OGS defines climate resilience is the capacity of a community, organization, or ecosystem to respond to climate-related disasters or long-term risks by having a plan for recovery, proactively adapting to change, and considering multiple benefits in critical plans, policies, and investments.
OGS is building the State’s climate resilience and meeting our climate adaptation goals. We support agencies and authorities to identify capital projects and programs to reduce risks to agency assets and operations, in accordance with the Climate Action Council’s Scoping Plan and related Executive Orders.
As the agency that provides the backbone to state operations and manages assets totaling 20M square feet of real estate, OGS has the unique opportunity of being able to scale processes and systems that will support the State’s ambitious climate goals.
On July 18, 2019, the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act was signed into law. New York State’s Climate Act is among the most ambitious climate laws in the nation and requires New York to reduce economy-wide greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030 and no less than 85 percent by 2050 from 1990 levels.
The New York State Climate Action Council is a 22-member appointed body that prepared a Scoping Plan to serve as the roadmap to achieve the State’s bold clean energy and climate goals. Follow the link below learn more about the Action Council and to view all recordings, presentation slides, and documents from past council meetings.
In December 2022, the state’s Scoping Plan in response to the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act is the framework for how New York will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and achieve net-zero emissions, increase renewable energy use, and ensure all communities equitably benefit in the clean energy transition.