Environmental Justice

Ensuring our fight against climate change leaves no community behind.

New York’s climate plan will ensure that all communities benefit from the State’s investments and actions to implement the climate law, including reducing pollution and creating new jobs and economic opportunities.

The State’s commitment to achieving environmental justice includes active participation from communities historically overburdened by environmental pollution to help advance efforts that ensure New Yorkers benefit from a cleaner environment.

Equitable Treatment of All New Yorkers in Our Fight Against Climate Change

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The Climate Justice Working Group

Comprised of leaders from across the State, the working group is engaging communities statewide to ensure the needs of disadvantaged New Yorkers are met in the State's climate plan.

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Environmental Justice Community Impact Grants

New York State has awarded nearly $12.8 million to local communities and community organizations to support locally driven efforts to combat the impacts of climate change in their communities.

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Helping Disadvantaged Communities Take Action Against Climate Change

Through New York's Climate Smart Communities program, local governments can access free technical assistance and grant opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the changing climate.

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Supporting Clean Energy in Disadvantaged Communities

The Clean Energy Communities program helps local governments reduce their energy use and lower their carbon footprint.

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