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New York City Votes to “Skip the Stuff” in Take-Out Orders

Press ReleaseNew York City
NEW YORK, NY – The New York City Council voted (43-7) today in favor of the “Skip the Stuff” bill (Intro 0559), which would prohibit takeout and delivery services from providing plastic utensils, condiments, or napkins unless explicitly requested by…

Hochul’s State of the State Takes on Climate Change

Press ReleaseNew York
ALBANY, NY – In her 2023 State of the State Address, Governor Hochul announced an ambitious climate-focused agenda that includes establishing a cap-and-invest program with protections for disadvantaged communities; building 800,000 fully sustainable, new housing units with smaller buildings being…

NY’s New Rule Paves the Path for Clean Cars

Press ReleaseNew York
ALBANY, NY – Today, New York State became the latest state to adopt the Advanced Clean Cars II rule, which ensures that by 2035 every new car and truck sold in the state will be zero-emission. This will result in a reduction in harmful greenhouse…

Approval of Scoping Plan Paves Way to Bold Climate Action

Press ReleaseNew York
ALBANY, NY – Today New York’s Climate Action Council voted on a final iteration of the Scoping Plan containing its recommendations for implementing the state’s landmark 2019 Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. The Act tasked the Council with developing…

New York City Council Holds Hearing on “Skip the Stuff” Legislation

Press ReleaseNew York City
NEW YORK — Today, the New York City Council Committee on Consumer and Worker Protection held a public hearing on the proposed “Skip The Stuff” bill (Intro 0559), which would prohibit takeout and delivery services from providing plastic utensils, condiments…

NY Crypto Moratorium Gets Governor’s Signature

Press ReleaseNew York
ALBANY, NY – Today Governor Kathy Hochul signed into law a limited, two-year moratorium on crypto mining operations in New York State. Under the new bill, the Department of Environmental Conservation will also be required to study the environmental impacts…

NYC Climate Week Panel Focused on Climate-Friendly Buildings

Press ReleaseNew York City
NEW YORK, NY – During NYC Climate Week, dozens of New Yorkers attended “Efficiency + Electrification + Affordability: The Recipe for Equitable, Climate-friendly Buildings”. The event included an expert panel that discussed how New York State can lead the way…

Green Banks: Part of Climate Solution & More Resilient Communities

Press ReleaseUnited States, New York City
NEW YORK — The new Inflation Reduction Act is poised to make major investments across the country and in disadvantaged communities to more equitably spur development of green technologies that reduce or avoid climate pollution, according to participants at a…

Codes & Standards Act Heads to Governor Hochul’s Desk

Press ReleaseNew York
Last night the New York State Legislature passed the Advanced Building Codes, Appliances, and Equipment Efficiency Standards Act (S.9405/A.10439), which now goes to Governor Kathy Hochul’s desk for her signature.

Public Service Commission Approves Two Milestone Climate Initiatives

Press ReleaseNew York
ALBANY, NY -- Today the New York Public Service Commission approved a program called Tier 4, which will facilitate the delivery of approximately 3,000 megawatts of clean energy to the nearly 9 million people living in the NYC-metro area. Upon…

NRDC Analysis: Oregon Econ Boost from Build Back Better Act

Press ReleaseOregon
SALEM — A new NRDC analysis shows that the Build Back Better Act, as it currently stands, has the potential to significantly accelerate clean energy investment, economic activity, and job growth in Oregon. The Senate now needs to pass the…

NY Becomes Second State in the Nation to Reduce Plastic Waste in Hotels

Press ReleaseNew York
ALBANY, NY -- Governor Kathy Hochul made New York the second state in the nation to eliminate millions of single-use bottles in hotel rooms. Bill S543/A5082 prohibits hotels and motels with more than 50 rooms from providing single-use plastic toiletry…