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In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, which aims to drastically cut greenhouse gas emissions through a rollout of clean energy infrastructure, in 2018. The Long Island Power Authority’s board voted in May 2020 to authorize community choice aggregation, allowing municipalities to decide how they electricity it procures is derived.

Preparing for Climate Change in Eastern Long Island, New York

CURRENT NEWS

State Assembly Approves Suffolk County Water Quality Restoration Act

By Stephen J.Kotz 04/17/24
The State Assembly, by unanimous 147-0 vote on Monday, passed an updated version of the Suffolk County Water Quality Restoration Act, which would raise an estimated $3 billion to $4..
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PSEG Hangs On

By Karl Grossman 04/08/24
“It’s an uphill fight,” said State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. last week about the effort to make the Long Island Power Authority a fully public utility. This, despite the
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LIPA CEO Outlines Utility’s Energy Future

03/20/24
Long Island Power Authority Chief Executive Officer Thomas Falcone, in a briefing with members of the Express News Group’s editorial board on Friday — before announcing his resignation from the
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Governor Hochul and Other Officials Gather at Stony Brook Southampton Campus To ‘Flip the Switch’ on $2 Billion South Fork Wind Project.

By Tom Gogola 03/15/24
It was a literal, if symbolic, flip of the switch — a big switch — at the Stony Brook Southampton campus on Thursday as assorted luminaries from local, state and
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Governor Hochul Announces Completion of South Fork Wind, First Utility-Scale Offshore Wind Farm in the United States

03/14/24
Governor Kathy Hochul today, alongside the United States Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and other elected officials, announced the completion of the landmark South Fork Wind project, with all 12 offshore wind turbines constructed…
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Long Island’s Power Shift: Public Utility Proposal and Environmental Initiatives Unveiled

By Saboor Bayat 03/04/24
Recent proposals have spotlighted a transformative vision for Long Island's energy and environmental future, underscored by a push to make the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) a fully public entity. This change aims at facilitating…
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It’s Full Speed Ahead for Offshore Wind in New York

By Devin Callahan 03/04/24
Governor Kathy Hochul’s recent announcement awarding two offshore wind projects, Empire Wind I and Sunrise Wind, marks a groundbreaking moment for New York’s commitment to renewable energy and fighting climate change.
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Long Island Is Sinking

02/15/24
The bad news about climate comes so frequently these days that it is difficult to remain focused on the existential challenges facing the East Coast. Now there is a new problem to think about: Throughout…
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Lawmakers Hold Environmental Roundtable, A ‘Unique Forum’ On LI

By Lisa Finn 02/08/24
Lawmakers gathered Thursday to discuss the critical issues facing the area's natural environment.
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Opinion: Major oil, gas and coal companies must pay the staggering costs of the climate crisis

By Cate Rogers 01/25/24
January has been a brutal month for Long Island. Torrential rains, strong winds, and high tides have pounded the island on multiple days in what some officials described as the worst storm since Superstorm Sandy.…
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How New Yorkers can save on heating bills with tax credits and incentives

By Chris Kahn 01/22/24
The challenges of heating a home on Long Island are perhaps never more vexing than what Barbara Brennan deals with every morning in her living room. The seating area at the front of her tidy…
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Gov. Kathy Hochul: $5M from state to fight erosion on South Shore

01/22/24
On windswept, storm-ravaged Overlook Beach on Monday, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the state would step in with funding to repair damaged structures and replenish eroded sand in Babylon, Fire Island and Gilgo State Park. Hochul…
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KEY RESOURCES

National Risk Index Data Lookup

09/25/23
Use the form below to look up the risk details for a specific county or Census tract. As you enter information into the form, the form will update and present you with additional input fields.…

Lazy Point Farms

05/24/22
Lazy Point Farms are created to provide the structural, educational, and logistical support needed to advance the future of sugar kelp farming on Long Island. Whether you are an aspiring kelp farmer, an existing shellfish…

What Can and Can’t Be Recycled?

