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

December 20, 2019

Climate and Energy Justice, Criminal Justice, Environmental Justice, Legislative, Media Coverage, News

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, maybe gray and black, into something with a lot of potential for light and green,” said Melissa Iachan, senior staff attorney at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, a civil rights organization.

The proposals would transform the “literally toxic” island and help “end our addiction to fossil fuel and change the legacy of this island from one of just horror and trauma to one of possibility and clean air and sustainability,” she added.

To read the full article, click below.

Infamous New York island jail could have new, green life

Big Story 10, December 20, 2019 – Ellen Wulfhorst

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