Queens councilman introduces legislation to create Department of Sustainability and Climate Change under one commissioner

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City Council members Gale Brewer and James Gennaro introduced legislation Friday, April 22, that would create a Department of Sustainability and Climate Change to centralize the city’s work related to the resiliency of critical infrastructure, the built environment, coastal protection, coastal communities and climate change under one commissioner.

Under the proposed legislation, the commissioner would have the power to develop and coordinate the implementation of policies, programs and actions to meet the long-term sustainability needs of New York City, develop evaluation indicators and increase public awareness and education. A sustainability advisory board would exist to support the commissioner with this work.

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