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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.

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Stony Brook scientist to face Zeldin for Congress seat

07/16/20  
Nancy Goroff, a Stony Brook scientist, was declared the winner of the NY-1 Democratic primary last week, edging out opponent Perry Gershon by 630 votes. “I am honored to have earned the support of thousands…
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Climate Change Remains A Growing Threat

By Karl Grossman   04/12/20  
A good thing to remember as we enter a new decade is that we’ve waited far too long to take action on climate change,” said Gordian Raacke, executive director of Renewable Energy Long Island. “Now…
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National Grid’s plans are ‘onerously expensive and environmentally detrimental:’ NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer

By Shant Shahrigian   03/11/20  
The government should consider launching a publicly-run energy utility if National Grid can’t help the city and state meet their clean-energy goals, says City Comptroller Scott Stringer.
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Governor Cuomo Announces Launch of $2.5 Million Competition Seeking Israeli Companies to Collaborate on New Clean Energy Technologies

03/06/20  
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the launch of the New York Power Authority-Israel Smart Energy Challenge, a $2.5 million competition to attract Israeli companies with expertise in energy efficiency and clean energy generation to…
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The Original Long Islanders Fight to Save Their Land From a Rising Sea

By Somini Sengupta and Shola Lawal   03/05/20  
A maritime people who once spanned a large swath of the eastern Long Island shore, the Shinnecock Indians have been hemmed into a 1.5-square-mile patch of land on the edge of a brackish bay. Now,…
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Peaker plants face emissions limits

By MARIE J. FRENCH   03/05/20  
PEAKER PLANT RETIREMENT PLANS — POLITICO’s Marie J. French: Several power plants that run on the hottest summer days plan to limit their operations or shut down as new state regulations limiting smog-forming pollutants in…
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LIPA plans to close 2 small power plants in Nassau and Suffolk

By Mark Harrington   03/02/20  
National Grid and LIPA will shutter two small peak-power generators, one in West Babylon and another in Glenwood Landing, this year and next, and may close more depending on the outcome of tax-challenge negotiations with…
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N.Y.’s path to clean energy future must be carbon-free

By Gary Toth   02/29/20  
New York State has been a national leader in setting aggressive clean energy goals. It’s recently enacted the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, or CLCPA, mandating the achievement of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by…
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New York governor proposes renewable energy permitting office to speed projects

By Robert Walton   02/24/20  
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D, has proposed a new Office of Renewable Energy Permitting that would "improve and streamline the process" for permitting large-scale renewable energy projects across the state.
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FERC rules clean energy must pay higher market price in New York

By Nichola Groom   02/21/20  
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday issued a suite of orders that will require subsidized energy storage and renewable power resource providers to meet a price floor in New York state’s capacity market, making…
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Local Clean Energy Transportation Summit Planned

02/20/20  
In his State of State address on January 9, 2020, Governor Andrew Cuomo committed to advancing New York State’s clean transportation sector and expanding its electric vehicle industry.
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In ritzy East Hampton, the biggest hurdle to offshore wind is a single cable

By Danielle Muoio   02/18/20  
It seemed innocuous enough: a gaggle of homeowners in the idyllic East Hampton hamlet of Wainscott circulated a petition opposing a key aspect of the state’s first offshore wind project — the landing spot for…
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Trump aims for New York in latest Salvo against clean energy

02/14/20  
Federal regulators are set to make a decision on New York’s power market that could disrupt the state’s plans to reach its climate goals. The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has scheduled a meeting for…
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Record number of sea turtles rescued on Long Island due to climate change

By Stacey Sager   01/23/20  
A growing climate problem is creating a struggle for survival for endangered sea turtles on Long Island. It's hard not to get too attached to the little turtles, especially after saving their lives.
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5 ways climate has changed on Long Island and beyond

By Edward B. Colby   11/27/19  
Much of the conversation around climate change focuses on the future — but you might be surprised to learn what's happened already. Here's a look at changes we've seen on and around Long Island, New…
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The Tribe that Brought a Damaged Shoreline Back to Life

By Anuradha Varanasi   09/18/19  
On a sunny Monday afternoon in August, the Shinnecock Indian Reservation’s beach in Long Island, New York, resembled one of the postcard-perfect beaches in the nearby Hamptons. Except, there weren’t any sunbathing tourists around. The…
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Climate Change To Raise Sea Levels, Cost Massapequa $49 Million

By Gus Saltonstall   07/30/19  
The advocacy group Center for Climate Integrity predicts that Massapequa will have to spend $49.2 million on seawalls by 2040.
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Here’s How Sweltering Long Island Stands To Get In 2050

By Alex Costello   07/22/19  
Long Island is going to be facing many more days of extreme heat by midcentury, according to a new report released last week.
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Stony Brook researchers hope sugar kelp turns into next specialty crop

By David M. Schwartz   04/30/19  
Bobbing on a boat above the Great Gun Shellfish Co. farm in Moriches Bay, owner Paul McCormick tucked a slice of freshly harvested sugar kelp under a just-shucked oyster and slurped in the combo.
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Covanta and Babylon, N.Y., Extend Partnership Through 2035

By Waste 360 staff   04/24/19  
The new agreement gives Covanta new opportunities for increased metals recovery and revenue sharing.
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Youth Climate Strikes on LI, beyond send environmental message

By Joan Gralla   03/15/19  
Long Island high schoolers alarmed by the rapidity and destructiveness of climate change joined mothers and other activists in Mineola on Friday, one of the numerous Youth Climate Strikes taking place around the country and…
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Babylon Town completes LED replacement for streetlights

By Rachel O'Brien   02/13/19  
The Town of Babylon has replaced its 13,354 streetlights with efficient LED lights, one of the first towns on Long Island to do so. The Town of Southampton completed its streetlight conversion to LED in…
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The Unexpected Upsides of the Hole in Fire Island

By Dan Garisto   10/29/18  
On Long Island, some of the damage done by Superstorm Sandy wound up being an environmental boon. Years later, residents are wondering how to prevent things going back to the way they were.
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LED Lights In The Village Of Great Neck

By Dr. C. J. Abraham   04/07/18  
Babylon is installing LED lights in all 13,250 of its streetlamps, reflecting a shift across Long Island for energy-efficient lighting. The additional advantage of LEDs in Babylon resulted in making the town safer. The projected…
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Long Island town threatens to sue Fannie & Freddie over clean-energy program

By Jonathan Hiskes   07/14/10  
Two years ago, the town of Babylon, N.Y., started Long Island Green Homes, a program that helps residents pay for home-energy improvements through the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) model. It has since enabled some…
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