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New York, officially the State of New York, is a state in the Northeastern United States. It is often called New York State to distinguish it from its largest city, New York City. With a total area of 54,556 square miles (141,300 km2), New York is the 27th-largest U.S. state by area. With 20.2 million people, it is the fourth-most-populous state in the United States as of 2021, with approximately 44% living in New York City, including 25% of the state's population within Brooklyn and Queens, and another 15% on the remainder of Long Island, the most populous island in the United States. The state is bordered by New Jersey and Pennsylvania to the south, and Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont to the east; it has a maritime border with Rhode Island, east of Long Island, as well as an international border with the Canadian provinces of Quebec to the north and Ontario to the northwest.

New York City (NYC) is the most populous city in the United States, and around two-thirds of the state's population lives in the New York metropolitan area, the world's most sprawling urban landmass. NYC is home to the headquarters of the United Nations, and has been described as the cultural, financial, and media capital of the world, as well as the world's most economically powerful city, and is sometimes described as the capital of the world. The next five most populous cities in the state are Buffalo, Yonkers, Rochester, Syracuse, and the state capital of Albany. Throughout its history, New York has maintained an overall progressive social stance and has been a pioneer in immigration policy, women's suffrage, and the LGBTQ+ rights movement, although the New York metropolitan area and the Capital District encompassing the Albany metropolitan area have generally been more politically liberal than other regions in the state.

New York has a varied geography. The southeastern part of the state, the area known as Downstate, includes Long Island and several smaller associated islands, as well as New York City and the lower Hudson River Valley. The much larger Upstate New York area spreads from the Great Lakes to Lake Champlain, while its Southern Tier region extends to the border of Pennsylvania. Upstate includes a diverse topography and range of regions including the Adirondack Mountains in the northeastern lobe of the state and the Catskill Mountains in the southeastern part of the state. New York also includes several ranges of the wider Appalachian Mountains. The east–west Mohawk River Valley is the primary river valley bisecting more mountainous regions, and connects to the north–south Hudson River valley in the Capital Region of New York. Western New York is part of the Great Lakes region and borders the Great Lakes of Lake Ontario and Lake Erie, as well as Niagara Falls. Between the central and western parts of the state, New York is dominated by the Finger Lakes, a popular vacation and tourist destination.

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

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