Climate Justice Working Group
DEC Climate Justice Working Group to meet Thursday, December 9, 2021
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) 13-member Climate Justice Working Group, established under the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), will hold an informational meeting on Thursday, December 9, 2021. The Climate Justice Working Group is tasked with establishing criteria for identifying disadvantaged communities for the purposes of co-pollutant reductions, greenhouse gas emissions reductions, regulatory impact statements, and the allocation of investments pursuant to the CLCPA.
This informational meeting will not take any official action but include presentations on mapping analysis and will be conducted by teleconference. Members of the public are welcome to listen to the meeting via webcast.
When: Thursday, December 9, at 2 p.m.
Call In: +1-518-549-0500
Access Code: 161 190 1937
This meeting will also be recorded and posted on the Climate Act website within three days, or as soon as practicable.
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.
Working to ensure all New Yorkers are represented in the State’s transition to a cleaner energy future and benefit from investments and opportunities provided by this historic transition
The Climate Justice Working Group is comprised of representatives from Environmental Justice communities statewide, including three members from New York City communities, three members from rural communities, and three members from urban communities in upstate New York, as well as representatives from the State Departments of Environmental Conservation, Health, Labor, and NYSERDA.
The Climate Justice Working Group has an important advisory role in the Climate Action Council process, providing strategic advice for incorporating the needs of disadvantaged communities in the Scoping Plan. The Working Group will consult with the Environmental Justice Advisory Group and ensure that while we move the state toward a carbon neutral economy, all New Yorkers will reap the economic and environmental benefits of our nation-leading transition. The Climate Act requires the state to invest or direct resources in a manner designed to ensure that disadvantaged communities to receive at least 35 percent, with the goal of 40 percent, of overall benefits of spending on:
- Clean energy and energy efficiency programs
- Projects or investments in the areas of housing, workforce development, pollution reduction, low-income energy assistance, energy, transportation, and economic development
Working Group Members
- Eddie Bautista, Executive Director, NYC Environmental Justice Alliance
- Jerrod Bley, Clean Energy Program Director, Adirondack North Country Association
- Dr. Donathan Brown, CEO & Co-Founder, Adirondack Diversity Solutions
- Sonal Jessel, Director of Policy, WEACT for Environmental Justice
- Rahwa Ghirmatzion, Executive Director, PUSH Buffalo
- Amy Klein, CEO, Capital Roots
- Mary Beth McEwen, Interim Executive Director, Cornell Cooperative Extension Of Oneida and Madison Counties
- Abigail McHugh-Grifa, Executive Director, Rochester People’s Climate Coalition
- Elizabeth Yeampierre, Executive Director, UPROSE
New York State agency members are:
- Alanah Keddell-Tuckey, Chair, Interim Director of Environmental Justice, DEC
- Neil Muscatiello, Director, Bureau of Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology, Center for Environmental Health, DOH
- Joseph McNearney, Director of Stakeholder Engagement, DOL
- Christopher Coll, Director of Energy Affordability and Equity Program, NYSERDA