Counties commend the proposed Restore Mother Nature Bond Act
Counties are proud to partner with the State on creating a path to carbon neutrality
Today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo proposed the Restore Mother Nature Bond Act, which will invest $3 billion in projects to reduce flood risk, revitalize habitats, right-size culverts and dams, conserve forest areas, and expand renewable energy, among other initiatives.
This proposal builds on the 2019 Climate Leadership and Community Protection (CLCPA), which set aggressive greenhouse gas emission reduction goals. The CLCPA commits New York State to reducing GHG emissions by 40% from 1990 levels by 2030 and consuming 50% of electricity from renewable resources. Counties will be a key partner with the state in meeting the goals established by this legislation.
Through the Climate Smart Communities and Clean Energy Communities programs, counties are already working to mitigate their environmental impact and save taxpayer dollars. Twenty-six counties have registered as Climate Smart Communities, and 23 are designated Clean Energy Communities. To date, counties have completed over 400 actions to decrease energy use, enhance community resiliency, and adapt to a changing climate.
“Reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for the impact of climate change on our communities will require investment by all levels of government,” said Erie County Executive and NYSAC Climate Resiliency Committee Chairman Mark Poloncarz. “Counties have already invested in hundreds of initiatives to combat climate change, promote resiliency, and protect vulnerable residents. This proposal by Governor Cuomo will bolster our efforts to create a cleaner, greener New York State.”
“Under the leadership of Governor Cuomo, New York State has committed to protecting New Yorkers from extreme weather and the devastating effects of climate change,” said NYSAC Executive Director Stephen Acquario. “We commend the Governor for his continued investment in local climate projects. Counties are proud to partner with the State on creating a path to carbon neutrality.”