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Concerted Efforts Lead to More Sustainable NYC Living

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When you think about New York City, with more than 8.38 million residents, it is hard to imagine it being sustainable in any meaningful way. It might therefore come as a massive surprise that New York is one of the states with the lowest levels of carbon emissions in the country. Although the state is home to 6% of the U.S. population, it only produces 3% of its greenhouse emissions. This impressive feat is only possible thanks to the city’s and its residents’ ongoing efforts. Let’s have a closer look at a few of these efforts that are being made to help ensure that Big Apple continues on its path towards increased sustainability. We will go over sustainable NYC Living!

Sustainable NYC Living: Protecting Water Reservoirs

Over the past few years, the NYC Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Health have come together to regulate and update aMore Sustainable NYC Living range of policies to protect the most significant freshwater sources in the state.

The city’s latest watershed management plan includes measures to address flood mitigation in watershed communities, stabilizing eroding stream banks, and using best management practices in agricultural endeavors.

These measures are simple: to improve the quality of freshwater in NYC. Residents are also playing a role in freshwater preservation by not littering and reducing the number of harmful chemicals used in homes and businesses.

Lowering the Carbon Footprint

While NYC supports the nation’s efforts to become more eco-friendly by making changes to its internal systems and policies, the general public is the main driving force behind the city’s collective smaller carbon footprint.

In addition to riding bicycles, taking the subway, and opting to drive low-emission cars, New Yorkers are also making an effort to render their home more eco-friendly by investing in solar energy and other eco-friendly systems. According to the team at EcoWatch, homeowners must make informed decisions when it comes to being eco-conscious. Having trustworthy reviews and reports available makes it easier to choose a solar solution that suits their lifestyle and their budget, resulting in a solar panel popularity boom.

One of the most notable contributors to NYC’s sustainability drive is the rapidly growing application of public and private spaces as urban gardens. New Yorkers are concerted effort to create green spaces across the city. This includes rooftop and balcony gardens and introducing natural elements into residential and commercial buildings.

Thanks to several farmers’ markets popping up all over the city, local gardeners, farmers, and other eco enthusiasts have also been inspired to develop more green spaces to grow to produce. This trend was jump-started by GrownNYC, a local organization dedicated to boosting NYC’s quality of life through environmental programs that affect change in communities. 

It is hard to think of NYC as a sustainable city. Thanks to the ongoing efforts of the city and residents alike, however, it continues to set an example for other large cities across the USA.



Written By: Georges Benoliel

Georges has been working in Wall Street for the last 16 years trading derivatives with hedge funds. He has been an active real estate investor for over a decade. Georges graduated from HEC Business School in Paris and holds a master in Finance from ESADE Barcelona.

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