04/21/22
A simple guide to what can and can't be recycled

Organic Soil The Natural Alternative

02/18/22
Long Island Compost has made a name for itself in the organic soil industry by crafting custom blends from natural materials and doing its part to repurpose compost into sustainable substances.

Long Island Green Homes – Long Island Green Homes

07/09/21
Long Island Green Homes is a non-profit collaborative partnership of Long Island Towns, community organizations and Molloy College funded primarily with a grant awarded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority to help…

Become a USGBC-LI Member

06/14/21
Yearly membership is as little as $25 a year for students. Your membership entitles you to discounts, free materials and many opportunities to meet others in the Long Island Green Building community.

Visit this dairy farm turned carbon-neutral Conservancy preserve and office

03/17/21
True to its name, Uplands Farm Sanctuary in Cold Spring Harbor, New York, retains the appearance of an old dairy farm, complete with a silo and open meadows that were once cattle pastures. Today, the…

South Fork

02/15/21
BOEM has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the South Fork Wind Farm and South Fork Export Cable Project. The following documents are available for your viewing.

Why Wind?

08/04/20
The local case for offshore wind energy.

NYSERDA Clean Energy Communities

04/06/20
On August 3, 2016, Governor Cuomo announced the launch of the Clean Energy Communities program, a $16-million initiative to help local governments across the state reduce energy consumption and drive clean energy use in their…

Clean Energy Communities Grants – Remaining Awards

04/06/20
This dashboard provides regularly updated information on the number and amount of remaining grants in each region by community size. Select your region to view the grants available for your community. Grants are available to…

Governor Cuomo Announces 30-Day Amendment to Accelerate Renewable Energy Projects and Drive Economic Growth as Part of Nation-Leading Climate Agenda

02/21/20
Legislation to Create Office of Renewable Energy Permitting Office Will Streamline Process for Environmentally Responsible and Cost-Effective Siting of Large-Scale Renewable Energy Projects Across the State Legislation to Speed Up Progress Towards the State Mandate…

HOW SOLAR-FRIENDLY ARE LONG ISLAND MUNICIPALITIES?

02/06/20
An in-depth evaluation of 19 municipalities and solar policies on Long Island.

New York State Announces First Ever Offshore Wind Energy Awards

07/18/19
Nation-leading Program Sends Powerful Message To Launch Offshore Wind Industry.

Our Forum on Coastal Resiliency on Long Island

12/13/19
On Monday, December 9th, the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund (NYLCVEF) and Stony Brook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) hosted an educational forum on coastal resiliency strategies.

MORE NEWS

Wind is the leading source of renewable energy

By Bonface Landi   09/30/21  
In a SUN DAY Campaign review of energy production and consumption data, as provided by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), it was determined that America was slowly shifting towards renewables. The domestic production and use…
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Queens elected officials sign letter to the governor urging her to stop National Grid rate hikes

By Julia Moro   09/29/21  
Queens elected officials joined others to call on Gov. Kathy Hochul to review the recent decision by the Public Service Commission (PSC), which approved a raise in monthly gas bills for 1.9 million downstate National…
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Army Corps proposes raising 14,000 South Shore homes to avoid flooding

By TRD Staff   09/29/21  
In the race to prevent damage and destruction from the rising tide of climate change, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has a recommendation: raise 14,000 homes along Long Island’s South Shore. The plan is…
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$20 million construction projects aim to protect Nassau County from flooding

09/29/21  
Nassau County Executive Laura Curran was joined by state officials Tuesday in announcing a number of construction initiatives designed to protect thousands of South Shore homes and businesses from storm surge and tidal flooding. The…
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Rep. Maloney Calls on the State to Shut Down Ravenswood Power Plant Smokestack

By Allie Griffin   09/27/21  
Congress Member Carolyn Maloney is calling on state officials to shut down a smokestack at a Long Island City power plant that is the biggest polluting plant in New York. Maloney joined residents of the…
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Congressman Suozzi Hosts Long Island Offshore Wind Supply Chain Conference

By Chris Boyle   09/24/21  
As a committed environmentalist and pro-labor and business advocate, Congressman Tom Suozzi (D – Long Island, Queens) organized a conference with industry leaders from prominent wind energy companies, labor and environmental groups, and local manufacturers…
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Is Long Island ready for wind power?

