Trust For Governors Island Unveils Bold Vision For Climate Solutions Center

With a focus on research, education, and public engagement, center will cement NYC as a leader in climate change action.

Ambitious plan will preserve all existing open space on the Island, expand public access and establish long-term funding stream for its operations. The Trust for Governors Island unveiled plans to develop a center for climate solutions, leveraging Governors Island’s unique environment and waterfront location as a public living laboratory.


The proposed center will provide a central convening spot for researchers, advocates, innovators, and students from around the globe focused on climate change solutions while offering meaningful opportunities for public engagement, bringing hands-on education, programming, and advocacy initiatives around climate and environmental issues directly to New Yorkers. The Trust’s proposal comes as the ongoing pandemic has underscored the need for coordinated, cross-sector planning that centers equity around the world’s most urgent issues. The center is projected to create 8,000 direct new jobs and $1 billion in economic impact for New York City.


The proposal could include:

  • An academic or research anchor institution to study the impacts of climate change to advance related fields, bringing climate science, policy, communications, climate justice initiatives, and solution development under one roof

  • A living laboratory and/or cultural uses that showcase solutions and invite conversations on the environment through public art and programming.

  • The platform for environmental justice organizations and environmental non-profits to research, host programs, and convenings, and connect with New Yorker.

  • Commercial innovation for technological research in the climate field

  • Dormitories to support an academic anchor and create a uniquely immersive community for learning and innovation.

  • Space for convenings that offer opportunities for New Yorkers and visitors alike to engage in conversations about climate change

  • Space for policy, advocacy and programming organizations to engage with the Island’s nearly 1M annual visitors.




Architect and planner: WXY architecture + urban design

Owner and client: The Trust for Governors Island, President & CEO Clare Newman

Friends of Governors Island (formerly the Governors Island Alliance),

Executive Director Merritt Birnbaum

Imagery with courtesy of WXY architecture + urban design/bloomimages

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