SustainableSolutionsLogoThe 350NYC Sustainable Solutions working group is committed to helping  New Yorker’s reduce their carbon footprint and advocate for solutions to the climate emergency, like community solar, off-shore wind, and other sustainable lifestyle options. In addition, we advocate for city and state policies and legislative actions that will accelerate the transition to a clean renewable energy economy.

Advocacy

100-RENEWABLE-e1428928797706Sustainable NYC, a project of 350NYC, supports the campaign for “100% Renewables by 2030”, being led by the NY Green Education and Legal Fund.  Support the NY State Campaign for 100% Renewables  by 2030!

The big news of 2017 is that we got Cuomo to agree to do a study on how fast to transition to 100% renewable energy. Now the challenge is to get him to do the study right. We have about 20 sponsors of the bill itself and we need your support to increase that number.

Call your state legislators to ask them to sign on as co-sponsors to the NYS 100% by 2030 bill A7497 (Colton) and S 5527 (Hoylman). Assembly switchboard is 518 455-4100; Senate is 518 455-2800

Sign the 100% by 2030 petition  and find out how your organization can sign on in support of this goal.

Campaigns


Small Campaigns  =   Big Change


Switch to Wind NYC

If you are a typical NYC resident, at present only 2% of your electricity comes from renewable sources: the other 98% is from a mixture of oil, gas, coal, hydroelectric and nuclear power.If you live in a house or small/medium apartment building, we suggest that you explore the option of installing solar panels.

However, for New Yorkers who live in larger apartment buildings, the most convenient, sustainable choice is to switch to wind energy through Green Power Purchasing. Whether you rent or own your apartment, every New Yorker who pays their own utility bill has the power to choose a clean, renewable energy. Your choice can make a contribution to solving the climate crisis.

Learn more about how to divest your personal electricity usage from fossil fuels!

350NYC has partnered with Clean Choice Energy to cce-logo (1)help New Yorkers get 100% wind power through their regular electricity bill.  Click here to sign up!

 

Lighting the Way NYC

Be part of a bright idea!  In 2016 350NYC embarked on a project inspired by Green Light New Orleans, that installs energy saving CFL light bulbs free of charge.  In NYC we partnered with a local organization to go one step further, installing free LED lightbulbs in a low-income, senior citizen housing facility.  Our project resulted in energy savings for tenants and lower carbon emissions and a lot of unexpected positive outcomes for the participants.

Education & Sustainable Living

Agriculture, Farming, Food

Animal agriculture is responsible for major environmental impacts on our land, water and air and is responsible for significant carbon emissions. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), 18% of global GHG emissions come from animal agriculture. The same report attributes less than that to industry, transportation and the energy sector. Another report by www.worldwatch.org that incorporates additional sources and methods of calculation, suggests livestock contribution of greater than 51% to global GHG emissions. Irrespective of where we actually lie on this spectrum of contribution from 18% to 51%, we can all agree that the impact is significant.  350NYC does not have an active campaign around sustainable agriculture but we have made it part of our climate education program.

Waste Reduction & Sustainability

“In a 2011 report, the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimated that, in 2007, about 1.6 billion tons of food were wasted. For comparison, about 6 billion tons of food were produced globally that year.

But an aspect of the food-waste issue that has perhaps received less attention is its contribution to global greenhouse-gas emissions. In the same report, the FAO estimated that in 2007, the global carbon footprint of all of this wasted food was about 3.3 billion tons of carbon-dioxide equivalents — that’s 7 percent of all global emissions. To put that into perspective, this is more carbon than most countries emit in a year. In fact, only China and the United States exceeded this amount in nationwide carbon emissions that year.”  (source: Washington Post)

Learn more about how you can reduce waste and become part of the solution.

Sustainable Economics

Energy Conservation

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Meetings

We meet at the New York Society for Ethical Culture at 2 West 64th Street (near Columbus Circle) in Manhattan. Check the calendar to find the next gathering.

Make the Switch to Wind Power

Call 1-800-971-0905 to sign up with our partner, Clean Choice Energy.

Lighting the Way

Donate to 350NYC's LED campaign and cut carbon now!

Our latest Sustainability Project seeks to provide LED lightbulbs for an entire building of low income seniors in NYC. There's no easier path to immediate carbon reduction while also helping our neighbors reduce their electric bills.

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