Reuters: Infamous New York island jail could have new, green life

December 20, 2019

A Reuters article quoted NYLPI Senior Staff Attorney Melissa Iachan on the campaign for a Renewable Rikers.  A series of City Council bills would transform the notorious jail into a renewable energy hub. “It’s turning something that has been bleak, may …



QNS: Coalition of environmental and criminal justice advocates unite around Renewable Rikers legislation

December 12, 2019

Photo credit: Max Parrott/QNS QNS Coalition of environmental and criminal justice advocates unite around Renewable Rikers legislation By Max Parrott / Thursday, December 12, 2019 A coalition of environmental justice advocates and criminal justice refor …



Op-Ed: The Energy Behind the Renewable Rikers Vision

December 11, 2019

The Gotham Gazette published an op-ed by Councilmember Costa Constantinides and NYLPI Senior Staff Attorney Melissa Iachan making the case for a Renewable Rikers Island.  The plan would create a solar farm, state-of-the-art wastewater treatment plant, …



Attorney General Schneiderman announces his support for NY Renews progressive reinvestment-focused carbon pricing policy

December 20, 2017

Yesterday at an event sponsored by NY Renews, a coalition of environmental, economic, and social justice organizations and labor, NYLPI Equal Justice Works Fellow Shiva Prakash presented a new and groundbreaking carbon polluter fee and reinvestment pol …



Public News Service quotes Shiva Prakash on state campaign to create grants for community solar in low-income and environmental justice neighborhoods

March 31, 2017

NYLPI, along with community partners, is advocating for an allocation of $23 million in New York’s state budget towards direct grants for community solar in low-income and environmental justice communities. NYLPI’s Equal Justice Works Fellow, Shiva Pra …



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