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.

Clean Buses for Healthy Niños

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The Mayor Says All School Buses In NYC Will Be Electric By 2035. This Is Monumental. What’s Next?

In October of 2020, the NYC Clean School Bus Coalition officially launched, vowing to fight for the electrification of all NYC school buses. At the launch, the coalition released its 2020–2021 Agenda, w

Expert Insight: Invasive Knotweed

Japanese Knotweed is present everywhere along the Upper Delaware River and its tributaries. Left unmanaged it continues to spread along the river and everywhere it can find suitable conditions all the while crowding out native riparian vegetation leading to habitat loss, soil erosion, and bank destabilization.

Plug It In, NY

We are committed to educating, engaging, and empowering New Yorkers to be effective advocates for the environment. One of our top priorities is reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector, New York’s largest source of emissions. Given that there are nearly 11.5 million vehicles registered in

Conserving Long Island’s Water Source

Improving Long Island’s Water Quality at Home Nitrogen pollution is the biggest water quality issue on Long Island for both surface and groundwater. Nitrogen comes from wastewater, fertilizer, and stormwater runoff. Not only does it leach into groundwater and can cont

Plastic-Free July

Plastic waste is overwhelming our natural spaces, especially our waterways. It is estimated that by mid-century, plastic will outweigh the sea life in our oceans. Plastic does not biodegrade– it breaks down into tiny particles called microplastics. Marine life ingests microplastics and these particles move through the food chain. In fact, you

Green Infrastructure at Home

Green infrastructure, like permeable pavement, rain gardens, bioswales, downspout planters, green roofs, and rain barrels, is crucial to help protect our waterways. Because of these benefits, more and more communities are using green infrastructure to manage rain runoff and snowmelt. 

New York City Climate Action Tracker

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund (NYLCVEF) launched its New York City Climate Action Tracker. This digital tool wi

Our Meet & Greet with Senator Metzger

Together with our Delaware River Watershed partners, we recently held a Meet & Greet featuring State Senator Jen Metzger in Roscoe, NY.  Area community members heard from Senator Metzger about water and land conservation iss

NYC Public Advocate Candidates Discuss Their Green Plans

On Tuesday, NYLCVEF hosted an environmental forum for the New York City Public Advocate special election. Moderated by Politico New York’s Gloria Pazm

Toxic Toys

Children’s products sold in the United States are presumed to be safe by parents but recent studies have proven otherwise. Since 2014, NYLCVEF has worked with its partners to raise awareness about the issue throughout the state and encourage action by state and local governments. In 2014 and 2015, we conducted tests in stores throughou

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 wastewater treatment plants has threatened water quality in the region. The Choose Clean Water Coalition was formed as a coalition of

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

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 ha

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….

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…

With travel, gift giving, and many big meals, the winter holidays are one of the times of the year with the highest rates of personal consumption. Because of this heightened consumption rate, the holidays  are the time when being conscious of sustainable practices will have the greatest total impact. Here are some holiday practices you can take to generate an impact, and others that can help foster a sense of love and consciousness toward the environment.

Are you planning on starting 2018 off with the ever-popular goal of working out more often? If so, we have some tips to help you burn calories while staying environmentally friendly. Working out offers countless benefits to the mind and body, but if you’re not careful, it can cause a detriment to your ecological footprint….

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