News Release | Environment America

Just-Passed House Budget Threatens our Health, Our Environment And The Pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

The U.S. House of Representatives just passed a 2018 budget. In response, Environment America D.C. Office Director Anna Aurilio issued the following statement: "The just-passed House budget threatens the health of our environment and our families. In addition to drastic cuts in some of the programs most vital to protecting America's air and water and our families' health. Adding insult to injury, the House budget also included instructions to the House Natural Resources Committee aimed ultimately at allowing drilling in the pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge."

News Release

The College Campus of the Future: Fueled by the 100% Renewable Energy

Today, Environment New York Research and Policy Center, touting the leadership role that colleges and universities must play in the clean energy revolution, unveiled a 10 point plan to guide campuses toward 100 percent renewable energy. Renewable Energy 101: Ten Tools for Moving your Campus to 100% Clean Energy, includes a series of factsheets highlighting 10 key tools to help colleges in New York with building a 100 percent clean, renewable energy system. 

“Colleges and universities across the country are situated to lead the charge in the transition to a 100 percent clean energy future,” said Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York. “Colleges have the ability and the know-how to lead by taking bold steps to shift to clean energy and eliminate pollution from energy use. We hope that the ten point plan laid out in these fact sheets can help.” 

News Release | Environment New York

Advocates thank governors for cutting pollution, urge continued action

Officials and stakeholders from nine northeastern states gathered on Monday, September 25 in Baltimore, Maryland to discuss a new plan to cut pollution from power plants another 30 percent by 2030. The proposal will improve the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), building on its success by further limiting pollution and investing more in energy efficiency and renewable energy. 

The states’ plan stands in stark contrast to actions by the Trump Administration to let polluters off the hook and weaken core national environmental laws. The nine participating states are:  Maryland, Delaware, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine. Five of the states are led by Republican governors, and four by Democrats. Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York, offered the following statement:

News Release | Environment New York

Less Shelter from the Storm

After Hurricanes Harvey and Irma recently pummeled our coasts, Environment New York warned that pending budget proposals from the Trump administration and Congress threaten key programs that protect our communities from storm- related impacts.  The group documented threats to programs that prevent or curb flooding, sewage overflows and leaks from toxic waste sites. Environment New York also called for preventing more global warming-fueled extreme weather in the future.

“We believe in protecting our wetlands as they improve water quality, assist in flood control, provide habitat for birds and fish and only add to the recreational activities available to residents and visitors alike,” said Mayor Kelly B. Decker of Port Jervis, N.Y., in Rep. Maloney’s district.

“If there is any lesson to be learned from these devastating hurricanes, it’s that New York deserves better shelter from the storms,” said Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York. “Rather than protecting our most vulnerable communities, budget proposals on the table in Washington, D.C. right now threaten coastal resiliency, remove protections for flood-absorbing wetlands, neglect funding for stormwater and sewage treatment, and expose more Americans to toxic chemicals,” Leibowitz added.

News Release | Environment New York

Mayor DeBlasio cuts pollution through improved building efficiency

Today, New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio announced new policies that will require building owners to sharply cut emissions of the pollution that causes global warming. The policies will require the 14,500 least efficient buildings in the city to upgrade their energy performance by 2030. These buildings are responsible for almost a quarter of the city’s climate-changing pollution. The city calls it “the most ambitious program of its kind in the nation.” Heather Leibowitz, State Director of Environment New York, issued the following statement praising the step forward:

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