The answer: A lot.
Today, the New York League of Conservation Voters – one of the state’s largest environmental organizations – unveiled its 2012-2013 Blueprint for a Greener Long Island. Encompassing dozens of specific policy recommendations, the Blueprint offers step-by-step guidance to help elected officials and policy makers transition to a more sustainable, innovation-based economy.
“A healthy environment and strong economy are the keys to Long Island’s future,” said NYLCV President Marcia Bystryn. “By implementing the recommendations in our Blueprint for a Greener Long Island, local officials can take steps now to help guide Nassau and Suffolk Counties toward a more sustainable future and help improve the local economy for the long haul.”
Developed by NYLCV's Long Island Chapter, the Blueprint for a Greener Long Island sets the bar for progress in five broad areas: sustainable economic development, climate adaptation, natural-resource protection, cleaner energy and water quality. The recommendations in these areas will yield significant environmental benefits while also controlling costs.
NYLCV is the only statewide organization that uses the power of endorsements to hold elected leaders accountable for their environmental track records. Progress on these policy recommendations will factor into NYLCV’s endorsements in local elections next year.