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New York is a state in the Northeastern United States. It is sometimes 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 state geographically. With 20.2 million residents, it is the fourth most populous state in the United States as of 2021, with approximately 44% living in New York City and 40% on Long Island. 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 two-thirds of the state's population lives in the New York metropolitan area. NYC is home to the United Nations Headquarters, and has been described as the cultural, financial, and media capital of the world, as well as the world's most economically powerful city. The next five most populous cities in the state are Buffalo, Yonkers, Rochester, Syracuse, and the state capital of Albany.

New York has a diverse geography. The southern part of the state is in the Atlantic coastal plain and includes Long Island and several smaller associated islands, as well as New York City and the lower Hudson River Valley. The larger Upstate New York region comprises several ranges of the wider Appalachian Mountains, and the Adirondack Mountains in the northeastern lobe of the state. The north–south Hudson River Valley and the east–west Mohawk River Valley bisect these more mountainous regions. Western New York is part of the Great Lakes region and borders on the Great Lakes of Lake Ontario and Lake Erie, as well as Niagara Falls. The central part of the state is dominated by the Finger Lakes, a popular vacation and tourist destination.

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

Towards sustainable economies =[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Networks and sustainability initiatives[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]

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Ithaca, New York - New York City


External links[edit | edit source]

Wikipedia: New York State

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