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Welcome to the
Onondaga County
Democratic Committee

The Environment

Listed below are some things you can do to help the environment and reduce your carbon footprint starting today.

Contact Your Representatives

Call and remind your representatives that reducing greenhouse gas emissions will also build healthier communities, spur economic innovation and create new jobs. Encourage them to support a carbon tax for business that allow activities that pollute, and urge them to invest in renewable energy alternatives. Tell them fracking is a danger to the health of our environment and communities.

Click the representative below to contact them:

State Representatives:

New York State Senator Rachel May

District Office

333 East Washington Street

805 State Office Building

Syracuse , NY 13202

(315) 478-8745


Assemblyman Al Stirpe, Assembly District 127

District Office

7293 Buckley Road 
Suite 201
N. Syracuse, NY 13212
(315) 452-1115


Assemblymember Pamela J. Hunter, Assembly District 128

District Office

711 East Genesee Street 
2nd Floor
Syracuse, NY 13210-1540
(315) 449-9536


Assemblyman William B. Magnarelli, Assembly District 129

District Office

Room 840 
333 East Washington Street
Syracuse, NY 13202
(315) 428-9651


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Federal Representatives:

Congressman John Katko, New York's 24th District

Syracuse District Office

440 South Warren St.

7th Floor Suite 711

Syracuse, NY 13202
(315) 423-5657


Senator Charles Schumer

Syracuse District Office

100 South Clinton Street, Room 841
Syracuse, NY 13261
(315) 423-5471


Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

District Office

James M. Hanley Federal Building
100 South Clinton Street 

Room 1470 / PO Box 7378 
Syracuse, NY 13261

(315) 448-0470


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Easy Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint:

  • Change light bulbs to compact fluorescents or LEDs.

  • Unplug computers, TVs and other electronics when not in use.

  • Wash clothes in cold or warm water, not hot water.

  • Hang dry clothes when you can.

  • Install a programmable thermostat.

  • Ask your utility to switch your account to clean, renewable power, such as from wind farms. If it doesn't offer this option yet, ask it to.

  • Look for the Energy Star® label when buying new appliances.

  • Eat less meat (try to go vegetarian once a week.)

  • Buy organic, locally grown food.

  • Grow some of your own food.

  • Compost kitchen scraps.

  • Do not use plastic water bottles.

  • Recycle paper, plastic, metal and glass.

  • Carpool.

  • For long trips, instead of flying consider greener options such as buses or trains.

"Like" New York Beyond Coal on Facebook

The Sierra Club's Beyond Coal campaign aims to replace dirty coal with clean energy by mobilizing grassroots activists in local communities to advocate for the retirement of old and outdated coal plants and to prevent new coal plants from being built. 

Their goals include:


  • Retiring one-third of the nation’s more than 500 coal plants by the year 2020

  • Replacing the majority of retired coal plants with clean energy solutions such as wind, solar, and geothermal

  • Keeping coal in the ground in places like Appalachia and Wyoming’s Powder River Basin

"The debate is over. The scientific community has spoken in a virtually unanimous voice. Climate change is real. It is caused by human activity." 

-Bernie Sanders

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