Long Island is on the frontline of climate change. Our coastal communities are threatened by sea-level rise causing flooding and home damage; families are still recovering from the devastation of Superstorm Sandy; and our neighborhoods are overburdened with air pollution from fossil fuels, causing cancers and heart disease.
We need a mass movement of everyday people working together to combat the crisis. In NYS we have the opportunity to lead a transition to a 100% renewable energy economy that invests in communities and workers most impacted by climate change. We at the Long Island Progressive Coalition are fighting for this just transition.
Our work to tackle the climate crisis is two-pronged: pass ambitious legislation to impact larger political systems while working within existing frameworks to expand renewable energy solutions on the ground.
Check out this video to see how we do our work:
We are a member of NY Renews, an unprecedented statewide coalition of 140+ organizations fighting for climate policies grounded in equity and justice for communities and working people. We are community-based organizations, environmental justice groups, labor unions, faith-based organizations and other advocates working together to ensure New York achieves ambitious and far-reaching climate solutions.
NY Renews’ ambitious legislative platform calls for
- New York State to commit to climate sustainability with a binding goal of 80% emissions reductions by 2050 and a path toward 100% clean, renewable energy.
- New York State to dedicate 40% or more of climate investment to environmental justice and low-income communities.
- The creation of good local jobs in clean energy and protections for workers impacted by the current transition.
- New York to create an ambitious program to transition the state to a 100% clean energy economy by holding corporate polluters accountable for their damage to our air, water, and climate.
Community solar can refer to both community-owned projects as well as third party-owned systems whose electricity is shared by a community. The purpose of community solar is to provide members of a community access to the benefits of solar power even if they cannot install solar panels on their own property. Community solar projects can take several forms, from community group purchasing, off-site shared solar, or on-site shared arrays. The graphic below illustrates the various ways community solar can be implemented:
Our work in community solar currently focuses on community group purchasing with houses of worship and other nonprofit organizations on Long Island through PowerUp Solar. This work is part of a larger movement to democratize our energy systems. Energy democracy means centering community ownership, decision-making, and equity at the heart of a renewable energy economy.
“Energy democracy presents a response to the global energy war and joins the environmental and climate movements with broader movements for social and economic change. Energy democracy is a way to frame the international struggle of working people, low income communities, and communities of color to take control of energy resources from the energy establishment and use those resources to empower their communities — literally providing energy, economically, and politically.” – Energy Democracy: Advancing Equity In Clean Energy Solutions, Edited by Denise Fairchild and Al Weinrub
Contact our Sustainability Organizer at Rmadden@lipc.org or 516-541-1006 x 13 to learn more about these campaigns & get involved! You can also fill out our NY Renews Campaign Pledge to sign up for volunteer opportunities.