By Mariana Dominguez   09/23/21  
On Sept. 16, the Bureau of Ocean Management (BOEM), part of the Department of the Interior, held its first of three virtual meetings on the Sunrise Wind Scoping Project. BOEM is taking public comment on…
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During Climate Week, Governor Hochul Announces Opening of Environmental Education and Resiliency Center at Hempstead Lake State Park

09/23/21  
During Climate Week, Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the opening of the $8.3 million Environmental Education and Resiliency Center at Hempstead Lake State Park in Nassau County. The 8,000-square-foot center offers hands-on learning on the…
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LI Labor, Business Leaders Discuss Off Shore Wind Opportunities

By Briana Bonfiglio   09/21/21  
Long Island’s wind farms will create at least 6,800 jobs with annual salaries averaging $100,000.  That’s according to NYSERDA — New York State Energy Research and Development Authority — the state agency overseeing five offshore…
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Leaders look to foster LI as ‘wind supply chain powerhouse’

By Adina Genn   09/02/21  
Leaders on Long Island continue to advocate fostering the region into a “wind supply chain powerhouse.” At an industry conference on Friday at LIU Tilles Center, leaders assembled from government, wind energy companies, labor and…
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Hochul: Climate Change To Blame As Long Island, Connecticut Feel Harsh Effects Of Ida

By Davis Dunavin and Desiree D'Iorio   09/02/21  
Heavy rainfall and flash floods from the remnants of Hurricane Ida brought the Long Island Railroad to a standstill, while parts of Connecticut saw near-record rainfall and widespread outages. New York Governor Kathy Hochul met…
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‘It’s a miracle crop’: the pioneers pushing the powers of seaweed

By Alexandra Talty in Montauk   08/26/21  
Kelp can clean New York’s polluted waters, tackle climate change and is sustainable – but growers need a law change first. Motoring out of Montauk Harbor aboard a research vessel, Sean Barrett waves hello to…
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‘Just a matter of time’: Climate change forecast dire for Long Island

By Matthew Chayes   08/14/21  
Climate change is literally making Long Island shorter. And narrower. Continued erosion is just one of the local impacts of human-caused, greenhouse gas emissions and the consequent shifts in the weather that’s changing the planet,…
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Experts: Long Island could see ‘very strong increase’ of flooding in two decades

By Brianne Ledda   07/23/21  
A new study has predicted more frequent high tide flooding on U.S. coastlines in the mid-2030s, exacerbated by climate change-induced sea-level rise and tidal patterns influenced by the moon’s 18.6-year cycle. Based on this study,…
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Pew and Partners Submit Updated Petition Seeking Immediate Protection for Right Whales

By Peter Baker & Katharine Deuel   07/22/21  
In June 2020, The Pew Charitable Trusts petitioned the secretary of commerce to take emergency action to protect right whales from entanglement by closing high-risk areas to fishing gear with ropes, and since then, the…
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Why is the air quality so bad? Here are some answers

By Matthew Chayes   07/21/21  
Blame fires out West for hazy skies in the East. Here are details on why Long Island's air quality is so bad — and when it’s expected to get better.
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Climate change a “non-issue” in Hamptons despite exceptional vulnerability

By Laura Euler   07/12/21  
Sea levels are rising. Catastrophic storms are increasing. Temperatures are soaring to unprecedented highs.
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LIPA: Green energy to dominate LI electric grid by 2030

By Mark Harrington   07/10/21  
Nearly 70% of Long Island’s electricity will be generated by renewable sources including wind and solar energy by 2030, according to a newly released timeline for meeting state mandates to retire the region's fossil-fuel power…
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LIPA, PSEG reach terms on new contract

