About Environment New York
Who we are
Environment New York is a statewide, citizen-based environmental advocacy organization. We believe there’s something special about New York — something worth protecting and preserving for future generations. Whether it’s hiking in the wild forested hills of the Catskills, going for a swim in Long Island Sound, or camping along Lake George in the Adirondacks, New York’s natural wonders enrich our lives in countless ways.
Yet the places we love and the environmental values so many of us share are too often threatened by powerful industries, short-sighted politicians and more. Defending our environment requires independent research, tough-minded advocacy and spirited grassroots action.
That’s the idea behind Environment New York. Together with tens of thousands of supporters from all walks of life, we take action that wins tangible results for our environment.
What we do
Funded by supporters like you, we research the challenges confronting New York’s environment and educate the public about what’s at stake. Through our research reports, news conferences, interviews with reporters, op-ed pieces, letters to the editor, and more, we raise awareness of environmental issues and promote sensible solutions. Our canvassers meet people where they are — in public places or door to door — raising awareness, recruiting new supporters and activists, and raising funds to support our work.
When decisions are being made about New York’s environment, our elected officials hear plenty from the gas companies, developers and other powerful interests. We make the case for our environment and help people like you make your voice heard, through petitions, emails, letters, phone calls and more, all delivered to the right people just when it matters most.
Become a member
Join thousands of your friends and neighbors in protecting our air, water and open spaces by becoming a member of Environment New York today.
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Putting your support to work
- Keep New York Safe From Drilling. Our fight to keep dangerous gas drilling out of New York made significant progress this year. The grassroots opposition to drilling that we helped build convinced Gov. Andrew Cuomo to roll back plans to allow drilling in the Catskills. We will continue to fight for our landscapes and water and to keep New York free from drilling.
- Promoting Clean, Renewable energy. When it comes to global warming it's easy to succumb to the gloom and doom pessimism, especially given the anti-environment rhetoric and lack of action in Washington, D.C. Yet there is a way forward, and it starts in states like New York. This year, Environment New York released research highlighting opportunities for offshore wind innovation and energy efficiency and advocated for renewable energy legislation.
- Getting New York Off Oil. The cost of our dependence on oil is out of control and it's putting the health, welfare and security of New York families at risk. This year, Environment New York joined partner organizations and community members to kick off our campaign to move New York past oil and toward clean, renewable energy.