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Climate Extremes and Change:
Decision-Making in the New York Metropolitan Region
Regional Responses To Climate Change
Cities for Climate Protection
Resolution No. 1923 was passed on June 29, 2001 by the New York City Council, making New York City a Climate Protection City and supporting the initiation of plans and implementation activities that would reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the City. The Resolution follows principles of the Cities for Climate Protection campaign developed by the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), which has been adopted by more than 500 cities. http://www.iclei.org
High Performance Buildings
The New York City Department of Design and Construction developed High Performance Building Guidelines, a set of design and implementation guidelines that maximize operational energy savings while minimizing detrimental environmental impacts of building construction and operation. A key feature and benefit of high performance building is the reduction of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions that accompanies decrease in energy use.http://www.ci.nyc.ny.us/html/ddc/html/highperf.html
Metropolitan East Coast Assessment
One of the regional components of the National Assessment of the Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change for the United States, Climate Change and a Global City investigated the potential impacts of climate variability and change on the natural systems and human activities of the New York metropolitan region. The Report was published by the Columbia Earth Institute in July 2001. http://metroeast_climate.ciesin.columbia.edu
Follow-on research activities currently underway include:
Health: Columbia University's Mailman School of
Public Health has received an EPA Star grant to lead a multi-university
study that examines future scenarios of global climate change and regional
land-use change as drivers of changing local climate and air quality. The
study will also develop improved tools for assessing urban health risks
due to heat stress and air quality changes.
Contact: Joyce Rosenthal firstname.lastname@example.org
Storm Surge: The Marine Sciences Research Center,
Stony Brook University, has begun a two-year evaluation of the hydrologic
feasibility of storm surge barriers to protect the central part of the metropolitan
New York and New Jersey region from flooding.
Contact: Douglas Hill email@example.com
Climate Change Information System: CIESIN at Columbia
University will develop a climate change information system focused on the
New York metropolitan area. Information needs for coastal zone and transportation
system managers will be determined through interviews and focus groups.
Contact: Roberta Balstad Miller firstname.lastname@example.org
Governor's Task Force on Greenhouse
Gov. Pataki's Task Force has been working since June 2001 to consider specific policies that will reduce New York's greenhouse gas emissions. A Report and Action Plan are expected in the spring of 2002.
New York State Greenhouse Gas
Developed by NYSERDA and NYSDEC, with citizen input from the New York City Greenhouse Gas Working Group, the New York State Greenhouse Gas Action Plan projects state-level impacts on greenhouse gas emissions for a variety of technologies, reviews existing initiatives, and offers suggestions of programs and institutional implementation at state and local levels. For information, email email@example.com
New York State Energy Plan
The State's major energy policy is currently available for input and review. The Energy Plan, issued every four years, affects State budget and operating priorities. Public hearings are being held through March 2002. The plan is available in pdf format in the "what's new" section at: http://www.nyserda.org.
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