The first-of-its-kind plan will train New Yorkers, particularly those from "environmentally disadvantaged" communities, for positions to combat climate impacts.

The goal is to increase the number of jobs from 133,000 today to nearly 400,000 by 2040. New York City Mayor Eric Adams said on Wednesday, "Climate change is real. We know it every time we see coastal storms. Let's be clear: It's February and you can go outside without a jacket."

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"Green collar" jobs will include building resilience projects and retrofitting multi-story buildings, installing solar panels, electric vehicle charging stations and wind turbines. 

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"Our Green Economy Action Plan will capitalize on the growth of a new kind of industrial revolution, giving New Yorkers the tools they need to build a resilient and prosperous city as well as thrive in our future-focused economy," the Mayor added.

A workforce training facility will be built in every neighbourhood, creating more than 12,000 apprenticeship programs in green building and construction over the next 15 years. A pilot program on Governors Island will train more than 100 people a year for the first two years. 

The plan will create a new "Climate Innovation Center" at the Brooklyn Army Terminal to develop 150 green technology startups and businesses over the next 10 years.The goal is to support 5,000 new permanent jobs and train and educate 2,100 New Yorkers, primarily from the local Sunset Park community.The plans are expected to generate an economic impact of $55 billion.

Developing a "Port of the Future" along the East River in New York City and increasing the city's battery storage capacity. The strategy will also transform nearly 4 acres near JFK airport into the city's largest electric vehicle charging facility. The city already has 65 public EV charging stations, including 12 fast-charging ones. More than 80 EV charging stations will be installed at the Navy Yard, including infrastructure for commercial fleet charging and a dedicated public space reserved for neighboring residents