“From coastal resiliency and sustainable green practices to the preservation of affordable housing, world-class public art, and vibrant, year-round programming in award-winning public spaces, Battery Park City leads the way in many of the measures that makes cities livable."

Raju Mann

President & CEO
  • 09/22
  • Community
  • Environment
  • Governance


Climate Week is a week of action! Climate Week NYC 2021, which runs from September 20-26, brings together international leaders from business, government, and civil society to showcase the ever-increasing momentum of global climate action. Here in Battery Park City, we demonstrate our dedication to our climate every day through a variety of initiatives.

One year ago we launched Battery Park City’s ten-year Sustainability Plan. Developed in consultation with a broad range of residential, local, and governmental stakeholders, the Plan provides the framework for developing and implementing a carbon neutral Battery Park City by the middle of the century, in keeping with the mandate set forth in New York State’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The BPC Sustainability Plan is centered around four “Topic Areas” (Energy, Water, Materials & Waste, and Site), which are further broken down into broad aspirations and discrete methods for achievement that chart a course toward making Battery Park City a sustainability model. Today we’re highlighting  the “Water” topic area of the Authority’s work.

Mitigating the risks of flooding associated with sea level rise and storm surge from major climate events, like Superstorm Sandy, is the main focus of Battery Park City’s three interrelated resiliency infrastructure projects.

– Work began on the South Battery Park City Resiliency Project in 2020 and is scheduled to conclude in 2024.

– Work began on the BPC Ball Fields & Community Center Resiliency Project in May 2021 and is scheduled to be complete this fall.The combined North / West Battery Park City Resiliency Project will proceed through a progressive design-build effort. Project definition development and environmental review is commencing this year, with a contractor to be selected in early 2022.

Managing stormwater resulting from “everyday storms” is also a vital consideration, and to that end inland stormwater drainage measures are also being incorporated into the Authority’s resiliency projects to address flooding concerns.

Stormwater management best practices include maximizing permeable surfaces and detaining and treating stormwater with green or grey infrastructure (typical systems, usually made of concrete). With increased permeability and green stormwater infrastructure, Battery Park City can improve stormwater management and reduce the potential for localized flooding.

Our 2030 Target

As set forth in the BPC Sustainability Plan, by 2030 Battery Park City will have completed all resiliency infrastructure projects described above, and made nearly half of the neighborhood’s parks and public spaces permeable. This includes a pilot project to test permeable pavement options beginning in 2022.

Read more:

BPC Sustainability Plan: Resiliency and stormwater management

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