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As the reality and effects of climate change can no longer be ignored, the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) isn't about to wait for the federal government to take action. The organization has partnered with Buro Happold on a 10-year sustainability plan for the neighborhood. It was developed in response to Governor Cuomo's efforts to make New York State carbon neutral by 2050, and came about in the wake of public roundtables, pop-ups at public events and in BPCA’s offices, and online surveys.

“Even in the midst of present challenges, it’s imperative that we strengthen our commitment to greater environmental responsibility – the future depends on it” – B.J. Jones, President and CEO, Battery Park City Authority

The sustainability plan's goals are to create more green space, less energy and water use, better air quality, and shared streets. These will be accomplished through water conservation and recycling, deep energy retrofits, greenhouse gas emission and environmental monitoring and reporting, sustainable consumption and building materials, and renewable energy supply and storage. In addition to providing detailed steps towards reaching the goals, the plan lists a series of targets, milestones, actions, and sub-actions that will measure its success.
The sustainability plan is the latest example of Battery Park City's place at forefront of the environmental movement. The neighborhood is home to The Visionaire, New York City's first building to achieve LEED Platinum certification, as well as the LEED certified Riverhouse, Millennium Tower Residences, Tribeca Green, and The Solaire.

Developed by The Albanese Organization | Design by Pelli Clarke Pelli
2- to 5-beds from $1.75M - $6M

70-Little-West-Street-01 All images of The Visionaire via Douglas Elliman
The Visionaire's carefully designed glass walls, recycled and renewable components, Energy Star appliances, renewable electricity, and on-site wastewater and reclamation system were instrumental in its LEED Platinum certification. However, as the luxurious interiors demonstrate, none of this came at the expense of style. Amenities include an outdoor roof garden, indoor pool, fitness center, residents' lounge, children's playroom, and on-site parking.

Developed by Albanese Organization | Design by Pelli Clarke Pelli
2-beds from $7,054 - $7,792/month

20-River-Terrace-01 All images of The Solaire via Albanese Organization
Between its naturally harvested and recycled building materials, photovoltaic panels, high-level humidification and ventilation systems, black water treatment and reuse system, and Energy Star fixtures, it is little wonder The Solaire was chosen for one of the American Institute of Architects' Top Ten Green Awards in 2004. The common areas, which include an attended lobby, fitness center, and children's playroom, come outfitted with occupancy and daylight sensors to further optimize and reduce energy use.

Developed by Site 16/17 Development LLC | Design by Ismael Leyva
2- to 4-beds from $1.9M - $4.35M

2-River-Terrace-02 Interiors via R New York
As a result of Riverhouse's LEED Gold certification, residents enjoy twice-filtered air, filtered water, lower energy bills, and energy-efficient appliances. They also enjoy open city and river views, spacious layouts, flexible floor plans, and amenities like a fitness center, lap pool, bike room, game room, media lounge, pet grooming area, interior courtyard, and outdoor terrace.

Developed by Millennium Group | Design by Handel Architects
1- to 4-beds from $1.9M - $5.85M

30-West-Street-02 Interiors via Core Group
30-West-Street-03 Lounge via Douglas Elliman
Millennium Tower Residences is topped with solar panels and was constructed with local, recyclable materials and a on-site wastewater system. All units receive fresh filtered air and come outfitted with energy-saving appliances. Residents also enjoy floor-to-ceiling windows, high-end finishes, and access to concierge service, a fitness center, a lounge, a children's playroom, a bike room, and valet parking.

Developed by Related Rentals | Design by Robert A.M. Stern Architects

325-North-End-Avenue-01 All images of Tribeca Green via Related Rentals
Tribeca Green was built in 2005 for New Yorkers who want to lead a healthy, eco-conscious life. The living green roof mitigates runoff, and Energy Star-rated appliances and sustainable building practices translate into lower energy costs for residents. Additional perks include a fitness center, access to a neighboring pool, parking garage, and attended lobby.

Battery Park City School - LEED Gold

Developed by NYC Department of Education | Design by Dattner Architects

Battery-Park-City-School-01 Battery Park City School via Vanni Archive
Battery Park City School, also known as PS/IS 276, was one of the first schools to be built under the New York City School Construction Authority’s Green Schools Guide. The kindergarten through eighth grade classrooms are lit with natural light, and environmentally friendly infrastructure features include photovoltaic panels, extensive energy and weather monitoring systems, high-efficiency boilers, extra insulation, and low-flow plumbing fixtures.

Teardrop Park

Developed by Battery Park City Authority | Design by Michael van Valkenburgh Associates

Teardrop-Park-01 Teardrop Park via Michael van Valkenburgh Associates
Located at the north end of Battery Park City, Teardrop Park's design was coordinated with the development of four surrounding residential buildings, created to give urban children a connection to nature, and designed with sustainability as a guiding principle. The 1.8-acre park was designed with organic soils and maintenance regimes that don't depend on pesticides, and treated and recycled greywater from The Solaire (see above) and stormwater runoff supply all the park's irrigation needs. The park was expanded in 2009 and includes three solar mirrors that reflect the sun from the top of a nearby residential building.

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