On April 22, 2013 CHEKPEDS was a partner organization for the 2013 New York City Mayoral Forum on Sustainability, hosted by the New York League of Conservative Voters Education Fund and The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design. Ernest Modarelli shares his notes on the event which brought together the nine multi party candidates:
Sal Albanese, Jon Catsimatidis, Adolfo Carrion. Bill de Blasio, Joe Lhota, John Liu, George McDonald, Christine Quinn, Bill Thompson
A large part of the conversation focused on the success of Bloomberg’s Plan NYC and the improvement and future of this Program. With few exceptions the candidates seemed to agree on the future of Sustainability in New York City focused on Healthy New Yorkers, Strong Neighborhoods, and a Vibrant Economy.
This agenda includes more environmentally friendly building materials for new developments and increased retrofitting of older buildings, more energy efficient buildings and vehicles, more parks, less motor vehicle traffic, improved public transportation, improved energy sources, and the creation of jobs through investment in sustainability.
The forum had good news for the pedestrians , as all but one candidate agreed the city had too much congestion, and was in need of improvements to all types of public transportation. Every candidate raised their hands in support of continued increase in bicycle commuting and even more bike lanes. The candidates also all supported the need for more parks, and many offered new ways to develop park space.
If this forum is any indication of the future sustainability of New York City the city will be on a path to improved environmental conditions and more sustainability no matter who the next mayor turns out to be. Each candidate laid out there plan for an “industrial sustainability agenda” and committed to post this agenda on their campaign web site by Friday April 26th.