Citizen's Toolkit

Our mission is to educate New Yorkers and help them become engaged and empowered advocates for the environment. The resources listed here can help you learn about environmental issues across the state and take advantage of the ways you can protect environment in your personal life and by getting involved in policy and political processes at the local and state levels. From contacting your representatives to the appropriate avenues to report environmental hazards to how to register to vote, these pages can help you protect the interests that are most important to you. As part of the Citizen’s Toolkit, we also provide weekly “Green Tips” so that you can make sustainable lifestyle choices. In the fight against climate change, every little effort can help to reduce carbon emissions and protect our planet from the worst.

National Pet Day is April 11th, and we’re recognizing the day by rounding up a few ways for you to make your pet care more sustainable.

This week, we’re showing you how to calculate the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) that your activities emit in a year so you can learn where you stand and where there’s room to cut back.

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has swept the globe, leaving many people isolated in their homes indefinitely. Here’s how to freshen up your home to make it more livable, safe, and comfortable.

In recognition of this global observance, we want to share some ways that you can help conserve and protect our water resources.

Held on March 5, 2020, NYLCVEF’s Westchester Clean Energy Summit was a zero-waste event! We learned a lot from this experience and want to share steps that you can take to make your next party, gathering, or business meeting a zero-waste event.  Events of any scale typically produce a significant amount of waste, including uneaten…

Adding plants to your home can beautify your space, improve indoor air quality, and produce a supply of tasty ingredients. We’ve compiled a list of common house plants and key things to know about them.

Creating eco-friendly habits in the workplace is an important step toward lowering one’s environmental impact.

In honor of Black History Month, learn about the concepts that undergird the environmental justice movement, as well as the prominent black thought leaders who have led and are leading the movement.

Recognizing the increasing demand for seafood, it has become even more important for consumers to support sustainable fishing practices. Learn what to consider when buying safe and sustainably caught fish.

Health and environmental advocates today unveiled a report, “Toxic Toys in Westchester County,” detailing the presence of toxic chemicals like mercury and cadmium in children’s toys and products. The dangerous chemicals have been linked to cancer, cognitive impairments, hyperactivity and genetic disorders in children. All of the toys and products tested were purchased in Westchester…

Popular toys and children’s products being sold in Albany County contain toxic chemicals that pose health risks to children, according a new survey.  Researchers found a dozen toys on store shelves containing lead, mercury, arsenic, cadmium and more – toxic chemicals that have been linked to cancers, cognitive impairments and hyperactivity. The report, “Toxic Toys…

Notwithstanding several recent, high-profile capital projects, New York City’s parks as a whole have suffered from public disinvestment for years.  The shortfall is starkest with regard to operation and maintenance; the Parks Department’s operating budget has been cut back for over 40 years, and is now 37% less than in 1961. The city will have…

A major challenge to New York City’s water quality is combined sewer overflows (CSOs), which discharge a mixture of untreated sewage and storm water runoff into our waterways. The city has piloted green infrastructure projects as a more cost-effective way of managing CSOs than traditional gray infrastructure. Green infrastructure also has ancillary quality-of-life benefits and…

The Town of East Hampton has a long record of sustainability leadership, particularly on the issue of open space. But there are many steps the town can take to continue to improve its environmental performance–and the town’s elected leaders will play a critical role in this effort. For this reason, the New York League of…

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