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Reducing Emissions & Adapting to Climate Change

RPA is researching and advocating for policies that ensure our region is both mitigating and adapting to the impacts of climate change.

Climate change is here. The longer we put off addressing its root causes and preparing for its impacts, the more often we’ll be left to reckon with its aftermath.”

Research

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New York City can use our 32,000 acres of roadway to prevent flooding and adapt to climate change, support transportation alternatives and better goods movement, and expand access to economic opportunity. Here’s how.
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Securing a carbon-free future requires that we change our infrastructure so that biking can become as accessible and common tomorrow as driving is today.
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Adding Value
The forests, farmlands, and wetlands in the Mid-Hudson Valley are critical environmental and economic resources for the entire region. Yet certain tensions undermine efforts to protect them.
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Action

Events

New York’s Newest Green Energy Projects

RPA hosted the first public panel on New York’s newest green energy projects — Champlain Hudson Power Express and Clean Path NY — which promise to power approximately 2.5 million homes.

Nature-Based Adaptation

On the eighth anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, RPA hosted a panel discussion exploring how New York City can invite nature back into the urban fabric as a method of adapting to climate change.

Energy Equity

RPA hosted a discussion on energy equity with leaders from the region’s utility companies, community-based organizations and leading thinkers in energy during Climate Week NYC 2020.

RPA Lab

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We break down how the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework will impact the tri-state region.
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Approximately 180,000 small residential buildings in New York City remain vulnerable to high-intensity rainfall flooding.
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Flooded Subways
How many subway entrances will flood during New York City’s next severe rain storm? We counted.
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Residents are deeply concerned about climate change and support dramatic measures to do something about it.
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From the Fourth Plan

From the Archive

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Amidst the national oil crisis in 1973, RPA evalu­ated energy consumption trends and energy conservation oppor­tunities in the New York metropolitan region.
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