News Release | Environment New York

Gov. Cuomo issues strong plan to advance renewable energy and tackle carbon pollution

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today an ambitious plan to curb New York state’s carbon emissions by 40 percent by doubling the amount of power it gets from renewable energy to 50 percent, by 2030. The pollution reduction and clean energy targets would be the most ambitious in the nation, matched only by California. The plan comes as the United States Environmental Protection Agency gets ready to release the final Clean Power Plan, the nation’s first limit on global warming pollution from power plants, later this summer.

News Release | Environment New York Research and Policy Center

Climate Action Should Solve the Problem of Airplane Pollution, Not Just Acknowledge It

“Bold action on climate should solve the problem of pollution from airplanes, not just acknowledge it.”  -- Heather Leibowitz, Environment New Yor

News Release | Environment New York Research and Policy Center

Director of Environment New York Joins EPA Regional Administrator and Commissioner for NYC Parks to Mark Progress in EPA-Funded Efforts to Restore Wetlands at Alley Pond

(New York, N.Y.) Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York today joined U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck, Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, the Commissioner for NYC Parks, and Irene Scheid, the Executive Director at the Alley Pond Education Center, to mark progress of EPA-funded work to restore wetlands at Alley Pond, in Douglaston and Flushing, Queens.


News Release | Environment New York Research and Policy Center

Obama administration issues rule to protect more than 55 percent of New York’s streams

NY, New York – More than 28,000 miles of the state’s streams, including those feeding the Hudson River and the Long Island Sound, will gain federal protections under a final rule signed today by top Obama administration officials. The measure restores Clean Water Act safeguards to small streams and headwaters that have been vulnerable to development and pollution for nearly ten years.

"The Long Island Sound, Great Lakes, and Hudson River waters we swim, fish, and boat in are only as clean as the streams that flow into them,” said Heather Leibowitz, Director with Environment New York. “That’s why today’s action is the biggest victory for clean water in a decade.”

News Release | Environment New York

Cuomo Administration Takes Next Step in Making Fracking Ban

Today New York State Department of Environmental Conservation released the long awaiting Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement, an environmental review which lays the groundwork for the statewide fracking ban.

A statement from Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York, follows:

"Governor Cuomo listened carefully to the latest science and the voices of millions of New Yorkers when he decided to permanently protect the water, health, and environment of the Empire State from the documented damage of dirty drilling. This is what true leadership looks like.  

We are looking forward to reviewing the impact statement in greater depth, but it seems to encompass what the governor promised. We welcome this critical step in the process toward finalizing New York’s fracking ban once and for all.”