By Mark Harrington   06/29/21  
LIPA and PSEG Long Island have reached a tentative contract settlement that would keep the New Jersey-based power service provider in place until at least 2025 while instituting new controls and accountability measures to address…
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New York passes flurry of legislation in wake of frustrations over PSEG Long Island storm performance

By Scott Voorhis   06/25/21  
New York lawmakers earlier this month passed five pieces of legislation that impose new requirements on the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) and its service provider, PSEG Long Island.
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Video Simulation Shows What Empire Wind Project, Off Long Island And N.J., Will Look Like From Shore

By Carolyn Gusoff   06/22/21  
Offshore wind power is coming to New York for the first time, and it would be the largest wind farm in the nation to date.
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Biden’s offshore wind bonanza is coming to New York and New Jersey

By Emily Pontecorvo   06/14/21  
Until recently, it looked like the best chance of climate action from the Biden administration was going to be an infrastructure bill making its way through Congress.
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A new ‘set it-and-forget it’ crop may help LI’s aqua farmers — and its bays, too

By Mark Harrington   05/07/21  
In the murky green shallows of Moriches Bay, Paul McCormick steps from his oyster skiff to walk in knee-deep water to a section of his aqua farm that holds promise for a new industry on…
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Recap: Advancing Wind & Protecting Wildlife Webinar

05/05/21  
On April 21, together with Citizens Campaign for the Environment, we held an event on Advancing Wind and Protecting Wildlife. The event focused on how offshore wind energy projects can be built without causing any…
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Orsted, Eversource pledge $5 million to Stony Brook University for wind-farm research

By Mark Harrington   04/27/21  
The developers of two offshore wind-farm projects slated to provide power to Long Island have pledged $5 million in research funding for a Stony Brook University energy center. Orsted, the Danish energy giant, and its…
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LIPA to consider replacements for PSEG, officials say

By Mark Harrington   04/27/21  
A LIPA task force will recommend that the utility’s board explore two primary alternatives to PSEG managing the Long Island electric grid, including gauging interest from new suitors to replace the embattled company, officials told…
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Wind Farms Will Not Sprout Off South Fork, But Fishermen Are Not Assuaged

By Michael Wright   04/21/21  
The federal government for the first time last week formalized areas of the Atlantic Ocean off Hampton Bays and Westhampton as possible zones for future offshore wind farm development — though the agency said that…
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Architect Wayne Turett’s Greenport home is one of the first passive houses on the North Fork

By Lauren Parker   04/09/21  
Wayne Turett’s modern Greenport house, overlooking North Fork nature and Sterling Harbor Basin, is truly an architect’s home.
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Activists Rally to Support Climate Bills

By Pam Robinson   04/08/21  
Climate change activists took their message to several Long Island legislators on Wednesday, including U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi, D-Huntington.
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State of the Bays? It’s Not Good

By Christopher Walsh   04/07/21  
The effects of climate change are manifesting on Long Island, while excessive nitrogen loading from wastewater poses a material threat both to coastal ecosystems and human health.
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Humans Driving Environmental Plagues, Stony Brook Scientist Says

By Michael Wright   04/06/21  
While humans were ravaged in 2020 by a scourge of the natural world, the natural world on the East End continued to be ravaged by the scourge of humans. In... more 
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Biden administration launches major push to expand offshore wind power

By Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis   03/30/21  
The White House on Monday detailed an ambitious plan to expand wind farms along the East Coast and jump-start the country’s nascent offshore wind industry, saying it hoped to trigger a massive clean-energy effort in…
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Study Shows Huge Solar Potential On Long Island

By Andrea Sears   03/29/21  
 A new study shows Long Island has the potential to generate more electric power than it needs with "low-impact" solar installations.
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Chuck Schumer Stalls Climate Overhaul of Flood Insurance Program

By Christopher Flavelle and Emily Cochrane   03/28/21  
 One of the federal government’s main efforts to push Americans to prepare for climate threats is in question after the Senate majority leader’s office objected to a plan to adjust flood insurance rates.
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LIPA delays report on future direction as PSEG talks continue

