We only have until June 10th to pass the CCIA this year. So, NYRenews is having rallies all across the state on Tuesday, May 18th! Now that we are nearing the end of this legislative session, it is crunch time to lift up our champions and build pressure on the major political players left to join us. Find a rally near you!
The Greenidge Plant on Seneca Lake will spew, “hundreds of thousands of tons of carbon dioxide from the plant’s stacks, pump billions of gallons of hot water into a nearby trout stream, and pipe in and burn billions of cubic feet of fracked natural gas.”
Climate Stewards is a new volunteer program through Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County that builds upon the successful models of CCE’s existing Master Gardener and Master Composter volunteer programs. Trainees will learn what is already taking place in Tompkins County to combat climate change, and how, as volunteers, they can help our municipalities implement even more changes.
Leadership of the NYS Assembly and Senate Agriculture committees have recently announced that they hope to pass the Soil Health and Climate Resiliency Act (S4722/AO5386) this session, which ends June 10, 2021. The bill will create a soil health program that will be truly beneficial for New York’s organic farmers and conscious food eaters. Here’s how you can help:
The time for incrementalism is over. We need a managed, equitable, affordable transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy now! Let’s flood the Public Service Commission with comments. Our goal is 5,000 comments by June 4, 2021. Can you join the movement to push for a real plan to phase out gas?
Here’s some opportunities to plug in in the Finger Lakes region (and virtually!)…
Join Clean Heating and Cooling community teams from across New York and the Renewable Heat Now Campaign to learn about the movement for #BuildingElectrification and how you can be a part of it: on a personal, municipal, state and federal levels. Let’s push #HeatPumpsNotPipelines!
Continued investment in a dying industry is putting the financial stability of the teacher’s pension fund at risk.
Teachers must demand that NYSTRS DIVESTS to save their pension and to save the planet. Here’s what you can do…
Join Metro IAF & their partners — BlocPower and the Community Purchasing Alliance — launch a 2-year push to convert congregations & other buildings in NY to clean energy on Earth Day (Thursday, April 22nd) from 11:00am to 11:45am.
As you may know, the Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance (FLTA) is working to secure a National Heritage Area designation for the Finger Lakes. Here’s why it’s important and how you can help.
We learned over the weekend that the Torrey Town Board, despite what they said at their last meeting (about holding a special meeting for Greenidge later in the month), has rather quietly MOVED THE MEETING UP TO APRIL 19TH.
Join NY Renews tonight at 7:00pm for a town hall with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and State Senate Deputy Majority Leader Michael Gianaris to talk about the THRIVE Agenda and the CCIA. And they’ll be spending most of the time taking questions directly from YOU. New Yorkers need a real recovery NOW, at every level of government! Click here for details and to register.
Our utility system is set up to prioritize making money for a small number of wealthy people over us, our homes, our health, and our well-being. Join Alliance for a Green Economy and other members of the New York Energy Democracy Alliance at 6PM on April 8th to learn how we can fight back against the system and demand debt cancellation, energy efficiency, and public power!
While we need to use road salt to keep roadways safe in the ice and snow, the accumulation of salt that washes into waterways has unintended consequences on aquatic life. It also largely contributes to Harmful Algal Blooms, which have been a major problem in the Finger Lakes Region for years. Using this much imported salt is also expensive in terms of both money and carbon emissions. Fortunately, practical alternatives are starting to emerge; namely, salt brine and live-blade plows (which you can learn more about in the article below). Over the course of 2 years testing these alternatives, communities around Lake George cut their salt usage in half, “a drop that maintenance officials say can’t be explained by weather variations”.
The gas-powered leaf blower is responsible for a significant amount of fossil fuel use, as well as noise and air pollution. Our cars and trucks require strict emissions testing and regulation. The 2-stroke engines in gas leaf blowers (GLBs) lacks emission control components, releasing 300 times the levels of hydrocarbons as vehicles on the road. According to the California Air Resources Board, running one for 1 hour is equivalent to the pollutants released by driving a car 1100 miles.