In December 2006, Mayor Michael Bloomberg challenged New Yorkers from all five boroughs to generate ideas towards improving the sustainability of their city. The result was PlaNYC 2030, which focuses on enhancing five key dimensions of the city’s environment: land, air, water, energy and transportation. The Plan’s biggest objectives include ensuring a higher quality of life for future generations of New Yorkers and effecting a 30 percent reduction in the city’s greenhouse gas emissions. Since its implementation in 2007, PlaNYC has made notable headway on its goals, as outlined in its Progress Report 2010.
One of the Plan’s stipulations is that all New Yorkers should live within a 10-minute walk of a park. From 2007 to 2010, the percentage of New Yorkers living within a quarter mile of a park rose 8 percent, for a total of 84 percent. The Schoolyards to Playgrounds program opened 113 sites, effectively adding 85 more acres of open space to the city’s children. In addition, the city has planted more than 322,000 trees, achieving nearly one-third of the MillionTreesNYC goal of 1 million new trees by 2017. As of now, it is 65,000 trees ahead of schedule.
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