November 14, 2017

The Nature Conservancy applauds the leaders in 7 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states and Washington D.C. who announced yesterday that they are engaging communities in their work to address the biggest contributor to carbon emissions in our region: the transportation sector. 

State leaders in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington D.C are initiating a public process, including regional listening sessions, to identify policy options for coordinated state action toward reducing climate impacts from the regional transportation sector. 

“With transportation as the biggest, largely unaddressed source of greenhouse gas emissions in the region, it is imperative that we work together across state lines to find pragmatic solutions to this far-reaching problem,” said Sarah Jackson, The Nature Conservancy’s Climate and Energy Policy Manager for the Northeast, speaking on behalf of chapters in Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. 

“This region developed the first successful multi-state program for reducing emissions from the power sector. These states have already demonstrated that cooperation can lead to innovative solutions that work,” Jackson said. “While many individual states are taking steps to reduce emissions from vehicles, it will take significant coordination to move us toward the cleaner transportation future we need if we are to avoid the worst effects of climate change.” 

The Nature Conservancy works in all 50 states to reduce the impacts of climate change on people and nature. We look forward to participating in this process to develop solutions that will help modernize our transportation sector. We also encourage additional states to join this regional initiative to reduce climate pollution and help bring our transportation sector into the 21st century.  

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