Westchester County and its 45 municipalities have a long history of environmental leadership. Perhaps no other milestone in recent years epitomizes this as much as the Westchester Action Plan for Climate Change and Sustainable Development, which sets a goal of reducing greenhouse gases 20 percent by 2015 and 80 percent by 2020.
In these challenging economic times, it would be too easy to slacken efforts to meet climate goals like this. That's why NYLCV is redoubling our efforts in the county and working toward incremental solutions that will help the environment and economy.
For example, the New York League of Conservation Voters' 2012-2013 “Blueprint for a Greener Westchester County” offers detailed transportation, energy efficiency and planning guidance that will help villages, towns, cities and the county government meet their environmental challenges.
The New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund also has ideas for greening New York State's fourth-largest city in "Blueprint for a Greener Yonkers".
This document offers detailed transportation, energy efficiency and planning guidance that will help the city become more sustainable and economically competitive.
In conjunction with Pace University Law School's Center for Environmental Legal Studies, NYLCVEF has also produced a report tracking Westchester's progress in meeting local climate action goals.
Click here to read the full report, titled "Climate Adaptation and Mitigation: Westchester Responds to the Changing Future."
Westchester Civic Engagement ProgramLeading up to the November 2010 general election, NYLCVEF conducted a nonpartisan “get out the vote campaign” that encouraged Westchester voters to find out candidates’ positions on various issues and empowered them to vote on Election Day. In 2011, a number of important local elections will be taking place around the state, providing opportunities for NYLCVEF to expand its nonpartisan electoral activities and further encourage environmental voters to be active participants in the democratic process.
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