Long Island has led the way in open space and farmland preservation, but traffic congestion and urban sprawl continue to present challenges. NYLCV’s Long Island Chapter advocates for better sustainability policies on the local level while encouraging economic growth.
Climate change is not only transforming our world, it’s transforming Long Island. Recent severe storms destroyed our infrastructure, damaged our neighborhoods, and changed our landscape. We must become more resilient to the next storm, but we must also work to mitigate the long-term effects of a changing climate by promoting renewable energy, building efficiency, sustainable transportation, and better solid waste management.
Long Island boasts vibrant natural resources, from national and state parks to renowned beaches to waterways, like the Long Island Sound and Peconic Bay. Yet they are being threatened by development, pollution, and chronic underfunding. We must safeguard and restore them for the next generation.
Finally, we must make sure that we take steps to protect public health. Every Long Islander deserves access to clean air, well-maintained parks for recreation, fresh food from local farms, and protection from toxic chemicals.