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| ||From left to right: David Bragdon (Director, NYC Mayor's Office of Long term Planning and Sustainability), David Moyar (E2), Ashok Gupta (NRDC) and Chris Arndt (E2). Click To Enlarge.|
Four years ago, E2 members were introduced to Mayor Bloomberg’s PlaNYC by Rit Aggarwala, then acting director of the Office of Long-term Planning and Sustainability. On May 5th, David Bragdon, the current director of the Office of Long-term Planning and Sustainability, and Ashok Gupta, NRDC’s Air and Energy Program Director, reviewed the City’s activities in the past four years and provided an outlook for future efforts under the recently released PlaNYC 2.0. The event was hosted by the law firm Simpson Thacher Bartlett and attended by approximately forty E2 members and guests.
The overarching goals of PlaNYC, “A Greener, Greater New York,” dovetail well with E2’s mission of advancing environmental stewardship and prosperity at once.
|David Bragdon (Director, NYC Mayor's Office of Long term Planning and Sustainability) addresses the audience in NY. Click to Enlarge.|| |
From the perspective of municipal governance, the program is unique because of the comprehensive range of issues considered—housing, parks, brownfields, waterways, water supply, transportation, energy, air quality, solid, waste, and climate change—and the duration of the effort, with priorities and goals set to 2030. The discussion that followed Mr. Bragdon’s formal comments focused on efficiency, building retrofits, and transportation priorities, among others. We look forward to an ongoing dialogue with Mr. Bragdon and with the Office of Long-term Planning and Sustainability for years to come.
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