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SEE IT: Renderings for Governors Island Climate Solutions Center

Will create 7,000 permanent jobs, $1B in economic impact

October 27, 2022 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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GOVERNORS ISLAND — Mayor Eric Adams and the Trust for Governors Island on Wednesday unveiled the three finalist proposals under consideration as part of the city’s global competition to create a new, state-of-the-art educational and research institution on Governors Island dedicated to researching, developing, and demonstrating equitable urban climate solutions.

As the final phase of this competitive process, finalists announced in December 2021 were invited to respond to a competitive Request for Proposals released in April 2022 as part of Mayor Adams’ “Rebuild, Renew, Reinvent: A Blueprint for NYC’s Economic Recovery.” The winning program and design for a premier educational and research institution as part of the Center for Climate Solutions will be chosen from among the three remaining proposals, summarized anonymously due to the ongoing competitive procurement process.

“Under our administration, New York City will be a global leader in studying and tackling climate change while rapidly growing our green economy – and the Center for Climate Solutions on Governors Island is at the heart of that vision,” said Adams. “These finalist proposals reflect our bold vision for a climate hub that will train and employ the next generation of climate experts, not only creating economic opportunity for New Yorkers but also positioning us at the cutting edge of critical research and at the front of the line to benefit from the big ideas that will emerge from here. I look forward to advancing a project that will surely be a game-changer for this city and the entire world.”

Conceptual rendering of Proposal #1. Credit: Trust for Governors Island

“The Governors Island Center for Climate Solutions could not be more timely as New York City is poised to become the worldwide leader in addressing the crisis of our time,” said Deputy Mayor for Economic and Workforce Development Maria-Torres Springer. “We are thrilled to see these inspiring proposals from the three finalists reflect the city’s ambitions to make New York Harbor the obvious choice for climate education.”

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“As one of our city’s great public places, Governors Island is poised to serve as a visible destination for New Yorkers to research, test, and engage with equitable urban solutions to the climate crisis,” said Clare Newman, president and CEO, Trust for Governors Island. “We’re thrilled to receive three inspiring proposals to anchor a Center for Climate Solutions on Governors Island, which will bring together research, education, training, convening, and public engagement around one of the defining challenges of our time, all while preserving and expanding our open space, cultural, and historic resources. We look forward to working with the Adams administration, responding teams, and New Yorkers as this visionary project comes to life.”

The Center for Climate Solutions is a groundbreaking initiative designed to cement New York City as a global leader in efforts to respond to the climate crisis. On Governors Island, the project will support the research, development, and demonstration of equitable climate solutions for New York City that can be scaled and applied globally.

Conceptual rendering of Proposal #3. Credit: Trust for Governors Island

Through interdisciplinary education, training, and broad public engagement opportunities, the Center will support the growth of green and climate-related jobs driving New York City’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and serve as a national model for growing these sectors. At full build, the Center for Climate Solutions will create 7,000 permanent jobs on Governors Island alone and nearly $1 billion in economic impact for New York City.

Proposals received include several ambitious visions to advance interdisciplinary research focused on urban adaptation, urban environments, public policy, environmental justice, and public health while expanding educational and workforce development opportunities for New Yorkers. The three finalist proposals unveiled today contain a range of research and educational programs, including programs and engagement opportunities for K-12 students; undergraduate and graduate-level programs; adult education and workforce training opportunities in the green and blue jobs sectors; incubators and accelerator spaces for nonprofits and entrepreneurs working in the climate space; and broad public programming, convening, and engagement opportunities for visitors to the Island.

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