Build Affordable. Build Sustainable. Build Resilient.
Mayor de Blasio
For too many New Yorkers, the hidden cost of climate change and unsustainable communities only compound the toll of sky high rents and property values in our city.
That's why I'm writing today to encourage you to make your new housing plan a model for environmental sustainability and climate resiliency.
During your campaign, you vowed to end the Tale of Two Cities and promote green buildings, focus on resiliency and build an alliance for a sustainable New York.
The new housing plan you will unveil in early May is the perfect opportunity to make progress on all of those promises.
The 200,000 units that you plan to preserve and create should not only be affordable, they should also put a strong emphasis on energy efficiency, water conservation and green building materials.
Your plan should also think comprehensively: truly affordable housing exists as part of a sustainable community. Locating new units near transit, parks, waterfronts and natural resources will alleviate the hidden costs that plague too many New Yorkers.
And finally, all new and preserved units must be reviewed to ensure they can withstand the next big storm -- as well as the more frequent extreme weather that climate change will bring.
I share your commitment to building a city that works for all of us. That's why I encourage you to create a housing plan that's truly affordable: a model for sustainability and resiliency that will inspire cities around the country, and around the world.
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