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Environmental Law Committee

The Environmental Law Committee addresses current legal and policy issues related to the regulation of New York City’s environment and natural resources. Through meetings, events, and reports, the committee’s focus spans local environmental issues, such as New York City’s PlaNYC sustainability initiatives, as well as state and national issues which impact New York City’s environment, such as the ongoing debates over hydraulic fracturing and climate change.

Recent Reports

Statement on Rio+20 Outcome Document “The Future We Want” (June 2012) ( PDF )
Subject area: Sustainable Development

Comment to Revised Draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement on the Oil, Gas and Solution Mining Regulation (December 2011)( PDF )
Subject area: Hydrofracking

Comments and proposed initiatives to the Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability for the PlaNYC Update of 2011 (January 2011)( PDF )
Subject area: Environmental Policy

For the full list of committee reports click here

Of Interest

11 Ways to Reform the New York State Brownfield Cleanup Program (February 19, 2015) (PPT)

EVENT RECAP: Leading by Example: State and Local Governments as Catalysts for Action on Climate Change - September 22, 2014 

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Policy Recommendations for New York City's Next Mayor (PDF)

Prior event podcasts

Video: The Environmental and Energy Stakes of the 2012 Elections

Legislative Activity

For more information on the legislative and policy work of the committee, including relevant reports, bill texts and additional advocacy materials, click here.