Volume 8, Issue 4

Happy Earth Week! We have a lot of exciting news, including the release of our latest NYC Climate Justice Agenda, a promising update for waste equity, and important information as we gear up to March in DC for Climate, Jobs, and Justice at the People's Climate March. 

Hot off the presses! NYC-EJA has just released  NYC Climate Justice Agenda - Climate Justice in a State of Emergency: What New York City Can Do. The report is a pragmatic roadmap with specific policy recommendations for how a progressive city can lead the way on environmental and climate issues while challenging the reactionary policies of the Trump administration. The report proposed specific policy recommendations for the following items:
  1. Urban heat island mitigation
  2. Food system resiliency
  3. Renewable energy and energy resiliency
  4. Air quality and low-emission zones
  5. Coastal resiliency
  6. Community engagement
These recommendations are critical to begin to reduce the vulnerabilities of low-income communities and communities of color to climate change impacts.
The Hamilton Avenue MTS, via City Limits
We have exciting developments to report in our longstanding fight for waste equity. This week, the NYC Department of Sanitation negotiated a contract with Waste Management to shift the residential waste currently handled by truck-based transfer stations in North Brooklyn and Sunset Park, to the new Hamilton Avenue and Southwest Brooklyn marine transfer stations.  

This shift will help relieve the disproportionate burden of garbage trucks and diesel exhaust from low-income communities and communities of color. The opening of the Hamilton Avenue facility later this year will divert nearly 200 collection trucks per day from saturated communities. The Southwest Brooklyn Marine Transfer Station will further environmental justice for communities in North Brooklyn that have long suffered.  

To read more about this victory, read our joint op-ed with Councilmember Reynoso from North Brooklyn, and Elizabeth Yeampierre, Executive Director of UPROSE here.

We're just a little over a week away from the April 29th 2017 Peoples Climate March in DC! Join NYC-EJA and our allies to March for Climate, Jobs and Justice.

NYC-EJA members will be sending six buses. New Yorkers, we need you to get down to DC to show the current administration that we will not rest until we transform our unjust, polluting and extractive system to a fair, renewable, and regenerative economy! 

Former NYC-EJA Board Member Mathy Stanislaus (middle) receives an award from Energy Planer Kartik Amarnath (left) and Executive Director Eddie Bautista (right)
Our 25th Anniversary Gala earlier this month was a huge success! Thanks to everyone who supported our fundraising efforts and made the night memorable. This epic event commemorated the contributions to and the achievements of the environmental justice movement in New York City over the last 25 years.  Pictures to come soon!
Be sure to check for more exciting news from NYC-EJA on our  website and in future newsletters! And if you like what you read, please consider making a tax-exempt donation to support our work. 
Eddie Bautista 
Executive Director 
New York City Environmental Justice Alliance