Bank of America, Bezos Earth Fund and NYS Invest $2 Million in Southwest Yonkers Climate Initiative (Municipal HA for the City of Yonkers)

Date Published: 
July 6th, 2022

From the Yonkers Times:

The Bank of America Foundation, Bezos Earth Fund, and New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation all made a major commitment to alleviating climate risks in the Hudson Valley region by sponsoring a neighborhood-centered, solution-based climate resiliency initiative in the environmental justice community of Southwest Yonkers. This marks a historic series of public-private partnerships for Groundwork Hudson Valley.

Bank of America has a major presence in downtown Yonkers and has provided $500,000 over a two-year period to expand and galvanize the Climate Safe Neighborhoods Partnership coordinated by the nonprofit Groundwork Hudson Valley. Through the Groundwork Climate Preparedness and Land Restoration program, made possible with funding from the Bezos Earth Fund, Groundwork Hudson Valley has been awarded $400,000 to utilize nature-based solutions and resilient landscaping to reduce exposure to extreme heat and flooding in The Municipal Housing Authority for the City of Yonkers (MHACY) properties across Yonkers. Joining the movement to tackle climate change at the community level is New York States’ Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC), which awarded MHACY $900,000 to undertake an innovative green infrastructure plan to abate heat islands and flooding at MHACY properties.


Wilson Kimball, President and CEO of MHACY is very grateful to New York State, Bank of America and the Bezos Earth Fund for their vision and commitment to environmental justice. She expressed that, “it is leadership like theirs and at Groundwork Hudson Valley that will help our communities achieve climate resiliency and ensure a more sustainable future.”

Read the Yonkers Times' article "Bank of America, Bezos Earth Fund and NYS Invest $2 Million in Southwest Yonkers Climate Initiative," featuring the Municipal Housing Authority for the City of Yonkers.

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