February 6, 2020 – “We are in the midst of a climate crisis, with rising temperatures and severe storms devastating vulnerable communities around the world. New York has the opportunity to lead the nation on creating a clean energy future. We applaud Mayor de Blasio for expanding and introducing several green energy initiatives in his State of the City address, including realizing green jobs in New York City by creating an offshore wind port in Brooklyn, increasing investment to deploy solar energy citywide, and connecting the city to hydro energy sources with the Champlain Hudson Power Express project. We can’t tackle climate change without tackling transportation – the #1 source of emissions in the state – and de Blasio’s initiative to transition to 100% electric municipal vehicles by 2040 is critical to reducing transportation emissions. New York City is also setting an important standard for reduced plastic consumption by banning the purchase of plastic water bottles by the city. We look forward to working with Mayor de Blasio to reach these goals and establish New York City as a leader in creating a green future,” said Julie Tighe, President of the New York League of Conservation Voters.