News Release | Environment New York

Mayor DeBlasio cuts pollution through improved building efficiency

Today, New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio announced new policies that will require building owners to sharply cut emissions of the pollution that causes global warming. The policies will require the 14,500 least efficient buildings in the city to upgrade their energy performance by 2030. These buildings are responsible for almost a quarter of the city’s climate-changing pollution. The city calls it “the most ambitious program of its kind in the nation.” Heather Leibowitz, State Director of Environment New York, issued the following statement praising the step forward:

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New York proposes new regional limit on global warming pollution, but more ambition needed

Today, the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states announced a proposal to cut power plant pollution by at least 30 percent from 2020 to 2030. The proposal would strengthen what is already the best regional clean air and climate protection program in the country, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. This program limits dangerous pollution from power plants in New York and across the region – helping to slow the warming of our planet and clean up our air. It also fuels investment in clean energy by making polluters pay to pollute. Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York, issued the following statement in response:

News Release | Environment New York Research and Policy Center

Ten Years of Progress Positions New York to Take Renewable Energy to the Next Level

Since 2007, New York has seen a 6,548% increase in the amount of electricity it gets from the sun and a 473% increase in wind power production, according to a new report released today by Environment New York Research & Policy Center. The report also highlights advances in the use of energy storage and electric vehicles that will help catalyze the clean energy revolution in New York. At the same time, New York ranked 9th for improvements in electricity energy efficiency programs.   “Every day, we see more evidence that an economy powered by renewable energy is within our reach,” said Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York. “The progress we’ve made in the last decade on renewable energy and technologies like battery storage and electric cars should give New Yorkers the confidence that we can take clean energy to the next level.”

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House Votes to Affirm Climate as a Threat to Security

As the country grapples with the increasing impacts of climate change, today the House voted 234-185 to retain a provision in the National Defense Authorization Act that would require the Department of Defense to study the impacts of climate change on their operations. 

Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York, issued the following statement in response:

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NEW YORKERS FEATURED IN PROJECT HIGHLIGHTING “VOICES FOR 100% RENEWABLE ENERGY"

Today, Environment New York highlighted residents profiled in a national project as leading voices for clean energy. The initiative; Voices for 100% Renewable Energy is an online album with photos, testimonials and videos featuring a wide array of individuals -- from academics, to mayors and other public officials, to community leaders, to business and non-profit leaders – embracing a massive transition to clean energy. 

News Release | Environment New York Research and Policy Center

Campaign launched to educate New York residents about 100 percent renewable energy

Environment New York Research & Policy Center is deploying dozens of door-knockers this summer in a major effort to educate New Yorkers about the prospects for shifting to 100 percent clean, renewable energy. Part of a national campaign to reach more than 1.5 million Americans, outreach staff from our office in New York City will distribute literature to more than 120,000 New Yorkers, reinforcing that America can, and must, transition from dirty fuels to clean sources such as wind and solar. 

News Release | Environment New York

EPA Can’t Protect Our Families and Environment Without Full Funding

Today EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is expected to testify before the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies on the Trump Administration’s proposed 2018 EPA budget, which slashes funding for the agency by 31%. Environment America urges Administrator Pruitt and the Appropriations Subcommittee to consider the devastating effects these cuts would have on our health and environment and calls on the subcommittee to reject this devastating budget and instead to fully fund EPA.

Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York, issued the following statement:

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Environment New York and Environment America Launch Multi-Million Dollar Outreach Effort to Defend our Environment Environment New York

Today, Environment New York and Environment America announced a $7.5 million public education campaign to convince a majority of U.S. senators to stand up for a cleaner, healthier future, and oppose a return to a dirtier, more dangerous past. 

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New Climate and Community Protection Act Out!

Today, the Climate and Community Protection Act of 2017 (A8270) has officially been introduced in the Assembly. The bill makes our state climate pollution reduction and clean energy commitments legally binding across all sectors including energy, buildings, and transportation, setting a path to 100% clean renewable energy by 2050.

Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York, issued the following statement:

News Release | Environment New York

President Trump has got it exactly backwards

“President Trump has got it exactly backwards: there’s no sound economy in our future without a healthy planet.  If national leadership chooses to ignore that reality, then governors and mayors must step in to fill the leadership void to show the world that Americans will do our part to address the climate crisis.”

-- Heather Leibowitz, Environment New York

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