Leading on Climate Change & Protecting Our Environment

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Environmental Leadership

"Climate change is a reality, and not to address it is gross negligence by government and irresponsible as citizens." - Governor Cuomo

New Yorkers know firsthand the devastating effects of climate change. Over the past six years, New York State has experienced more extreme weather events than any other time in recent history. Governor Cuomo has taken decisive action to lead the fight against climate change and protect our environment for generations to come.

New York State has banned fracking and is committed to phasing out antiquated, polluting coal plants. The Governor's Clean Energy Standard, the first-ever state clean energy mandate, ensures 50% of electricity consumed will come from renewable energy by 2030.

As the United States now faces an unprecedented reversal of federal climate and energy policy, New York stands ready to work with other regions and states to ensure vital progress on the climate is continued. Governor Cuomo has committed to continue driving New York's environmental leadership and act decisively to oppose any federal action that seeks to roll back progress.

Upholding the Paris Agreement

United States Climate Alliance

In response to the White House's decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, Governor Cuomo, California Governor Brown, and Washington Governor Inslee formed a coalition to convene U.S. states committed to upholding the Paris Accord and taking aggressive action on climate change. The Alliance now includes 15 members.

Offshore Wind Master Plan

Charting a Master Plan for Development

New York is building its blueprint for a new, cleaner future that benefits electricity customers and protects the environment. Coming later this year.

Powering 1.25 Million Homes

Governor Cuomo has committed to develop up to 2.4 gigawatts of offshore wind power in the Atlantic Ocean by 2030. The target area can’t be seen from the Long Island shore and is being done in close collaboration with the community.

Work is Already Underway

The Long Island Power Authority has already approved the South Fork Wind Farm, a 90 megawatt development 30 miles southeast of Montauk.

Fueling a Clean Energy Economy

Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

New York State commits, and Governor Cuomo calls on other RGGI states, to lower the RGGI emissions cap by at least an additional 30 percent below 2020 levels by 2030.

Charge NY

Under Charge NY, New York State is making significant investments to improve the development and use of electric vehicles and the necessary technology and infrastructure.

NY Green Bank

The largest green bank in the U.S. works with partners in the finance community to invest $1 billion in clean energy technologies and projects.


Making Solar Affordable for All New Yorkers

NY-Sun is developing a sustainable, self-sufficient solar industry in the State by incentivizing New Yorkers, businesses, and communities to invest in solar energy.

The Governor’s $1 billion NY-Sun program has grown solar power in New York State by nearly 800% since 2011, and has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 25%.

The program aims to add more than 3 gigawatts of installed solar capacity in the State by 2023, enough solar energy to power 400,000 homes.

Conservation and Stewardship

Environmental Protection Fund

EPF funding in 2018 will continue at the historic level of $300M, investing in programs to conserve natural resources, safeguard public health & revitalize communities. 

Excelsior Conservation Corps

A 10-month residential AmeriCorps program based at Morrisville State College that promotes young adult conservation and environmental education programs.

The Open Space Conservation Plan

From the Adirondacks to the Catskills to Long Island, New York has an abundance of natural resources and exquisite open spaces that we must protect for future generations to enjoy.

No Offshore Drilling in New York's Waters

Voice Your Opposition to Offshore Drilling

Tell the U.S. Department of the Interior you are opposed to offshore drilling off New York's coast.


Stay informed on what Governor Cuomo is doing to preserve our environment for current and future generations of New Yorkers.