Government reports

New York City

OneNYC: The Plan for a Strong and Just City

Released in April 2015, OneNYC is a comprehensive plan for a sustainable and resilient city, that builds off of the framework laid in PlaNYC to address social, economic, and environmental issues in New York City.

Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency (SIRR)

In December 2012, the City of New York launched the Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency (SIRR) to address how New York City can rebuild to be more resilient in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. The website provides information on SIRR, including A Stronger, More Resilient New York, published in June 2013.

FEMA Region II: Coastal Analysis and Mapping

Under its Risk MAP Program, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is providing flood hazard information to help communities plan for and reduce the risk from flooding. As part of that effort, FEMA Region II has initiated a coastal flood study to update the information shown on the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for 14 coastal New Jersey counties and New York City.

NYC Department of City Planning: Climate Resiliency

A collection of NYC Department of City Planning documents related to Climate Resiliency in New York City.

State and Federal

FEMA New York Hurricane Sandy

Information on the recovery efforts after Hurricane Sandy, including maps and before-and-after visuals.

Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force

President Barack Obama created the Hurricane Sandy Task Force to ensure region-wide coordination for long-term community rebuilding efforts. The Task Force released a comprehensive Hurricane Rebuilding Strategy in August 2013.

NYS 2100 Commission

The NYS 2100 Commission has been tasked with finding ways to improve the resilience of NY State’s infrastructure in the face of natural disasters and other emergencies. The Commission released its preliminary report, Recommendations to Improve the Strength and Resilience of the Empire State’s Infrastructure, in January 2013.

Non-governmental initiatives

Building Resiliency Task Force Report

Established at the request of the City of New York as part of the City’s response to Hurricane Sandy, the Building Resiliency Task Force was charged with developing recommendations to improve building resiliency and preparedness for future severe weather events.

Post-Sandy Initiative

The Post-Sandy Initiative is a planning and design community response to Hurricane Sandy initiated by the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter and the AIANY’s Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee. In collaboration with a wide range of other professional organizations and concerned individuals, it has been supported by the participation of a variety of local, regional, state, and national public agency participants.

Toward an Informed Rebuilding: Documenting Sandy’s Impacts

Pratt Center documents the impact of Hurricane Sandy through a series of maps focusing on residential areas and Industrial Business Zones devastated by the storm.

Back to Business: The State of Lower Manhattan Four Months After Hurricane Sandy

Downtown Alliance, managers of the Downtown-Lower Manhattan Business Improvement District, documented the recovery efforts of property owners and businesses in Lower Manhattan, providing information on the challenges that businesses face in their recovery.

Recovery Programs

New York City

In addition to RISE : NYC, there are a variety of other City initiatives focused on business recovery and improvements as part of New York City’s CDBG-DR Action Plan and amendments.

Related Con Edison funding opportunities

Small Business Energy Efficiency Programs

Con Edison’s small business energy efficiency programs provide free energy surveys and incentives to fund 70% or more of the costs of equipment upgrades at small businesses. A variety of upgrades are eligible under this program including upgrades to lighting, HVAC systems, thermostats, water pipe insulation and many more.


New York Rising

New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's New York Rising program outlines proposals to strengthen the resilience of key State infrastructure, including utilities, fuel delivery systems, wastewater infrastructure and the New York City subway system. The NY Rising Recovery Resources Center provides information on current State recovery programs.

Related NYSERDA funding opportunities

NY Prize

NY Prize is a statewide $40 million competition designed to encourage communities to build microgrids. Microgrids are self-sustaining energy systems and can operate without relying on other systems. Microgrids bolster the resiliency and reliability of communities using clean energy while offering cost savings.

Combined Heat and Power Acceleration Program

The NYSERDA CHP Acceleration Program provides up to $1.5 million per project for the installation of pre-qualified, pre-engineered CHP systems. All projects undertaken with Acceleration Program funds must site both CHP systems and power supply junction boxes above any anticipated water line during a storm event to ensure the resiliency of the system during emergencies similar to Hurricane Sandy.

Advanced Buildings Program

The Advanced Buildings program is intended to support development and demonstration activities that improve the energy performance of residential or commercial buildings. A variety of technologies are eligible through this program, and additional consideration will be given to technologies that improve energy performance while simultaneously increasing building resiliency and adaptability to potential disruptions in the electric grid.

Related NYPA funding opportunities

Energy Efficiency Innovation Collaborative

The Energy Efficiency Innovation Collaborative (EE-INC), spearheaded by the New York Power Authority (NYPA), invites firms offering market-ready, but not yet widely deployed, energy-saving technologies to participate in a Request for Information (RFI).