Growing and Greening New York

PlaNYC and the Future of the City

December 11, 2008 - April 22, 2009

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How must New York and New Yorkers change to make a sustainable urban future possible?

Today 8 million New Yorkers daily get up, go out, and live their lives. By the year 2030, there will be a million more people living in New York City. And the city will have undergone a great transformation, becoming cleaner, greener, more responsible, and more robust--if the projections of PlaNYC2030 are correct, and if we take action on them now. Growing and Greening New York: PlaNYC and the Future of the City, makes the complexities of greater environmental sustainability in New York City vivid, compelling, and understandable by bringing environmental concerns to life on an individual, human scale. Organized in terms of a typical day in the life of a New Yorker, the exhibition will explore six essential areas addressed by the Bloomberg Administration’s ambitious five-borough plan for sustainability by 2030: water; transportation; energy; open space; land; and climate change..

Growing and Greening New York considers issues, problems, and challenges facing New York while also documenting solutions proposed by architects, urban planners, scientists, industrial designers, engineers, as well as by non-profit organizations, advocacy groups, and other entities involved in the process. The exhibition features architectural models, interactive displays, diagrams, renderings, photographs, hands-on examples of new materials, videos, and more, many of which have been created expressly for the exhibition


Growing and Greening New York: PlaNYC and the Future of the City is generously funded by the Rockefeller Foundation.

Additional support comes from Con Edison, James G. Dinan and Elizabeth R. Miller, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the Brenner Family Foundation, The Durst Organization, Nixon Peabody LLP, Allison Whipple Rockefeller, Tishman Speyer, Martin J. McLaughlin, Metro Fuel Oil Corporation, Josie Merck and Jim Stevenson, Mark M. Iger, Richard W. von Bargen, and Tap Into the City.
Public programs in conjunction with the exhibition are made possible by a grant from The New York Community Trust.

The Museum thanks exhibition co-chairs James G. Dinan, Hamilton F. Kean, Martin J. McLaughlin, and Allison Whipple Rockefeller for their leadership and generosity.

In-kind support for Growing and Greening New York: PlaNYC and the Future of the City has been provided by Promethean and Amerlux Lighting Solutions, Build it Green!, Green Depot, Herman Miller, The KOHLER Company, Philips Lighting, Promethean, Rowe Fine Furniture, Inc., and 3R Living.

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