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New York, sometimes called New York State, is a state in the Northeastern region of the United States. A Mid-Atlantic state, New York borders New England, and has an international border with Canada. With almost 19.6 million residents, it is the fourth-most populous state in the United States and seventh-most densely populated as of 2023. New York is the 27th-largest U.S. state by area, with a total area of 54,556 square miles (141,300 km2).

New York has a varied geography. The southeastern part of the state, known as Downstate, encompasses New York City, the most populous city in the United States, Long Island, the most populous island in the United States, and the lower Hudson Valley. These areas are the center of the New York metropolitan area, a sprawling urban landmass, and account for approximately two-thirds of the state's population. The much larger Upstate area spreads from the Great Lakes to Lake Champlain, while its Southern Tier region extends to the border of Pennsylvania. Upstate includes the Adirondack Mountains and the Catskill Mountains (part of the wider Appalachian Mountains). The east–west Mohawk River Valley bisects the more mountainous regions, and flows into the north–south Hudson River valley near the state capital of Albany. Western New York, home to the cities of Buffalo and Rochester, is part of the Great Lakes region and borders Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. Central New York is anchored by the city of Syracuse; between the central and western parts of the state, New York is dominated by the Finger Lakes, a popular tourist destination.

New York was one of the original Thirteen Colonies that went on to form the United States. The area of present-day New York had been inhabited by tribes of the Algonquians and the Iroquois Confederacy Native Americans for several thousand years by the time the earliest Europeans arrived. Stemming from Henry Hudson's expedition in 1609, the Dutch established the multiethnic colony of New Netherland in 1621, which included the settlements of Fort Orange (present-day Albany), Wiltwijck (present-day Kingston), and New Amsterdam (present-day New York City). England seized the colony from the Dutch in 1664, renaming it the Province of New York.

Networks and sustainability initiatives[edit | edit source]

Climate action[edit | edit source]

SeaChange: We All Live Downstream, collaborative art & activism project, navigating the Hudson River, climate change, and water as commons in the summer and fall of 2014.


New York ranks 46th among the 50 states in the amount of greenhouse gases generated per person. This relative efficiency is primarily due to the state's higher rate of mass transit use.[1]

Biodiversity[edit | edit source]

Biodiversity, information from NYS Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation

Environment quality[edit | edit source]

Riverkeeper, environmental non-profit membership organization dedicated to the protection of the Hudson River and its tributaries, as well as the watersheds that provide New York City with its drinking water. (Wikipedia), see also Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic

Open spaces[edit | edit source]

Adirondack Trail Improvement Society - Genesee Valley Conservancy - New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation

Coasts[edit | edit source]

Clean Ocean Action

Community energy[edit | edit source]

Community Environmental Center, not-for-profit provider of energy efficiency, green building and sustainability services

Wikipedia: Solar power in New York, Wind power in New York

Cycling activism[edit | edit source]

wikipedia:List of New York State Bicycle Routes

Education for sustainability[edit | edit source]

wikipedia:List of nature centers in New York

Food activism[edit | edit source]

Essex Farm Institute

Reduce, reuse, repair and recycle[edit | edit source]

New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling, organization which seeks to promotes use of recycling throughout New York State. It promotes a wide variety of techniques for reuse of resources, and also assists local communities who wish to expand and develop their recycling activities. W

Sharing[edit | edit source]

University Heights Tool Library, Buffalo

Sustainable transport activism[edit | edit source]

Wikipedia: New York transportation proposals

Walking: Wikipedia: Hiking trails in New York (category)

Waterways: Early transportation in New York State was primarily by rivers and canals. Today, the canals are primarily used for recreation. Wikipedia: New York, Canals

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Resources[edit | edit source]

Citizens data initiative[edit | edit source]

Energy & Environmental Data for New York

Other resources[edit | edit source]

News and comment[edit | edit source]


Many things can be a commons - even an ageing commercial oldies radio station. How Radio Kingston (covering NY and the Hudson Valley) became its community's mirror, Jun 18[2]


Good Work for Local Living Economies by @eldorn, Feb 18[3]


Dam destruction major victory for Mohawk tribe, Dec 12[4]

How One Farm Is Reinventing Agriculture for Better Food and a Brighter Future, Nov 28[5]

New York Assembly Approves Climate Bill That Would Cut Emissions to Zero, Jun 1[6]


The Wind and Sun Are Bringing the Shine Back to Buffalo, July 20[7]

New York just showed every other state how to do solar right, March 6[8]


State's Top Court Says Towns Can Ban Fracking, June 30[9]

Tenfold solar expansion approved for New York state, April 25[10]

Near you[edit | edit source]

Ithaca, New York - New York City

External links[edit | edit source]

Wikipedia: New York State

References[edit | edit source]

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Created April 15, 2014 by Phil Green
Modified June 9, 2023 by Felipe Schenone
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