NYC Could Be the First City to Create an Agency to Manage Climate Change

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The bill proposed in February by City Councilman Costa Constantinides would create a new commissioner-led department that would carry out the city’s sustainability policies.

In New York City, climate preparedness falls under the various urban planning and environmental agencies. The city already has an office of Sustainability and an office of Recovery and Resiliency, and those agencies oversee the city’s OneNYC climate plan that was established in 2015 by Mayor Bill de Blasio.

The new bill proposes merging these offices into a Department of Sustainability that according to Constantinides would be able to shepherd more resources from the state and federal governments and allow a larger amount of city officials to deal with green energy, zoning laws, and disaster relief efforts….

An excerpt from Goodnet