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Justicia Climatica: How the Climate & Community Protection Act will Increase Resiliency for New York’s Latinx Communities

April 15, 2019

Hurricane Maria's devastation of Puerto Rico and other coastal communities in 2017 was a sobering reminder that climate change is happening now, and that the impacts hit hardest in low-income communities, communities of color, and communities historically overburdened by an extractive economy built on fossil fuels. For Latinx communities across the United States, the threats of climate change compound existing inequalities, including poverty, discrimination, proximity to environmental hazards, and challenges in immigration status during this malicious current federal administration.

Midway to 2030: Building Resiliency and Equity for a Just Transition

April 18, 2018

On Wednesday, April 18th, the New York City Environmental Justice Alliance released a new report, NYC Climate Justice Agenda 2018 – Midway to 2030: Building Resiliency and Equity for a Just Transition, detailing key strategies for climate change mitigation and adaptation that should be adopted by the City and State to ensure a Just Transition in New York City. The report focuses on four key areas of government action and policy: 1) Extreme Heat and Community Preparedness; 2) Air Quality; 3) Green Infrastructure Equity; and 4) Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency.

Restart Solar: Energizing Environmental Justice Communities

May 5, 2017

New York City has taken the first steps towards a clean energy future by setting a goal of installing 100 megawatts (MW) of solar power on public buildings by 2025. Alongside expected private sector solar installations, this will help reduce our City's carbon emissions and our dependence on fossil fuels.Yet, if the first rounds of solar installations on over 100 public buildings are any indication of the goals of this program, the City is failing to prioritize those communities that are most in need of clean energy infrastructure. The communities that need solar the most are communities that have suffered from disproportionate amounts of environmental pollution. These are New York City's environmental justice communities, which have been hurt first and worst by environmental injustices. It is time to change that paradigm with the City's public solar program.This report was featured in a City Limits op-ed by Virginia Ribot, a climate justice organizer at El Puente and a member of Mothers Out Front: "City Views – City's Public Solar Investments Must Favor Low-Income Communities."

Climate Justice in a State of Emergency: What New York City Can Do

April 20, 2017

NYC Climate Justice Agenda – Climate Justice in a State of Emergency: What New York City Can Do is a roadmap with policy recommendations for how a progressive city can lead the way on environmental and climate issues while challenging the reactionary policies of the Trump administration.

Dirty, Wasteful, and Unsustainable: The Urgent Need to Reform New York City's Commercial Waste System

April 1, 2015

New York City's sprawling commercial waste system performs significantly worse on recycling and efficiency than previously believed. Under an inefficient and ad-hoc arrangement that developed over the past several decades, hundreds of private hauling companies collect waste from restaurants, stores, offices, and other businesses nightly and truck it to dozens of transfer stations and recycling facilities concentrated in a handful of low-income communities of color. This waste is then transferred to long-haul trucks and hauled to landfills as far away as South Carolina. Previously unpublished studies and new data reveal just how chaotic this system is and make clear that fundamental reform is needed if we are to follow through on the City's recently adopted commitment to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 80% by 2050.As recognized by city officials, meeting this ambitious but attainable GHG goal will require rapid and substantial increases in the efficiency of our buildings, power production, transportation, and solid waste systems. In the solid waste sector, there is tremendous need for improvement and the City will fall far short of the progress it needs to make in reducing the environmental and public health impacts of our garbage if it focuses only on residential recycling while ignoring the failures of a larger, highly polluting and inefficient commercial waste system.

Climate Works for All: A Platform for Reducing Emissions, Protecting Our Communities, and Creating Good Jobs for New Yorkers

December 16, 2013

Climate Works for All: A Platform for Reducing Emissions, Protecting Our Communities, and Creating Good Jobs for New Yorkers is an eye-opening report about the potential for creating good jobs making New York City more sustainable and resilient. The report brings together the best analysis, evidence, data, and policy thinking to show how New York City can tackle income inequality and climate change at the same time. It includes ten pragmatic proposals that, if enacted together, would create nearly 40,000 good jobs a year. Those proposals include:Requiring Large-Building Energy-Efficiency RetrofitsReplacing Damaged NYCHA Boilers with Combined Heat and Power Units andRenewable Energy SystemsExpanding the Green Jobs - Green New York Program for NYCInstalling Solar Energy on the Rooftops of NYC's 100 Largest SchoolsReplacing Leaking Natural Gas Lines throughout NYCUpgrading NYC's Energy Distribution Systems by Investing in MicrogridsImproving Flood Protection and Stormwater Management InfrastructureReducing Transportation Emissions by Investing in Increased Bus Rapid Transit andRestoring Cut Train LinesImproving NYC's Public Health System by Investing in Resilient Public HospitalsIncreasing the Efficiency of Commercial Waste Hauling and Recycling Rates