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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Your support. Real results.
- We're keeping New York safe from drilling. In response to fracking’s toxic threat to our health and environment, we mobilized thousands of concerned citizens to stand up to the drillers. The grassroots opposition we’ve built has helped convince Gov. Andrew Cuomo to delay plans for Marcellus Shale gas drilling. Your support helped win a temporary moratorium on drilling, and together, we fended off an attempt to allow drilling near the Delaware.
- We're reducing mercury pollution. Coal-fired power plants will release 90% less mercury pollution into our air and water under new Environmental Protection Agency standards that we supported. This is great news for New York’s families, given mercury’s toxic effects on our kids — and great news for those of us who fish in New York’s lakes and streams.
- We're tackling global warming. Together, we’ve made hard-won progress in the race to protect our children from the worst consequences of global warming. This past June, after more than 3 million Americans, including many New Yorkers, urged President Obama to act on climate, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a rule to limit carbon pollution from power plants — the single largest sources of global warming pollution. We’ll keep tackling global warming with you at our side.
- For more information on our results and the impact your support is having on New York's environment, click here.