NEW YORK - Most elected officials say they are for the environment, but who is making sure what they say is what they do?
The New York League of Conservation Voters is holding members of the New York City Council accountable for their track records through our Environmental Scorecard, which was released today.
NYLCV's 2010-2011 New York City Council Scorecard examines voting and sponsorship records on 11 bills covering green buildings, transportation, sustainable food, waterfronts, clean energy and more. The Scorecard also offers an in-depth, qualitative assessment of City Council Speaker Christine Quinn's approach to sustainability policies.
NYLCV is the only organization that produces an Environmental Scorecard to give an independent assessment of the City Council's performance.
The Scorecard shows that the Council has made tremendous gains on sustainability issues. The average score on NYLCV's 2010-2011 Environmental Scorecard was 90 out of a possible 100. That is up from the average of 68 in NYLCV's previous Environmental Scorecard, which covered 2008 and 2009. The 2010-2011 average was exactly double the average score of 45 back in 2005-2006.
"The current City Council is one of the most, if not the most, pro-environment Councils that has ever served New York," said NYLCV President Marcia Bystryn. "Our Environmental Scorecard reflects the strong environmental leanings of individual Council members, but just as importantly, the willingness of this body to work closely with the executive branch of city government on critical sustainability issues that will benefit the lives of New Yorkers for years to come. Congratulations to the Council and to Speaker Quinn on a job well done."
Click here  to see photos from our press conference, which featured many of the top scorers.
A record number of Council members - 22 - achieved perfect scores. High scores were posted among members of both political parties and across all five boroughs.
The Manhattan delegation scored highest, with a 95 average. Queens ranked second, with 93, followed by Brooklyn with 92, Staten Island with 88 and the Bronx with 76.
NYLCV selected the legislation in the 2010-2011 Environmental Scorecard after extensive consultation with partner organizations in the transportation, environmental justice, faith, conservation, parks and clean-energy communities. Relying heavily on their input, NYLCV drafted an initial list of more than three dozen bills. The final list was pared down to 11 to indicate the highest collective priorities.
To view NYLCV's New York City Council Environmental Scorecard, click here. 
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.