Oct. 30, 2013
Contact: Dan Hendrick, (212) 361-6350 ext. 206
A strong commitment to environmental justice & sustainability
NEW YORK --- The New York League of Conservation Voters, which works to make environmental sustainability a top political and policy priority in New York State, has announced its endorsement of Bill de Blasio
for New York City Mayor.
Throughout his time in public service, de Blasio has been highly committed to connecting environmental justice concerns with environmental sustainability initiatives in New York City. While serving on the City Council, de Blasio introduced or sponsored many pieces of environmental legislation on green buildings, waterways, clean air and energy. However, his record on solid waste was particularly distinguished; he authored legislation to create an electronics waste recycling program and require all schools - public and private - to recycle and was a key supporter of the city's Solid Waste Management Plan to ensure equity in the way New York City manages its solid waste.
If elected, de Blasio has pledged a major focus on energy-efficient retrofits - particularly in the New York City Housing Authority developments - through incentives and the creation of effective financing mechanisms. His other top sustainability goals include making buildings and infrastructure more resilient to severe weather events and implementing new strategies to increase access to healthy food. His desire to ensure that all New Yorkers can benefit from a healthy and greener city is particularly compelling.
"Bill de Blasio is the best candidate in this race to galvanize New Yorkers from all five boroughs around a sustainability agenda focused on fairness and equity," said New York League of Conservation Voters President Marcia Bystryn. "We are confident he will build on the city's recent environmental efforts and expand them in new directions so that all New Yorkers may benefit. We are proud to endorse him for Mayor of New York City."
“It’s an honor to have the support of the New York League of Conservation Voters,” said de Blasio. “We need a stronger, greener, and more sustainable New York that will preserve the city we love for future generations. I look forward to working with the New York League of Conservation Voters to make that a reality.”