NYC-EJA's extreme heat advocacy does not operate in silos. While we work our own organizational efforts to address this issue, we also participate in coalitions with like-minded organizations who are advocating for a more resilient NYC. Here are some updates on our efforts to address extreme heat:
On October 5th, City Council voted and unanimously approved Int. 1065, legislation requiring the City to create and monitor an urban forest plan to achieve a citywide goal of 30% canopy cover! NYC-EJA is a proud member of the Forest For All NYC coalition, which led the effort to see this legislation passed.
On October 16th, NYC-EJA sent a letter to Governor Hochul, signed by over 50 organizations from across the State, demanding dedicated funding in the upcoming Executive Budget for the State's Extreme Heat Action Plan (EHAP) to implement the solutions that frontline community organizations have uplifted as the highest priorities to address the impacts of extreme heat. You can read the letter with all our demands here.