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Friday August 5, 2022
Contact  New York State DEC, Attn. Office of Environmental Justice
625 Broadway, 14th Floor, Albany, New York 12233

Comment End -- New York State Draft Disadvantaged Communities Criteria to Advance Climate Justice
Draft Criteria Developed by Climate Justice Working Group Released for 120-Day Public Comment Period

Climate Action Council’s Final Scoping Plan to Prioritize Emissions Reductions in Disadvantaged Communities
Draft Scoping Plan Currently Out for Public Comment and Review
New York State released draft criteria developed by the Climate Justice Working Group (CJWG) for identifying disadvantaged communities. The draft criteria will guide the equitable implementation of New York’s ambitious Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (Climate Act). The draft includes an interactive map and a list of communities the criteria would cover for directing programs and projects to reduce air pollution and climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions, provide economic development opportunities, and target clean energy and energy efficiency investments. Criteria and methods for identifying disadvantaged communities will be reviewed annually.

DEC is accepting public comments until August 5, 2022, on the draft criteria and will hold at least six public hearings during the comment period. The draft criteria, community list, map, and supporting documentation are available on the New York State Climate Act website at
New Yorkers are encouraged to submit comments via:
1. the online public comment form,
2. email at, or
3. U.S. Mail to Attention:
Draft DAC Comments
NYS DEC, Attn. Office of Environmental Justice
625 Broadway, 14th Floor
Albany NY 12233

Information about the public hearings will also be released. For more information visit DEC's Environmental Justice webpage.


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