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August 13, 2020

DEC Climate Justice Working Group to Meet

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) 13-member Climate Justice Working Group, established under the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, will hold its initial meeting on August 13 at 3 p.m. ET.

Visit the Climate Justice Working Group to Learn More

Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act

Climate change is a reality. New York is fighting it.

Our future is at stake. That's why New York State is committed to the most aggressive clean energy and climate agenda in the country.

In 2019, we passed the nation-leading Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (Climate Act) to empower every New Yorker to fight climate change at home, at work, and in their communities.

New York's Nation-Leading Climate Targets

  • 85% Reduction in GHG Emissions by 2050
  • 100% Carbon-free Electricity by 2040
  • 70% Renewable Energy by 2030
  • 9,000 MW of Offshore Wind by 2035
  • 3,000 MW of Energy Storage by 2030
  • 6,000 MW of Solar by 2025
  • 22 Million Tons of Carbon Reduction through Energy Efficiency and Electrification

New York’s Climate Act builds on almost a decade of climate leadership by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. Based on the latest climate science, the Climate Act’s targets are among the most rigorous of any major economy in the world. Every New Yorker will play a key role in protecting our communities and ensuring a sustainable future. Together, we will transform New York's economy, create new jobs, and stimulate industry and innovation, while building more resilient communities to benefit, and protect, all New Yorkers.

View the Climate Act Fact Sheet [PDF]

Climate Action Council to Lead the Transition

The New York State Climate Action Council (Council) is a 22-member committee that will prepare a Scoping Plan to achieve the State’s bold clean energy and climate agenda. The Council will also oversee the establishment of sector-specific advisory panels and working groups and will work in consultation with the Climate Justice Working Group and the Environmental Justice Advisory Group.

On June 23, the Department of Environmental Conservation announced the Climate Justice Working Group. See the list of members and learn more about their work on behalf of New York's disadvantaged communities.

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