July 18, 2013
Contact: Dan Hendrick, (212) 361-6350 ext. 206
Progress on range of initiatives,
but more comprehensive vision needed going fowrard
NEW YORK - The New York State Legislature has earned a "B-" grade for its progress on sustainability issues in the 2013 legislative session that ended last month.
Click above to download (.pdf) our 2013 Environmental Progress Report.The New York League of Conservation Voters issued the grade in its 2013 Environmental Progress Report, which was released today.
"The Assembly and Senate made important progress this year, particularly in the areas of local food and public health," said Marcia Bystryn, president of the New York League of Conservation Voters. "But while lawmakers deserve credit for passing discrete pieces of legislation in 2013, there was little appetite for bolder, more comprehensive sustainability initiatives. This will be a key focus of our work in the next legislative session."
NYLCV's 2013 Environmental Progress Report tracks the Legislature's progress on a wide range of legislation, from clean energy and parks, to climate resiliency and sustainable economic growth. NYLCV set the bar for sustainability progress in the 2013 legislative session with our New York State Policy Agenda, which was issued in January.
Along with the overall "B-" grade, the Environmental Progress Report assigned the following grades in each major category: "B+" on public health; "B-" on sustainable economic development; "C+" on clean energy; "B" on climate change and resiliency and "B+" on parks and natural resource protection.
Among the highlights of the session were passage of the Mercury Thermostat Collection Act and the Food Metrics Act, two of the environmental community's highest priorities for the year. Among the lowlights was the failure to extend New York State's Brownfield Tax Credit program, which is set to expire in 2015, and the failure to pass comprehensive solar-energy legislation that would have funded solar installations as well as other clean-energy opportunities across the state.
Click here to download (.pdf) a full copy of NYLCV's 2013 Environmental Progress Report.
The New York League of Conservation Voters (NYLCV) was founded in 1989 as a nonpartisan, policy making and political action organization that works to make environmental protection a top priority with elected officials, decision makers, and voters by evaluating incumbent performance and endorsing and electing environmental leaders to office in New York State.