Keep Protecting New York - Enhance Environmental Funding
We Love New York urges state leaders to show how much they love New York by enhancing environmental funding, which safeguards what we love most about New York: our clean air and water, conserved parklands and working farms and forests, and good quality jobs.
Investing in programs that protect the environment can support New York’s economic recovery by creating jobs, supporting industries like forestry, farming, and recycling, increasing property values, and boosting tourism in every corner of the state. The Environmental Protection Fund must be enhanced to keep the Empire State great. We must keep protecting New York!
About the EPF
The EPF and the State Budget (State Fiscal Year 2014-15)
Governor Cuomo's budget proposal increases the EPF by a modest $4 million, to $157 million. While this increase is a start, it is simply not enough to fulfill the needs that exist for important programs across the state, and much more must be done in the budget. In a year when New York has its first budget surplus since the 2008 economic decline, and investments are being made in many sectors, we must not miss the opportunity to continue to make necessary investments in the environment. The EPF should be increased to $200 million during budget negotiations this year.
Return on Investment: How the EPF is generating revenue and jobs for New York
A 2012 analysis shows that the output from New York State’s Environmental Protection Fund generates positive yearly economic returns for jobs, local economies, and property values. Prepared by The Trust for Public Land, a national conservation organization, the report details the economic benefits realized from the Environmental Protection Fund.
Public Support For Environmental Funding Across New York State
A November 2013 public opinion survey commissioned by The Nature Conservancy, Open Space Institute, The Trust for Public Land and Natural Resources Defense Council conducted by Global Strategies Group showed that a strong majority of voters across New York State support growing funding for clean water, working farms and forests, public health and other important environmental programs. Support was strong for both increasing annual funding for the EPF and creating a new environmental Bond Act. Click here to read a memo with more detailed information about about this research showing public support for the EPF.
Twenty Years of Results
Read a 2014 report by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation commemorating the 20th anniversary of the EPF and highlighting programs that have improved communities, protected clean water, and provided jobs throughout New York State.
County Fact Sheets
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