New York, NY – This week, New York presented three possible options for strengthening the best regional clean air and climate protection program in the country, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. This program limits dangerous pollution from power plants in New York and across the region – helping to slow the warming of our planet and clean up our air. It also fuels investment in clean energy by making polluters pay to pollute.
A coalition of advocates, health professionals, businesses and local elected officials have been calling for the states to double the strength of the program and cut pollution in half by 2030 from today’s levels. While two of the proposals put forward today would make the program slightly stronger, all three fall short of what needs to happen.
Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York, made the following statement in response:
New York has more solar panels than most major American cities, ranking 7th among dozens of metropolitan areas according to a new report released today by Environment New York Research & Policy Center. Buffalo also made an admirable showing and ranks 34th for total solar panels in the nation.
The report comes as advocates push the state to adopt a 100 percent renewable energy goal, and officials consider ways to expand solar to more residents in New York City.
“By using solar power here in New York City, we can reduce pollution and improve public health for everyday New Yorker,” said Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York. “To realize these benefits, city leaders should continue to embrace a big vision for solar on rooftops throughout the community.”
Monolith Solar, Solarize Albany and Helderberg Community Energy joined climate protection advocates to tour the first solar farm built outside the capital region of Albany, NY. We gathered at the Johnsonville Community Solar Farm to celebrate its grand opening and learn about a new report released by Environment New York Research and Policy Center showcasing how we can double the benefits of reducing power plant pollution and see more projects like this one across New York and the Northeastern region.
“America should be putting cars that burn too much gasoline in the rear-view mirror. Unfortunately, the Trump Administration’s order today is a green light to keep making cars that dirty our air, endanger our health and threaten our children's future.” Heather Leibowitz, Director, Environment New York
America’s colleges and universities are positioned to lead the transition to 100 percent renewable energy, according to a report released today by Environment New York Research & Policy Center. The report stresses that a complete shift to clean, renewable energy is the best way for colleges and universities to achieve their carbon reduction goals and highlights schools across the country that are taking measures to make the transition to renewable energy.