Environmental justice (EJ) is defined as the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin or income with respect to the development, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations and policies.
EJ efforts focus on improving the environment in communities,especially those with minority and low-income populations, and addressing any disproportionate adverse environmental impacts that may exist in those communities.
EJ communities often have multiple sources of pollution in their neighborhoods. Sources of pollution can include wastewater treatment plants, power plants, polluting industries and over-stressed transportation networks.
Many residents of EJ communities face barriers to accessing government decision-making processes, often because of limited English proficiency and/or deficient understanding of notice and comment procedures.
We are a member of New York State's Environmental Justice Interagency Taskforce, which is charged with developing policy recommendations and agency action plans for each of the participating agencies. As part of this taskforce, we have developed an Environmental Justice Action Plan which will guide our actions regarding any activity that may have an impact of EJ communities.
As part of the action plan NYPA will do the following:
When planning any large project, NYPA will work to involve and inform the community in the following ways:
Clean Energy Projects
Energy Education Initiatives
Whether to say hello, invite NYPA to a community event, arrange an in-person meeting, share your ideas or ask questions about our EJ activities, we want to hear from you!
Environmental Justice Division
New York Power Authority
NYPA's mission is to provide clean, low-cost and reliable energy consistent with our commitment to the environment and safety, while promoting economic development and job development, energy efficiency, renewables and innovation, for the benefit of our customers and all New Yorkers.