New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Monday he will unveil a $1 billion civic green initiative that would see green spaces and parks around the city redesigned and expanded.
In addition to the green spaces, the plan would create a green district in the Bronx that would be the largest such project in the city.
The city would spend $500 million over the next four years on green space projects, including an $8 million green zone on Manhattan’s West Side.
“This is a great example of what can be done to make New York City the greenest place in the world, to reduce emissions and to have our streets and parks become greener places to live and work,” Mr. de Blasio said at a news conference announcing the plan.
The initiative would require that the city get an environmental report from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
The project, called the Neighborhood Green Zone Plan, is a joint effort by the city, the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the U,T.
The plan would also aim to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40 percent by 2030 and reduce traffic fatalities by up to 25 percent.
New York’s mayor said the plan, which is expected to cost $1,400 million, would also help cities around the world cut their greenhouse gas pollution by 30 percent by 2050.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has called the green zone plan “the most ambitious plan ever for the green space sector in the U-T.”
“We need to take advantage of the opportunities that New York offers, including the green corridors, green parks, green spaces that are not only great for pedestrians but for people to walk, bike, skate, play, run, cycle, and to get to work,” he said.
The mayor said that the green plan was being coordinated with the city’s green building department, which will develop a design and environmental assessment of the project.
The green zone project would require the approval of the city Planning Department and would include green spaces including parks, bike lanes, green infrastructure, green roofs, green trees, green benches and green benches for pedestrians, he said, as well as a greenway to make walking and biking safer.
The proposal was developed by the New York Public Library’s Green Infrastructure Design Project.