New York State (NYS) is taking aggressive steps to curb the increasingly more evident effects of climate change by being a leader in environmental protection and clean energy. NYS is both looking to initiate additional environmental protections to reduce environmental pollution and to utilize renewable energy to decrease its carbon footprint and burden on natural resources.
Governor Cuomo recently passed the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) that calls for an increase in Solar production to 6 gigawats (SolarIndustrymag) by 2025 as well as increasing renewable energy to 70% by 2030. Implementation of this Act alongside an agreement on the nation’s largest offshore windmill project would propel NYS to the forefront of renewable energy.
NYS is also working towards improved environmental protection, which involves the construction industry. Construction processes can create environmental hazards such as stormwater pollution, airborne dust affecting nearby communities, and improper handling and disposal of construction and demolition debris.
NYS and New York City agencies have passed laws and regulations, as well as the development of various best management practices, to ensure Construction projects take environmental impacts into consideration.
If you have any questions concerning how these new regulations may affect your construction projects with regards to issues such as Stormwater Pollution Control, Community Air Monitoring and other Construction related environmental controls, please contact Walden’s environmental experts.
References: Solar Industry Magazine; “Cuomo Signs Historic Renewable Energy Bill into law”-By Betsy Lillian (Solarindustrymag)