Sustainability and Resiliency

Welcome to the Sustainability and Resiliency page where you can learn more about the working group goals and recommendations, and view the meeting agendas, notes, presentations and other materials.

Background

Planning for sustainability means that the activities we undertake today will not compromise our resources in the future. Planning for resiliency means that people, buildings, neighborhoods, the economy, and public services will be ready to withstand and emerge stronger from the impacts of climate change.

The Gowanus neighborhood faces challenges to sustainability and resiliency that include flood risk and historically contaminated land. Residents and businesses experience stormwater-related flooding of streets and basements and have seen inundation and damage from the storm surge of Superstorm Sandy in 2012. A legacy of pollution has led to the Superfund designation of the canal itself and the need for substantial remediation of several sites in the neighborhood.

For years, the Gowanus community has been working toward a sustainable and resilient future. This study aims to support those efforts by finding locally effective and appropriate ways to promote and enhance the sustainability and resiliency of Gowanus’s buildings, infrastructure and land in coordination with the continued clean-up of the overall area.

During the winter and spring of 2017, the Department of City Planning and sister agencies worked with community members, businesses, organizations and local elected officials to come up with goals and potential recommendations around topics including resilient design & development, community emergency response planning, and site contamination & remediation. In addition to the Department of City Planning, the working group was supported by NYC’s Mayor’s Office of Recovery & Resiliency, Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, Mayor’s Office of Environmental Remediation, Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Parks & Recreation, Department of Transportation, NYC Emergency Management, and NYC Housing Authority.

Documents and other information from working group meetings and public workshops can be found in the document library.

Welcome to the Sustainability and Resiliency page where you can learn more about the working group goals and recommendations, and view the meeting agendas, notes, presentations and other materials.

Background

Planning for sustainability means that the activities we undertake today will not compromise our resources in the future. Planning for resiliency means that people, buildings, neighborhoods, the economy, and public services will be ready to withstand and emerge stronger from the impacts of climate change.

The Gowanus neighborhood faces challenges to sustainability and resiliency that include flood risk and historically contaminated land. Residents and businesses experience stormwater-related flooding of streets and basements and have seen inundation and damage from the storm surge of Superstorm Sandy in 2012. A legacy of pollution has led to the Superfund designation of the canal itself and the need for substantial remediation of several sites in the neighborhood.

For years, the Gowanus community has been working toward a sustainable and resilient future. This study aims to support those efforts by finding locally effective and appropriate ways to promote and enhance the sustainability and resiliency of Gowanus’s buildings, infrastructure and land in coordination with the continued clean-up of the overall area.

During the winter and spring of 2017, the Department of City Planning and sister agencies worked with community members, businesses, organizations and local elected officials to come up with goals and potential recommendations around topics including resilient design & development, community emergency response planning, and site contamination & remediation. In addition to the Department of City Planning, the working group was supported by NYC’s Mayor’s Office of Recovery & Resiliency, Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, Mayor’s Office of Environmental Remediation, Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Parks & Recreation, Department of Transportation, NYC Emergency Management, and NYC Housing Authority.

Documents and other information from working group meetings and public workshops can be found in the document library.