Recommendations and Recap from our 2014 Green Infrastructure Forum in New York City

June 30, 2015

On October 9th, we kicked off our Dig Deep for a Greener New York policy forum series with our forum on Green Infrastructure. Our panelists from a variety of government agencies and nonprofits discussed how the city can manage combined sewer overflows (CSOs), and use green infrastructure to mitigate flooding. New York City’s outdated infrastructure could benefit greatly from expanding green infrastructure and using it as a climate resiliency tool.

Learn more about the event by reading our white paper.

After the forum, NYLCVEF got to work putting the great ideas discussed together into our paper, Green Infrastructure Recommendations for New York City.” The paper aims to help DEP and other agencies build on the positive steps they have already taken. The recommendations argue that New York City can and should be doing much more to significantly expand its green infrastructure program.

Growing the program throughout the five boroughs will not only improve our harbor’s water quality, but it will also reap critical environmental benefits such as climate and flood mitigation, a reduction of the urban heat island effect, and improved air quality.

“Given the frequency of extreme weather events and the on-going investments made to increase the city’s resiliency post Hurricane Sandy, there’s great potential for green infrastructure to help achieve many goals: improved water and air quality, flood mitigation, open space enhancement, and increased resiliency,” said Marcia Bystryn, President of NYLCVEF. “New York City can aim much higher. It’s time to build on the success of DEP’s pilot and maximize the potential of green infrastructure technologies citywide.”

Click here to Download our Green Infrastructure Recommendations for NYC

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