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DiNapoli and Stringer Urge SEC to Force Fossil Fuel Companies to Disclose Climate Change Risk

Submitted by Susan Torres on Fri, 2015-04-24 10:57.
More info from fossil fuel companies needed.More info from fossil fuel companies needed.

Last week, State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli and New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer sent a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), calling on the SEC chairman to force fossil fuel companies, “to enhance disclosure of the material risks climate change poses to their business and what steps they are taking to meet those challenges.”


NYLCV Blog | Filed Under: Energy,Statewide | Read More >

Child Safe Products Act Sails Through Assembly

Submitted by Susan Torres on Thu, 2015-04-23 16:12.
One step closer to safer toys.One step closer to safer toys.

We're one step closer to a statewide ban on toxic chemicals in children's products. Last night, on Earth Day, the State Assembly overwhelmingly passed the Child Safe Products Act by a 102-29 vote.


NYLCV Blog | Filed Under: Public Health,Statewide | Read More >

Amount of Small Farms Dwindles Across America

Submitted by Susan Torres on Thu, 2015-04-16 14:57.

According to an analysis by Food and Water Watch, "Communities with more medium- and smaller-sized farms have more shared prosperity, including higher incomes, lower unemployment, and lower income inequality, than communities with larger farms tied to often-distant agribusinesses.”


NYLCV Blog | Filed Under: Open Space,Statewide | Read More >

NYC City Council Approves Two Big Environmental Bills

Submitted by Susan Torres on Thu, 2015-04-16 13:20.
NYLCVEF's petitions for BRT on Staten Island.NYLCVEF's petitions for BRT on Staten Island.

NYLCVEF and NYLCV have been advocating for the expansion of a Bus Rapid Transit system in New York City for months. Today, New York City took the first step in making BRT lines a reality by passing a bill that would require the NYC Department of Transportation to develop a plan for citywide expansion.


NYLCV Blog | Filed Under: Transportation,New York City | Read More >

Could New York Revolutionize the Power Grid?

Submitted by Susan Torres on Wed, 2015-04-15 11:18.
Renewable energy push in New York State.Renewable energy push in New York State.

As Hurricane Sandy drove home all too well, New York State is not ready for extreme weather and rising seas. Power was knocked out for more than 8 million residents, further illustrating how vulnerable our power grid is to climate change.


NYLCV Blog | Filed Under: Energy,Statewide | Read More >

Wood-fired Heating Projects in Mohawk Valley and Adirondacks

Submitted by Susan Torres on Fri, 2015-04-10 13:45.
Cleaner wood burning stoves in the North Country.Cleaner wood burning stoves in the North Country.

Many homes in the Adirondacks use wood burning stoves to heat their homes and water. While it's easy for many people to chop their own wood for the fires, the stoves don't always burn efficiently, leading to air pollution.

Wood pellets are a great alternative energy source to old wood burning stoves. Wood pellets are made from sawdust created during lumber production, and compressed down into pellets that burn hotter and cleaner.


NYLCV Blog | Filed Under: Air,Central & Western NY | Read More >

Update for PlaNYC Expected Soon

Submitted by Susan Torres on Thu, 2015-04-09 16:21.

Earth Day is just around the corner and it could mean big changes in New York City. This year, Mayor Bill de Blasio is using the day to announce his administration's updates for PlaNYC, which must be overhauled every four years.


NYLCV Blog | Filed Under: Energy,New York City | Read More >

Raid of RGGI Funds Bad for New York's Clean Energy Future

Submitted by Susan Torres on Fri, 2015-04-03 11:53.
We support a fully-funded RGGI program.We support a fully-funded RGGI program.

While the budget included some environmental priorities we advocated for, such as clean water funding, NYLCV opposes the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) sweep that was kept in the final version. 


NYLCV Blog | Filed Under: Funding,Statewide | Read More >

Partnership Accomplishes Huge Win for Clean Water

Submitted by Susan Torres on Thu, 2015-04-02 03:00.
Water upgrades coming to New York State.Water upgrades coming to New York State.

The final budget includes $200 million for water infrastructure projects across New York State. We're glad the Governor and Legislature heard your call and took this important first step in the right direction. Every New Yorker should have access to clean water.


NYLCV Blog | Filed Under: Water,Statewide | Read More >

2015 State Budget Finalized

Submitted by Susan Torres on Wed, 2015-04-01 11:22.
Final budget approved!Final budget approved!The state budget negotiations are over, the late-night votes have been tallied, and thanks to thousands of NYLCV members taking action during our March Madness campaign, we secured some major victories for the environment.
NYLCV Blog | Filed Under: Funding,Statewide | Read More >
 

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