Monday afternoon, from the stage of LaGuardia Community College in Queens, Mayor Bill de Blasio gave his first official State of the City address. The 43-minute-speech contained an ambitious agenda covering some of his most core objectives: income inequality, universal pre-K, a living wage, and affordable housing.

It’s worth noting, though, that aside from reaffirming support for ongoing Superstorm Sandy recovery, de Blasio’s speech was absent of any details around climate change, conservation, or sustainable development.

As we await more information from de Blasio’s about his sustainability agenda, NYER will be posing some questions of our own to the administration focused on what it will take to develop a truly sustainable* New York City.

Tell us what your questions for the Mayor are! Hopefully we’ll be hearing from him soon.

*Just a note to our readers: we’re defining “sustainable” quite broadly in this instance—anything from a long-term vision for energy and water use to pollution control, climate resilience, food supply, waste management, or other issues.

Part One

  1. What do you believe is the greatest environmental challenge facing New York City?
  2. What is your vision for a truly sustainable New York City?
  3. Do you plan to maintain the sustainability planning infrastructure put in place by Mayor Bloomberg, such as the Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability? Will PlaNYC remain the sustainability blueprint for New York City? Will you continue to update PlaNYC?
  4. How do you view the potential impact of climate change on New York City? Do you think that climate change poses one overarching threat to the city, or are there a number of issues/challenges that climate change will create?
  5. What is your position on “Zone A” areas throughout New York? Will these areas eventually need to be evacuated full-scale as sea levels rise? How can residents—especially those living in public housing developments—and businesses in these areas be adequately protected?
  6. Every year, NYC agencies spend more than $250 million on food—for meals served in schools, hospitals, prisons, eldercare facilities, and more. Focusing this spending on fresh food grown by NYS farms could support job growth, public health, and our environment. Would you support this effort, and if so, what strategies might you employ to make it happen?
  7. What do you think about establishing an “NYC Department of Food” to continue the Bloomberg administration’s work on food access issues, coordinate food policy citywide, and engage with State and Federal officials around food and farm policy at a state level?
  8. More than three million New Yorkers live in low-income communities that lack access to affordable, wholesome food — how might your Tale of Two Cities narrative expand to include the issue of food justice?