We look at the High Line and New York Sustainable Tourism’s Main Attraction.
New York ranked 7th in the Global Green Economy Index, makes it to the top 10 Green Cities of the world. The index looks at the development of green economies in 60 countries and 70 cities world wide.
New York City is the greenest metropolis in the United States. Greenhouse gas emissions are low for a city this size with the population relying heavily on the extensive public transport system. Under the stewardship of Mayor de Blasio, New York incorporated over a thousand bench marked initiatives. Many were written into law, paving the way for an eighty percent reduction in the city’s carbon footprint by 2050.
New York boasts the cleanest air in fifty years. Fourteen percent of the city area is covered in parkland with close to a million trees. New York is a leader in green technology and green building regulations. Six million square feet of reflective rooftops have been added to the urban landscape in recent years.
One of the most impressive urban re-development projects is the High Line – New York Sustainable Tourism’s Main Attraction.
In 1934, as part of the West Side Improvement Project, the High Line rail track transported goods in the industrial district. After 46 years and the rapid expansion of the interstate trucking industry, the last train ran in 1980. Calls for demolition by the property owners were fought in court by railroad enthusiast Peter Obletz. In 1999 the organisation “Friends of the High Line” was founded to advocate for it’s preservation.
By November 2005, after extensive design and development consultation, the City of New York accepted ownership of the High Line.
By 2009, Section 1 (Gansevoort Street to West 20th Street) opened to the public. Taking just 5 years to complete, the third and northernmost section of the park opened.
Sustainability features include:
1) Structure: Converting each section of the High Line from an out-of-use railroad trestle. The landscape took years of planning, community input, and work by some of the City’s most inventive designers.
2) Landscaping: Self-seeded landscapes that grew on the abandoned rail tracks was preserved. The native species of perennials, grasses, shrubs and trees were chosen for their hardiness, sustainability, texture & color variation. Many of the species that originally grew on the High Line’s rail bed are incorporated into the park’s landscape.
3) Watering: A green roof system is designed to allow the plants to retain as much water as possible. Automatic and manual watering systems are installed. Porous pathways contain open joints, so water can drain between planks and water adjacent planting beds. This also reduces the amount of storm water that runs into the sewer system.
4) Composting: On-site composting facilities turns garden waste into compost without the need to add commercial fertilizer.
5) Products: Environmentally sound purchasing through the use of certified cleaning solutions and recycled paper products.
When visiting New York, make sure you visit New York Sustainable Tourism’s Main Attraction.
Other top 10 cities making the Index are:
7. New York