Big plans

Mayor Bloomberg recently announced PLANYC2030, a — yes — comprehensive plan and sustainability plan for New York City rolled into one.

The clearly stated goals for 2030 include
* reducing GHG emissions 30%+ (considering the age of the building stock, this is bigger than the 2030 Challenge’s goal of carbon-neutral new buildings by 2030)
* cleaning all contaminated land
* making 90% of waterways safe for recreation
* build one million new homes

Again, a few Chicago departments have shown that they’re capable of setting quantifiable long-term targets with real-world significance (e.g., families helped instead of dollars spent), reporting on their progress, and achieving them — Housing and Bicycle, for example. Yet where’s the climate change planning effort?

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