Deadline for comments on draft criteria for disadvantaged communities

Date(s) - Friday, Aug 05, 2022
5:00 pm

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The public comment period has been extended to Aug. 5 for the draft disadvantaged communities criteria.

All New Yorkers are encouraged to provide input on the criteria that will help advance environmental justice and guide the climate 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.

New York’s Climate Justice Working Group, which consists of representatives from environmental justice groups from across the state and representatives of several state agencies, developed the draft criteria for identifying disadvantaged communities.

View the draft disadvantaged communities criteria, list, and interactive map here.

Written comments can be submitted through Aug. 5 via the online public comment form, via email to, or via U.S. Mail to Attention: Draft DAC Comments, NYS DEC, Attn. Office of Environmental Justice, 625 Broadway, 14th Floor, Albany, NY 12233.

Visit the Climate Act website for more information about the criteria and for more information on the Climate Justice Working Group.

The draft was released for public review and comment in March. The state held 11 public hearings, four in-person hearings and seven virtual hearings, as well as three public education sessions, on the draft criteria.