Expand conservation of naturally occurring wetlands in southern Queens
Southern Queens, especially the Rockaways, are home to some of New York City’s last supply of naturally occurring wetlands. Preserving wetlands is a proven measure to build resiliency against flooding and hurricanes which will gain prevalence as the climate crisis continues. Surviving Superstorm Sandy means expanding conservation of these naturally occurring wetlands.
Cut NYC’s carbon emissions by implementing heating retrofits for large buildings/skyscrapers
A vast majority of New York City’s carbon emissions come from large buildings and skyscrapers heating systems. With buildings that have decades-old heating that relies on fossil fuel, the time is now to begin a city-wide retrofit. City Hall needs to dedicate dollars towards installation of renewable energy systems for large buildings and skyscrapers and significantly cut our city’s carbon output.
Financial aid for co-op and condo residents who need to install carbon-efficient infrastructure
It is important to realize that New York has a diverse infrastructure. What works to govern large developments in Midtown does not always work for townhouses in Queens. Residents of co-ops and condos should be eligible for financial aid in form of tax credit and grants to install carbon-efficient infrastructure.