During Climate Week, Governor Hochul announces the opening of an Environmental Education and Resilience Center at Hempstead Lake State Park

US Senator Chuck Schumer said: “In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, I fought for billions of dollars in federal investments in green and resilient infrastructure across New York State, including $ 125 million in prevention efforts. flooding of the Mill River watershed. This center for environmental education and resilience is just one of many critical projects that this money has funded not only in Hempstead Lake State Park, but in southwestern Nassau County to se protect against storm surges, improve water quality, restore natural habitats and better understand the challenges our communities face in a changing climate. “

United States Representative Kathleen Rice said: “I am very pleased with the opening of the Center for Environmental Education and Resilience at Hempstead Lake State Park, which will serve as a space for local outreach and education programs, as well as a coordination center for emergency during storms and other natural disasters. Minority communities are too often ignored in the climate change debate, and I hope this new center will help change that. As we continue to see storms, floods and storms. other more violent consequences of climate change here on Long Island, I will continue to fight for federal funding in Congress to improve our resilience and our disaster response capabilities. “

Senator Kevin Thomas said: “Environmental education keeps our natural world healthy, our economy productive and our communities vibrant. The new Environmental Education and Resilience Center at Hempstead Lake State Park will promote understanding, appreciation and engagement of the environment in the community for generations to come. I want to thank the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery for their continued efforts to protect our precious natural resources and improve the quality of life for residents. “

Assembly member Taylor Darling said: “I am delighted that the Hempstead Lake State Park Environmental Education and Resilience Center is opening !!! This is phenomenal news. This center will provide so many learning opportunities for our children of all ages and will ultimately reduce flooding and improve water quality along the Mill River Corridor. This is an incredible response to our enormous environmental needs. Hempstead Lake State Park continues to be a haven for wildlife and a serene setting for our relaxation and / or physical activity. The community is so excited by the renovation of the tennis court complex. These huge improvements will encourage even better adventures for years to come. I want to thank everyone who made these advances possible, in particular our parks department (you are all wonderful!). This is a great success for all participants! ”

Assembly Member Judy Griffin said: “With the recent storm surges, we have all witnessed the adverse impact of climate change on Long Island. It is therefore essential that New York State continues to lead the way in taking decisive action in a multi-pronged approach. This new Environmental Education and Resilience Center in Hempstead Lake State is a big step forward in teaching our community about storm resilience and the impacts of climate change and I am proud to have it at the center of our district. I congratulate Governor Hochul for seeing this great environmental project come to fruition as it is extremely beneficial for our region.

County Director Laura Curran said: “This is a big day for Nassau County. In addition to the new resiliency, water quality and habitat improvements underway at Hempstead Lake State Park, this new facility will serve as a community education center that Nassau County will use for outreach and mentoring programs for youth in underserved neighborhoods. Nassau County will continue to work in partnership with the state to engage local communities in environmental protection and ensure that Long Island remains safe, beautiful and livable for generations to come. ”

New York State’s National Climate Plan

The nation’s leading New York State Climate Agenda is the country’s most aggressive clean energy and climate initiative, calling for an orderly and just transition to clean energy that creates jobs and continues to foster a green economy as New York State recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. Written into law by the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, New York is on track to meet its goal of a zero-emission electricity sector by 2040, of which 70% is produced from renewable energy. ‘by 2030, and achieve economy-wide carbon neutrality. It builds on New York’s unprecedented investments to develop clean energy, including more than $ 21 billion in 91 large-scale renewable projects across the state, $ 6.8 billion to reduce emissions from buildings, $ 1.8 billion to develop solar power, over $ 1 billion for clean transportation initiatives, and over $ 1.2 billion in NY Green Bank commitments. Together, these investments support more than 150,000 clean energy jobs in New York City in 2019, 2,100% growth in the distributed solar sector since 2011, and a commitment to develop 9,000 megawatts of offshore wind power. by 2035. With the Climate Act as a guide, New York will build on this progress and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 85 percent from 1990 levels by 2050, while ensuring that at least 35 percent with a target of 40 percent of the benefits of clean energy investments to be directed to underprivileged communities, and advance progress towards the state’s energy efficiency target by 2025 of reduce on-site energy consumption by 185 trillion BTUs in end-use energy savings.