NYLCV applauds Mayor Adams for funding aspects of PlaNYC, the citywide curbside composting program, EV infrastructure, and climate education.
The New York League of Conservation Voters applauds Mayor Adams for funding aspects of PlaNYC, such as public solar and a low-emissions zone pilot program, as well as a citywide curbside organics composting program in his executive budget. Investing in PlaNYC, the City’s strategic climate plan, is critical to the City’s efforts to mitigate the impacts of climate change and build more resilient communities. And a citywide curbside organics composting program – one of NYLCV’s top priorities – will help reduce organic waste from landfills and lower greenhouse gas emissions. With economic headwinds and fiscal constraints to contend with, the fact that these initiatives received new funding demonstrates their importance to protecting our environment and addressing the increasingly urgent climate crisis.
We are also pleased with the mayor’s commitment to expanding EV infrastructure and providing climate education for all grades.
While the City is committing to funding tree risk management, park trails, and a training program for climbers and pruners, we are disappointed that the Department of Parks and Recreation, the Department of Sanitation, the Department of Transportation, and Department of Environmental Protection–four agencies on the front lines of the climate fight–are not receiving the funding they need to fully carry out their missions. It’s a missed opportunity and we will continue to advocate for more resources to be dedicated to these areas, including moving closer to achieving 1% funding for parks.
We look forward to continuing to work with Mayor Adams and the City Council to enact smart environmental policies that will create a more sustainable, more resilient New York City.
About the New York League of Conservation Voters
The New York League of Conservation Voters is the only non-partisan, statewide environmental organization in New York that takes a pragmatic approach to fight for clean water, healthy air, renewable energy, and open space. For thirty years, NYLCV has worked to lobby state and local governments on environmental policy, provide objective information to the public, and hold elected officials accountable. For more information, visit www.nylcv.org.