Spearville Wind Farm just north of the town of Spearville, in Ford County, Kansas.
Creating a cleaner and safer energy future in New York. © Jim Richardson

Stories in New York

New York Leads on Climate

Building a clean energy economy while protecting natural resources.

In response to the climate crisis, New York State has set ambitious goals to reduce carbon pollution, the driver of climate change, and create a cleaner and safer energy future. For the last several years, The Nature Conservancy in New York has worked closely with elected officials and partners to help realize the vision of a clean energy economy by supporting the responsible development of renewable energy.

Policy

  • Photo of a solar energy installer working on a solar panel with green trees in the background.

    New York Enacts Strongest Climate Change Legislation in the United States

    New York signed into law nation-leading climate legislation, the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, that will drastically cut carbon pollution and safeguard New York’s ambitious clean energy program. Read our statement.

  • A woman stands on the ground in between two solar arrays wearing a reflective orange vest and a construction hard hat, looking to the upper lefthand side of the screen.

    Accelerating Large-Scale Wind and Solar Energy in New York

    Meeting New York State’s goal of getting 70 percent of its electricity needs from renewable sources by 2030 will require a rapid build-out of solar and wind power across New York. Our report with the Alliance for Clean Energy New York shows how. Read our report.

Tools

  • Electrical engineer woman checking solar photovoltaic panels on the roof of a solar farm.

    Long Island Solar Roadmap

    This new report and webmap demonstrates how Long Island could increase solar energy generation and reduce carbon pollution. Crucially, the Roadmap finds that these solar installations can be deployed without negatively affecting natural areas. Check out our roadmap.

Community

  • Three masked workers, viewed at center, on top of a roof installing a solar panel.

    Uplands Farm Sanctuary

    The Uplands Farm Sanctuary completed an energy makeover to become TNC’s first carbon neutral office in New York. This ambitious project includes rooftop solar, an electric vehicle charging station and energy efficiency upgrades. Explore our Uplands Farm Sanctuary.

  • Man shows his family the solar panels on the plot near the house during a warm day. Young woman with a kid and a man in the sun rays look at the solar panels.

    Our Clean Energy Future: A Toolkit for Supporting Solar and Wind Projects

    Community involvement and support is critical for New York to transition to a clean energy economy. The Building Our Clean Energy Future: A Toolkit for Supporting Solar and Wind Projects, developed by TNC and New Yorkers for Clean Power, details how. Download our toolkit.

Meet Our Team

Meet some of the inspiring people leading cross-cutting teams working to help New York transition to a clean energy economy.

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    Jessica Ottney Mahar

    Director, Policy & Strategy in New York. Meet Jess.

  • Woman wearing black leggings, white t-shirt and gray jacket stands near an ocean cove with a sunset in the background.

    Echo Cartwright

    Director, Climate Mitigation in New York. Meet Echo.

Solar panels adjacent to an elementary school in Antelope Valley.
Siting Clean Energy We're working with many partners to identify areas to build New York's clean energy economy while protecting natural resources. © Dave Lauridsen for The Nature Conservancy