The here are the first steps that we took ten years ago to make Rochester a Sustainable city.
Phase 1- increase tax base for infrastructure improvements. This step is one of the most controversial plans (that is real and is resisted by most in Rochester) but needs to be done. You need to move from a to a Metropolitan government. Currently the city is home to roughly 217,000 people, but an additional 700,000 + live in the surrounding suburbs of Greece, Ogden, Chili, Brighton, Penfield, Pittsford, and a few more. If you don't roll them all under one tax umbrella, then your denying the city the the ability to spend on infrastructure wisely.
Phase 2- get rid of duplicated jobs and infrastructure to increase efficiency - yes, this means playing hardball and removing all the police chiefs of each suburb, all the fire chiefs, all the the jobs that do not need to exist in multiples once you have a unified metropolitan government.
Phase 3- Increase Green space downtown - by increasing th e green space through vertical living walls, vertical farming, roof top farming, and open a****sable
Phase 4- upgrade the public transportation system to encompass the suburbs, use alternative fuels, add a light rail system, make bikes and walking a priority for the area.
Phase 5- flood the inner loop roadway (not hard to do, just let the river back in) and create a canal, there by giving a water course to the city that can act as an additional cooling feature for those days in the future when heat emergencies occur.
Phase six - the high falls Hydro energy center, using the high falls drop, a energy generating planet using hyrdo, a system could be put in place. This is a natural fit.
Phase 7 - comprehensive food security plan making use of the Rochester Public market as a command and control area for outlying farms in the county.
You can find my map here
Lots to do but together we can do it