New York League of Conservation Voters
For Immediate Release: November 20, 2018
Contact: Shachar Sharon, firstname.lastname@example.org
NYLCV Celebrates Environmental Progress at Annual Sustainability Event
New York, N.Y. – The New York League of Conservation Voters yesterday held their annual New York City Cocktail Party, an open, non-partisan discussion about sustainability and environmental protection.
The event featured keynote speaker U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer, who discussed the recent Midterm Elections, his priorities for the coming Congressional session, and his environmental priorities. The League honored smart mobility company Lime for their new initiative to fight climate change by becoming the first electric scooter company to make its entire fleet carbon-free. A surprise award was presented to NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos, in recognition of his significant contributions to advancing environmental policies during his seven years of public service.
The event, the first in New York City for NYLCV’s new president, Julie Tighe, was attended by nearly 300 public officials, policymakers, businesspeople, community groups, and grassroots citizens.
Tighe said “We were proud to honor Senator Schumer, Lime, and Commissioner Seggos for their contributions to improving our state environment, in particular the fight against climate change. Thank you to everyone for attending our Cocktail Party! It was a great evening to celebrate our partners and the work we’ve accomplished together. This is a critical time for our leaders to prioritize the environment. We are inspired by the work that has been done and are eager to continue to advocate for environmental progress in the future.”
Senator Schumer has made the environment one of his priorities throughout his career in Congress. Recently, he urged his colleagues to permanently reauthorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which provides critical funding to protect natural areas, water resources and historical sites across New York and the nation. This funding is crucial to maintain environmental health and sustain the conserve the State’s natural resources.
Lime was celebrated for its global initiative Lime Green, which works to replace the use of cars for short-terms travel by supplying communities with dock-free bikes and scooters. These low-emission modes of transportation decrease congestion, reduce pollution and improve air quality. Lime focuses on combating climate change by increasing access to smart and affordable mobility for all communities through shared scooters, bikes, and transit vehicles. One of NYLCV’s top priorities includes embracing new strategies to bolster green transit, including the public transportation system, such as supporting shared bike programs.