By Mark Harrington   03/26/21  
LIPA will delay releasing its much-anticipated report about its future direction, giving PSEG Long Island more time to negotiate a contract that LIPA says must be changed to address storm-response and management shortcomings.
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The Promise of Offshore Wind

By Brittany Gibson   03/24/21  
Wind farms in 42 states provided about 7 percent of U.S. power needs in 2019, a figure that is expected to grow. But offshore wind is the exciting growth area for technology and jobs, as…
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Kelp could be silver bullet in fighting climate change in our oceans

By Bo Evans   03/20/21  
There’s a lot of solutions out there that people like to talk about when it comes to climate change, but one that’s gaining a lot of traction is kelp.
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Guestwords: Aging Energy Infrastructure

By David Posnett   03/17/21  
On the South Fork of Long Island, we all know about yearly brownouts during peak demand for power in the summer. Indeed, energy demand on the South Fork is growing at almost twice the rate…
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Roadmap to a Solar Energy Future on Long Island

By Liz Galst   03/10/21  
As seen from above, the solar carport at the H. Lee Dennison Building in Hauppauge, Long Island, twinkles in the sun. Since 2011, the solar canopies there, laid out in rows above the parking spaces, have…
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Long Island Looks At Competitive Bidding For Energy As A Greener, More Accountable Option

By J.D.Allen   12/22/20  
Suffolk County lawmakers will look in the New Year into creating a digital platform to help town and village governments join and operate pacts to lower energy costs for consumers.
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The Case Of The Vanishing Scallops

12/18/20  
If you jump in your car in Manhattan and drive about 85 miles east out to Long Island, you’ll reach a spot where the island forks into two spits of land, the remains of ancient…
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NYPA focuses on solar and storage in its 10-year plan

By Jean Haggerty   12/11/20  
The New York Power Authority’s board of trustees approved a 10-year strategic plan for decarbonizing New York’s energy infrastructure. Large-scale solar and storage both figure prominently.  
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Marine Rescuers On Long Island Join National Effort To Save Endangered, Cold-Stunned Sea Turtles Washing Ashore In New England

By Carolene Gusoff   12/11/20  
A rescue mission is underway to save hundreds of endangered sea turtles. Kemp’s ridley sea turtles wash ashore up and down New England this time of year. Since there are so many in need, marine…
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Climate Change Is Hitting New York’s Long Island Hard But Some Are Pushing Ideology Aside to Fight It

By Sal Bono   10/21/20  
Just off mainland New York State and containing the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens, Long Island’s geographical location is prime real estate. Its beaches are some of the most desirable in the country, and it…
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Riverhead Hears Solar Farm Concerns

By Beth Young   09/02/20  
The Riverhead Town Board, which is considering a 12-month moratorium on considering solar farm applications after two major projects were proposed in the past year, heard concerns from several residents about the impact the installations…
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Renewable Energy ‘First’: New Solar Lights In Town Parking Lot

By Lisa Finn   09/01/20  
The Amagansett municipal lot is also a location where the town has installed electric car charging stations that are open to the public.
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U.S. Rep Rice, local groups urge DOI to act on New York wind energy areas designation

By Dave Kovaleski   08/31/20  
U.S. Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY), along with lawmakers, environmental and labor leaders, are calling on the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) to designate final Wind Energy Areas in the New York Bight and hold new…
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New York delegation: End offshore-wind delays now

By Gregory Zeller   08/27/20  
Long Island political, environmental and labor leaders are calling on Washington to quit stalling and finally designate a final Wind Energy Area in New York waters.
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Climate Change Affecting More Than Just Humans on Long Island

By Priscila Korb   08/13/20  
Long Islanders have been working to combat climate change, which has been affecting marine and wildlife in the area.
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Lindenhurst OKs contract for improvements to reduce energy costs

By Denise M. Bonilla   08/09/20  
The $5.8 million agreement with Johnson Controls will result in upgrades such as LED lighting and solar panels to more than a dozen village facilities and properties. The global company, which has an office in…
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