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Governors Island is now open to the public year-round, every day from 7am-6pm. Ferries run daily from Manhattan, click here to view an updated ferry schedule.

Governors Island is now open to the public year-round, every day from 7am-6pm. Ferries run daily from Manhattan, click here to view an updated ferry schedule.

Climate Solutions

In Sep­tem­ber 2020, May­or Bill de Bla­sio and the Trust for Gov­er­nors Island announced a bold step to address the cli­mate cri­sis and cement New York City’s lead­er­ship in equi­table cli­mate action: to cre­ate a Cen­ter for Cli­mate Solu­tions on Gov­er­nors Island in the heart of New York Har­bor. Ded­i­cat­ed to prepar­ing New York City and cities around the world for cli­mate change, the Cen­ter for Cli­mate Solu­tions will con­cen­trate inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research and inno­va­tion, test­ing and devel­op­ment, and edu­ca­tion and pub­lic engage­ment in a sin­gle phys­i­cal hub.

Envi­sion­ing A Cen­ter for Cli­mate Solutions

New York City has long been on the cut­ting edge of efforts to address the cli­mate cri­sis and devel­op inno­v­a­tive solu­tions that improve the sus­tain­abil­i­ty and resilien­cy of com­mu­ni­ties while pri­or­i­tiz­ing cli­mate jus­tice. Start­ing in New York and cre­at­ing solu­tions for cities around the world, The Cen­ter for Cli­mate Solu­tions on Gov­er­nors Island will advance this work by:

  • Expand­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties for the research and devel­op­ment of solu­tions for resilient and healthy urban neigh­bor­hoods to ready New York City, and cities around the world, for cli­mate change.
  • Attract­ing and grow­ing high qual­i­ty green jobs for New York­ers with a diverse range of back­grounds through a range of edu­ca­tion­al and train­ing opportunities.
  • Cre­at­ing space for New York­ers to learn from, engage with, and play a cen­tral role in cli­mate advo­ca­cy and action.

In 2021, the City of New York and the Trust for Gov­er­nors Island launched a glob­al com­pe­ti­tion to invite uni­ver­si­ties, and research insti­tu­tions to share their vision for how they would pro­gram, build, and oper­ate a pre­mier facil­i­ty to devel­op solu­tions that ready com­mu­ni­ties for cli­mate change and cre­ate cross-sec­toral edu­ca­tion­al pro­grams to sup­port the growth of high-qual­i­ty green jobs in New York City. The cen­ter for cli­mate solu­tions is pro­ject­ed to cre­ate 7,000+ direct new jobs and approx­i­mate­ly $1B in eco­nom­ic impact for New York City, and is envi­sioned to include at full completion:

An anchor academic or research institution

to study the impacts of climate change and bring science, policy, communications, and research under one roof.

A public living laboratory

that enables entrepreneurs and non-profits to test, iterate, and showcase climate solutions in a real-world urban environment and invites New Yorkers to actively engage in climate advocacy and action through programming and the arts.

Space for environmental justice organizations and non-profits

for research, hosting programs and convenings, and connecting with New Yorkers.

​Commercial innovation

that takes an idea from research to scale, supporting small businesses that will transform how we live in a more sustainable manner.

​Dormitories and faculty housing

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

​Convening spaces

that offer opportunities for New Yorkers and visitors to engage in conversations about climate change.

Above images are inspi­ra­tional examples.


Rendering by Urban Design Concepts by WXY architecture + urban design; Illustrative Visualization by bloomimages

Why Gov­er­nors Island?

New York City has long attract­ed the best and bright­est minds, insti­tu­tions and com­pa­nies, and Gov­er­nors Island sits at the cen­ter of it all. With a unique water­front cam­pus envi­ron­ment, award-win­ning park engi­neered for cli­mate change, a grow­ing com­mu­ni­ty of edu­ca­tion­al, non-prof­it, and com­mer­cial ten­ants, and a diverse and engaged audi­ence, Gov­er­nors Island is poised to serve as a hub for cli­mate edu­ca­tion, train­ing, and research.

  • Prox­im­i­ty. Just min­utes by fer­ry from Man­hat­tan and Brook­lyn, Gov­er­nors Island offers imme­di­ate access to New York City’s diverse tal­ent pool, lead­ing insti­tu­tions, busi­ness com­mu­ni­ty, and glob­al networks.
  • The feel­ing of being a world apart. Despite its phys­i­cal prox­im­i­ty, the Island feels like a world away from the noise and sen­so­ry over­load of the city, mak­ing it an ide­al venue for edu­ca­tion, research, col­lab­o­ra­tion, and convening.
  • A Liv­ing Lab­o­ra­to­ry. Gov­er­nors Island is itself an exper­i­ment in cre­at­ing resilient coastal land­scapes with a new 43-acre park designed to address pro­ject­ed sea-lev­el rise and dozens of edu­ca­tion­al and cul­tur­al part­ners engag­ing in these issues, includ­ing the Bil­lion Oys­ter Project, the Cli­mate Muse­um, GrowNYC and more.
  • Flex­i­bil­i­ty. Gov­er­nors Island is home to 1M+ square feet of his­toric build­ings ready for adap­tive reuse and 33 acres of devel­op­ment area that can accom­mo­date new aca­d­e­m­ic, com­mer­cial, con­ven­ing, and cul­tur­al facilities
  • A Built-In Tal­ent Pipeline. Already home to the Urban Assem­bly New York Har­bor School, a pub­lic high school deliv­er­ing career tech­ni­cal edu­ca­tion in mar­itime and envi­ron­men­tal sci­ences, Gov­er­nors Island has part­ner­ships with local pub­lic schools, non-prof­its, insti­tu­tions, and work­force devel­op­ment orga­ni­za­tions ded­i­cat­ed to build­ing the next gen­er­a­tion of tal­ent for grow­ing cli­mate relat­ed fields.
  • A Tru­ly Pub­lic Plat­form. With near­ly 1M vis­i­tors dur­ing a typ­i­cal year and a robust cal­en­dar of free pro­grams span­ning arts, cul­ture, and sci­ence, Gov­er­nors Island is one of New York City’s great pub­lic places with a diverse and engaged audience.

Request for Expressions of Interest: Anchor Educational & Research Institution

In 2021, the Trust and the City New York launched a global competition seeking an anchor university and research institution as part of the Center for Climate Solutions. The submission period is now closed, please stay tuned for updates.