Audubon New York Statement on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2021 State of the State Address

Green investments rooted in renewable energy and workforce training will jumpstart the post-COVID economy.

ALBANY, NY (January 13, 2021) – In today's State of the State address, Governor Cuomo committed to making New York State the “Green Capital" of the world by investing in large-scale renewable energy, new transmission and energy storage infrastructure, manufacturing related to offshore wind, and workforce training to ensure a just transition to a new green economy. These proposals are critical to reinvigorating our economy and confronting the existential threat of climate change. 

“As we begin to chart our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, we have the opportunity to create a future where the urgent need to confront climate change serves as an economic driver that revitalizes New York State,” said Erin McGrath, Policy Manager for Audubon New York.

“Birds and people face the same climate change-driven threats, and we must take bold action now by investing in renewable resources. Audubon strongly supports the development of renewable energy and transmission infrastructure that is sited and operated to avoid or lessen impacts on birds and other wildlife, and we look forward to working with the Office of Renewable Energy Siting and the Department of Environmental Conservation to achieve the Governor’s bold vision. We applaud Governor Cuomo for his ambitious plan to make New York State the nation’s Green Capitol and look forward to working with him to make this proposal a reality.” 


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About Audubon New York 
Audubon New York, a state program of the National Audubon Society, protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow, throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education and on-the-ground conservation. Audubon’s state programs, nature centers, chapters and partners have an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire and unite diverse communities in conservation action. Since 1905, Audubon’s vision has been a world in which people and wildlife thrive. Audubon is a nonprofit conservation organization. Learn more at 

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