On December 12, 2006, Mayor Bloomberg challenged all New Yorkers to take part in a conversation about how to transform New York City into a sustainable city by 2030 - an effort called PlaNYC. In his speech, the Mayor outlined 10 goals to make New York City a healthier, more reliable and sustainable place -- not only for the present, but for generations to come.
The 10 goals encompass:
Housing - create homes for almost a million New Yorkers, while making housing more affordable and sustainable;
Open space - ensure that all New Yorkers live within a 10-minute walk from a park;
Brownfields - clean up all contaminated land in New York;
Water quality - open 90 percent of the waterways for recreation by reducing water pollution and preserving the natural areas;
Water network - develop critical back-up systems for the aging water network to ensure long-term reliability;
Transportation congestion - improve travel times by adding transit capacity for millions more residents;
State of good repair - reach a full "state of good repair" on New York City's roads, subways, and rails for the first time in the city's history;
Energy - provide cleaner, more reliable power for every New Yorker by upgrading the energy infrastructure;
Air quality - achieve the cleanest air of any big city in the U.S.;
Climate change - reduce global warming emissions by more than 30 percent.
PlaNYC puts forth a strategy to reduce the city's greenhouse gas footprint, while also accommodating a population growth of nearly one million, and improving its infrastructure and environment. Recognizing the importance of reducing global carbon emissions, and the value of leading by example, New York has set the goal of reducing its citywide carbon emissions by 30 percent below 2005 levels.