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Climate Week NYC official events program

The official events program is the primary way for communities and individuals to engage.

The official events program is the guide to all things Climate Week NYC. With over 585 events covering ten themes, organizations hosted, participated and shared their experience. 

The Climate Week NYC events program ran across our ten event themes; Built Environment, Energy, Environmental Justice, Transport, Finance, Sustainable Living, Nature, Policy, Industry and Food. 

Climate Week NYC 2023 event themes 

Built Environment 

Buildings represent nearly 40% of greenhouse gas emissions and a third of global energy demand, which is why it’s crucial to aim for net zero buildings powered by renewable energy. The Built Environment program explores the impact of buildings and infrastructure on climate. These “hard-to-abate” sectors pose the biggest challenge, but also the biggest opportunity, and this program ensures that these challenging industries are addressed.

Topics included, but were not limited to buildings, shipping, heating and cooling, net zero buildings, energy efficiency, and energy demand


The clean energy revolution is here. Responsible for two-thirds of GHG emissions, energy is the largest polluting sector globally. In order to halve global emissions by the next decade, necessary measures and actions must be taken. The Energy program brings together policy and industry experts for global collaboration in the pursuit of a net zero future through a just transition. 

Topics included, but were not limited to, renewable energy, just and equitable transition, clean energy policies, decarbonization, green economic agendas, and zero-emission pledges

Environmental Justice

Racial and socioeconomic justice is key to climate action in every realm. Privilege, power, and oppression play an integral role in deciding who is most impacted by climate change: Black, Brown, Indigenous, People of Color and migrant communities. The Environmental Justice program is a dedicated space to amplify the voices and stories of those who bear the brunt of climate impacts, but have been left out of the decision making. It means learning from and letting the most vulnerable communities lead, and centering environmental justice in all climate conversations. 

Topics included, but were not limited to, Indigenous learning and first nations’ best practices, climate impacts, climate refugees


The transport sector is the fastest-growing contributor to climate change, accounting for a quarter (23%) of global emissions. Electrifying transportation systems can combat climate change and improve air quality. The Transport program examines the benefits in making our transport systems clean and efficient. From developing electric public transport systems to building electric vehicle charging infrastructure, this program showcases how we can scale innovation to build a cleaner, net zero future.

Topics included, but were not limited to, electric vehicles (EVs), zero emission vehicles (ZEVs), public transport, EV policy, air pollution and air quality impacts, and health


The shift to a low carbon economy can spark an economic boost and create millions of jobs which is more important now than ever as countries and cities work to rebuild from the global pandemic. The Finance program focuses on financial opportunities to identify and mitigate climate risks as part of a green recovery. It provides a lens to explore initiatives and roadmaps for the public and private financial sector to tackle climate change and discuss sustainable development.

Topics included, but were not limited to, climate finance, investment, employment opportunities, and green economic recovery

Sustainable Living

Collective individual action and lifestyle shifts can be a dynamic part of climate action. From choosing eco-friendly hotels and fashion to dining in low waste restaurants, we can all be a part of the solution. The Sustainable Living program brings together a diverse array of events to inspire everyone to be an ally to our planet and shares tips on how our day to day can be transformative to ourselves and the environment.

Topics included, but were not limited to, sustainable and zero/low-waste living, sustainable eating, food waste, circular economy, and youth mobilization


From oceans to forests, nature plays an essential role in the wellbeing and livelihoods of all species. The Nature program addresses the importance of preserving and restoring the Earth’s ecosystems and biodiversity. It aims to build a deeper connection between humans and nature and examine our role in building a better natural world for the future.

Topics included, but were not limited to, ecosystems, oceans, ecological conservation, weather patterns, Indigenous best practices, species conservation (plants and animals), and soil quality


Policy is imperative in accelerating and supporting climate action. Policy levers form the framework to influence businesses, states, and individuals to act on climate and accelerate the transition to net zero. From EV tax credits to national manufacturing laws, the Policy program considers policy at all levels – local, state, international.  

Topics included, but were not limited to, national, regional, state, and local policy


Cement and steelmaking are currently some of the biggest emitters of carbon emissions globally, with plastics and aluminum following behind. The Industry program offers the opportunity to discuss how these industries can reduce industrial energy consumption and improve efficiency. A more circular economy can reduce CO2 emissions from these major industry sectors such as plastics, steel, aluminum, and cement by 40% globally.

Topics included, but were not limited to, industrial circular economy, heavy industry such as cement, aluminum and plastic, net zero steel, and manufacturing


The global food system currently contributes to 21-37% of total GHG emissions, and even then, agriculture’s contribution to climate change is underestimated. Land-based ecosystems and regenerative strategies are critical to the climate conversation. The Food program examines how we can cut greenhouse gas emissions from food production and agriculture, and focus on sustainable eating, land restoration, and more.

Topics included, but were not limited to, agriculture, agroforestry and forests, food’s journey, food waste, regenerative farming, Indigenous land management, carbon sequestration, climate-friendly diets, land restoration, conservation, and healthy soils

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