New NYLPI Report: New Yorkers Pay the Price for Peaker Plants Emissions

May 7, 2020

Today, NYLPI released a new report revealing that New York City residents, through their electric bills, have paid more than $4.5 billion over the past decade to owners of power plants that emit high levels of harmful pollutants in communities of color …



NYLPI Hosts Virtual Town Hall on Campaign to #SaveOurCompost

May 6, 2020

NYLPI hosted a virtual town hall with over 1,000 participants on the urgent need to save organic waste recycling in New York City, which would be eliminated in the Mayor’s proposed budget. Panelists from the #SaveOurCompost campaign highlighted the urg …



NYLPI Gotham Gazette Op-Ed: NYC Must Save Recycling and Composting Programs

April 16, 2020

NYLPI’s Director of Organizing and Strategic Research Justin Wood is featured in the Gotham Gazette with a piece on importance of saving New York City’s composting program for food scraps and other organics waste. The City’s organics recycling program …



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, …



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