Northern Manhattan Climate Action Plan (NMCA)


The "Northern Manhattan Climate Change Resilience Project" is a collaborative planning process for ensuring that New York City's response to climate change meets the needs of low-income and other marginalized communities in Northern Manhattan and beyond. In addition to advocating for public policies that reverse the city's legacy and trajectory of socio-economic inequality, participants will work to develop systems of local cooperation that can support social resilience in the face of climate change. 

Over the course of six months, WE ACT for Environmental JusticeGlobal Resilience System, and other project partners,  invited community stakeholders from around New York City, but particularly from Northern Manhattan, to work together on producing a climate action plan for the areas in question. The plan outlines the threat that communities in our area face, along with strategies for environmental and social resilience that can be implemented now to stem the crisis. Participants were asked to do the following: 

  • Participate in a series of scenario planning workshops that identify community needs and opportunities in response to changing temperatures, extreme weather events, and other impacts of climate change;
  • Engage in a dialog about what the impacts of climate change will be at the community level, and work to create cooperative systems that prepare communities for climate change, while building strength and economic power; 
  • Identify opportunities to deliver multiple benefits beyond climate-resilience gains, such as green job opportunities, access to natural resources for public health, recreation, etc., support for local food systems, and more;

In 2014 the environmental justice movement raised more awareness on the issue of climate change than ever before, to boot the city government has set a goal of reducing carbon emissions by 80% by 2050. This is a critical moment in which NY can be transformed into city that supports its valued communities by addressing social and environmental inequality, or the city can disregard their needs and leave them vulnerable to future storms. Please join our effort and have your voice heard in the fight for climate justice. 

Project Partners To-date

The following partners will be supporting this process, including participation at workshops, and the creation and implementation of a climate action report:  

  • The Brotherhood Sistersol
  • Hamilton Heights/West Harlem Community Preservation Organization
  • Harlem Business Alliance
  • Community League of the Heights
  • Corbin Hill Food Project 
  • Manhattan Neighborhood Network Microecologies inc.
  • LSA Family Health Services, Inc.
  • Asociación de Mujeres Progresistas, Inc.
  • Harlem Group Assistance, Inc.
  • Columbia University Center for Climate Systems Research
  • Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Environmental Defense Fund
  • Mount Sinai Hospital Children’s Environmental Health Center
  • Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York-Presbyterian (Columbia University Medical Center)
  • Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
  • The Office of NYC Councilman Mark D. Levine
  • The Office of NYC Councilman Ydanis Rodríguez
  • The Office of NYC Councilman Donovan Richards
  • The New York City Mayor's Office of Sustainability
  • The New York City Mayor's Office of Recovery and Resiliency 
  • Harlem Community Development Corporation
  • NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
  • NYC Department of Environmental Protection
  • Parsons The New School for Design


Aurash Khawarzad
Policy Coordinator at WE ACT for Environmental Justice 
212-961-1000 ext 312,
Louis Bailey
Organizer at WE ACT 
212-961-1000 ext 311,



This project is supported by the Kresge Foundation Environment Program