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Did You Know? Interesting Facts About NYC’s Climate Change Successes

August 19, 2011

The Human Impacts Institute is gearing up to participate in Climate Week NYC with ourTen Days of Climate Action by offering you 30 interesting and useful climate change facts about New York City. Climate Week NYC is an annual summit attended by the world’s leading businesses and governments and an array of events focused on driving a clean industrial revolution. During Climate Week, the Human Impacts Institute will be bringing together artists, musicians, and other performers will put on exhibits and performances about climate change all over NYC for Ten Days of Climate Action.

 

While New York City still has a long way to go before it is carbon-neutral, it has taken large strides toward combating climate change issues. Here are five facts about NYC’s successes in climate change:

 

  • NYC has the largest municipal electric vehicle fleet in the country, totaling 430 electric vehicles.

  • NYC has one of the lowest per capita greenhouse gas emissions levels among major global cities.

  • Over 30% of yellow taxis are now hybrids.

  • New York City is home to more than 700 community gardens.

  • NYC has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 13% since 2005.

 

How successful do you think NYC has been in mitigating climate change?

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