April and May Public Hearings at Upstate and Downstate Locations to Provide Public Opportunities to Share Input on Draft Scoping Plan

March 15, 2022

New York State’s 22-member Climate Action Council, established under the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), will hold 10 public hearings across the State to receive public input on the Draft Scoping Plan and advance work on a Final Scoping Plan to guide the implementation of the State’s nation-leading climate goals under the CLCPA.

The Council released the Draft Scoping Plan on Dec. 30, 2021, and is accepting public comments on the draft through June 10, 2022. The Council extended the comment period beyond 120 days to allow for additional public input.

The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Co-Chairs of the Climate Action Council, today announced eight in-person hearings in locations across the State, as well as two virtual hearings. In-person hearings will also be live-streamed to allow for remote viewing of the proceedings. All persons, organizations, corporations, and government agencies are encouraged to attend the public hearings and to submit oral or written comments.

Date Time Location Heading
Tuesday, April 5, 2022  4:00 p.m. Bronx Bronx Community College
Roscoe Brown Student Center
Hall of Fame Playhouse
2155 University Avenue
Bronx, NY 10453
Wednesday, April 6, 2022  4:00 p.m. Brookhaven Brookhaven Town Hall
1 Independence Hill
Farmingville, NY 11738
Tuesday, April 12, 2022  4:00 p.m. Binghamton Binghamton University
Symposium Hall
85 Murray Hill Road
Vestal, NY 13850
Thursday, April 14, 2022  4:00 p.m. Albany Empire State Plaza
Meeting Room 6
Albany, NY 12242
Tuesday, April 26, 2022  4:00 p.m. Syracuse SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Gateway Center
1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210
Wednesday, April 27, 2022  3:30 p.m. Buffalo Buffalo & Erie County Public Library 
Mason O. Damon Auditorium 
1 Lafayette Square 
Buffalo, NY 14203
Tuesday, May 3, 2022  4:00 p.m. Brooklyn New York City College of Technology 
The Theater at City Tech 
285 Jay Street 
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Saturday, May 7, 2022  10:00 a.m. Virtual Event link: https://nyserdany.webex.com/nyserdany/onstage/g.php?MTID=e3f037513c7ab055c46f1253fb908265e Link opens in new window - close new window to return to this page.
Event number: 2599 706 6384
Event password: climate
Call in number: +1-415-655-0003
Call in access code: 2599 706 6384
Tuesday, May 10, 2022  4:00 p.m. Tupper Lake The Wild Center 
45 Museum Drive 
Tupper Lake, NY 12986
Wednesday, May 11, 2022  4:00 p.m. Virtual Event link: https://nyserdany.webex.com/nyserdany/onstage/g.php?MTID=eecfcf639bf8b5c07f1740e976f494fba Link opens in new window - close new window to return to this page.
Event number: 2595 530 3236
Event password: climate
Call in number: +1-415-655-0003
Call in access code: 2595 530 3236

If in-person hearings cannot be held due to changing COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, hearings will shift to virtual at the same date and time. Each participant will be given two minutes to address the Climate Action Council. Lengthy statements should be submitted in writing and summarized for oral presentation. PowerPoint presentations are not allowed, but individuals may provide written supporting documents or visuals.

Pre-registration is encouraged but not required for the in-person hearings. Priority in seating and speaking will be given to those who pre-register. Individuals can pre-register here Link opens in new window - close new window to return to this page.. Hearings will be webcast for viewing purposes only, professionally recorded, and transcribed as part of the official record and posted on the Climate Act website Link opens in new window - close new window to return to this page..

Members of the public who want to provide oral comment must attend either in-person or join a virtual hearing. Equal weight will be given to oral and written statements. American sign language and language interpretive services shall be made available upon written request at no charge. Any additional information, including instructions for joining each event remotely to view the proceedings, will be made available prior to each event here Link opens in new window - close new window to return to this page..

The virtual public hearings will include live captioning in multiple languages. To view live captioning during the virtual hearings, attendees can join the presentation through PowerPoint Live using a computer or smartphone. For details on how to use PowerPoint Live for live captioning, refer to the Live Captioning Guide [PDF] Link opens in new window - close new window to return to this page..

Written comments can be submitted through June 10, 2022, via the online public comment form, via email to [email protected], or via U.S. Mail to Attention: Draft Scoping Plan Comments, NYSERDA, 17 Columbia Circle, Albany, NY 12203-6399.

For more information about the New York State Climate Action Council, visit here Link opens in new window - close new window to return to this page..

New York State's nation-leading climate agenda is the most aggressive climate and clean energy initiative in the nation, calling for an orderly and just transition to clean energy that creates jobs and continues fostering a green economy as New York State recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. Enshrined into law through the CLCPA, New York is on a path to achieve its mandate of a zero-emission electricity sector by 2040, including 70 percent renewable energy generation by 2030, and to reach economy-wide carbon neutrality. It builds on New York's unprecedented investments to ramp-up clean energy including over $33 billion in 102 large-scale renewable and transmission projects across the state, $6.8 billion to reduce buildings emissions, $1.8 billion to scale up solar, more than $1 billion for clean transportation initiatives, and over $1.6 billion in NY Green Bank commitments. Combined, these investments are supporting nearly 158,000 jobs in New York's clean energy sector in 2020, a 2,100 percent growth in the distributed solar sector since 2011 and a commitment to develop 9,000 megawatts of offshore wind by 2035. Under the Climate Act, 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 goal of 40 percent of the benefits of clean energy investments are directed to disadvantaged communities, and advance progress towards the state's 2025 energy efficiency target of reducing on-site energy consumption by 185 trillion BTUs of end-use energy savings.