Urban Innovation & Sustainability

With the nation’s largest municipal markets in energy, waste, water, and transit, New York City offers a living lab for urban technology companies and entrepreneurs.

NYCEDC is accelerating the transformation of urban systems and infrastructure and helping to solve the most pressing sustainability challenges facing NYC and other cities globally. From deploying resiliency technologies to supporting the entrepreneurship ecosystem, learn more below about how we’re making NYC into the world’s model for a smart, sustainable, and resilient city. 

Demonstration Projects

Through funding and hosting a variety of demonstration projects, NYCEDC is developing best practices for overcoming the unique barriers to clean and urban technology deployment in New York City.

  • Lower Manhattan Smart Neighborhood Pilot: The Lower Manhattan Smart Neighborhood pilot will create an integrated, scalable sensor network to support the measurement and analysis of neighborhood conditions, social behavior, and sustainability metrics.

  • Smart Grid Demonstration at Brooklyn Army Terminal: To demonstrate the viability of innovative energy management solutions to the private sector, NYCEDC partnered with Con Edison to develop a Smart Grid installation at the Brooklyn Army Terminal in Sunset Park, including solar and battery storage systems. 

  • Solar Thermal Pilot Program: NYCEDC conducted a Solar Thermal Pilot Program to provide financial assistance to City-based building owners interested in installing solar thermal systems and to better understand the financial, technical and regulatory barriers.

Thought Leadership

  • Green NYC 2025: In partnership with industry leaders and stakeholders, NYCEDC evaluated New York City’s current position in the global cleantech market, identified the highest-potential opportunities, and recommended actions to accelerate local growth. Download the report


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