INTERVIEW: Tweaking the Code, Greening the City | green streets |
The second in a series of five interviews with staffers at the New York City Department of City Planning.

The interviewer interned while pursuing a master’s degree in urban planning. Read the first installment at


This past spring, the New York City Council adopted Zone Green, dozens of pages worth of tweaks to the city’s zoning code that make it easier for property owners and developers to work environmentally friendly features — from rooftop greenhouses to insulated walls — into new and existing buildings throughout the city. Here Monika Jain, project manager of the DCP-led effort and an urban designer with the department’s zoning division, talks about the ambitious overhaul that’s been two years in the making...