Civic Engagement

Through our civic engagement campaigns and programs, the NYLCV Education Fund seeks to empower citizens to be effective advocates for the environment. These programs target discrete communities across New York State and utilize a variety of outreach strategies to encourage citizens to learn about and take action on local conservation issues. During elections, these campaigns provide education about candidates and issues and encourage environmentalists to vote.

East Hampton Environmental Coalition

Since 2011, NYLCVEF has served as a technical partner to the East Hampton Environmental Coalition (EHEC) assisting with the production of a common agenda, a candidate questionnaire and environmental issues forum for candidates running for East Hampton Town Board.   In 2017, NYLCVEF was proud to partner with the following local o

Choose Clean Water Coalition

The Chesapeake Bay Watershed is 64,000 square miles and encompasses parts of six states and the District of Columbia. Pollution from agriculture, stormwater runoff, and waste water treatment plants has threatened water quality in the region. The Choose Clean Water Coalition was formed as a coalition o

Delaware River Watershed Initiative

Amidst concerning news about water quality throughout New York and across the United States, the federal government has passed legislation that will have significant ramifications for one of New York’s most important natural resources: the Delaware River Watershed. The legislation, known as the Delaware River Basin Conservation Act, will provi

NYLCVEF Partners With CLOTH for Green Affordable Housing

In December 2014 and early 2015, NYLCVEF partnered with the Community League of the Heights (CLOTH), a community development corporation in Washington Heights, on a petition to Mayor de Blasio asking him to include green building in his plans for affordable housing and decreasing carbon emissions. Residents of Washington Heights don’t

Toxic Toys

Children’s products sold in the United States are presumed to be safe by parents but recent studies have proven otherwise. Despite bipartisan support in the 2014 and 2015 state legislative sessions, the Child Safe Products Act failed t

NYLCVEF Joins Effort to Protect Long Island Sound

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Pollution is a major concern for Long Island Sound – a fact that is made painfully clear every summer. Lots of people want to enjoy the nice weather by spending time at the beach, but no one wants to hear their beach is closed because there are bacteria from raw sewage swimming in t

NYLCVEF fights for healthy foods

At the Bronx District 15 City Council Candidate Forum on Sustainability last July, it was clear that access to healthy and nutritious food was a key concern for not only the 60 people who turned out to the forum, but also to local leaders and advocates who hav

Yonkers Deserves a Sustainable and Accessible Waterfront!

In the fall of 2012, Yonkers will be electing a mayor and new City Council, and the winning candidates will play a key role in the future of Yonkers' waterfront. NYLCVEF has joined forces with Scenic Hudson and Riverkeeper to educate Yonkers voters

From the Citizen’s Toolkit

On Tuesday, November 8th, voters on the East End of Long Island had an important environmental decision to make on their ballots: whether or not to extend the Community Preservation Fund (CPF) in the five East End towns.

Each year, NYLCV and the NYLCV Education Fund work closely with New York’s leading environmental, public health, conservation, energy, environmental justice, and transportation organizations to identify the state’s most pressing priorities on fighting climate change, conserving land and water, and protecting public health. The result of that effort is our 2017 New York State legislative…

Water issues might not be making as many headlines anymore, but even if your local supply hasn’t made it to the news, you might remain at risk without knowing it. Given the number of contaminants that can make their way into shared or even private wells, you’ll need to make sure your drinking water stays…

The summer heat means more sweat, and by extension more loads of laundry to do. However there a variety of practices other than re-wearing your sweaty gym clothes that can make your laundry practices more sustainable. Wash with Cold Water Studies show that 75% of the total energy-use and carbon emissions associated with your laundry…

Eating locally is easy in the summer, when farm stands seem to be overflowing with fresh fruits, veggies, and leafy greens, so now is the best time to build a seasonal eating habit. Here are some more tips to help you green your diet:

The New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund is pleased to present this 2017 Green Guide as a resource for all candidates running for public office in New York City. This document, released at our Environmental Candidate School, is a one-stop-shop for candidates to learn about new opportunities and approaches to persistent sustainability problems….

Voting is the most powerful way to ensure your leaders represent your values.

Temperatures are finally starting to drop, and we’re welcoming the crisp autumn air. One of the best ways to fully appreciate and experience the beauty of it is to spend time in one of New York State’s parks. Boasting some of the most beautiful nature in America, New York is home to over 200 state…

The 2017 general election will take place on Tuesday, November 7th. The importance of voting goes beyond an obligation to do our civic duty: elections have real consequences. The representatives we choose make decisions on our behalf that have a tangible effect on issues like the environment and our everyday lives. NYLCVEF has compiled a…

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