric charging stations throughout the city, as part of the $100M FreightNYC plan. The clean trucks initiative aims to reduce emissions and modernize the city’s freight distribution and supply chain network.

Reducing Emissions, Modernizing the Supply Chain

By The Numbers


The number of electric vehicles NYC has committed to add to its fleet by 2025.

A Zero-Emissions Future

The clean trucks initiative will work to advance the faster adoption of low-and zero-emission delivery vehicles on city streets by gaining market feedback on where truck-accessible stations can be installed, forming an initial citywide network.

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The City’s 2050 greenhouse gas reduction target


This initiative will help us electrify delivery vehicles and revolutionize our freight system, contributing to our overall vision of a cleaner, more sustainable transportation network.

Mark Chambers Director of the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability

Bartlett Dairy: Bringing Milk Distribution Back to NYC

NYCEDC has closed a deal for Bartlett Dairy to develop a 54,000-square-foot dairy distribution center at NYCEDC’s JFK North Site in Queens. The center will create 165 quality jobs and establish a permanent home for milk distribution within the five boroughs, eliminating the need for milk to be shipped into the city by truck from New Jersey and ensuring a local supply of fresh dairy products for New Yorkers.

Activating Hunts Point

NYCEDC is looking to activate a new marine terminal on the Hunts Point Peninsula in the South Bronx as part of the City’s FreightNYC initiative. This new, direct, environmentally friendly transportation link to the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center will improve the city’s supply chain and provide an alternative to trucking to move food and other products—reducing truck traffic and improving air quality.

Hunts Point Landing. Photo by NYCEDC.

Reinvesting in NYC’s Waterways

The Hunts Point Marine Terminal will boost NYC’s maritime economy, improve air quality, and modernize freight distribution by making it easier to ship goods via barge.

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