Advocate for the Environment
The Lesniak Institute advocates for environmental protection, training the next generation of American Leaders to fight for cleaner air and protection of our public parks and land.
Help us continue to advance environmental protection as The Lesniak Institute For American Leadership advocates for legislation across New Jersey and America.
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We're advocating to require zero emission commercial trucks to replace dirty trucks from harming NJ’s air quality and our residents health.
The Lesniak Institute is working with the Department of Environmental Protection to adopt a new rule requiring zero-emission vehicles for medium- and heavy-duty commercial trucks. This new rule would affect both manufacturers and owners of commercial fleets. Manufacturers would be required to participate in a credit/deficit program to increase the sales of the zero emission vehicles. With a new accounting system implemented, manufacturers will be required to offset emissions from conventional trucks by the sale of zero emission vehicles. Owners of commercial fleets, on the other hand would be required to start purchasing and using the new zero emission vehicles . Modeled after California’s Advanced Clean Truck Program, New Jersey would be second to take leadership in the effort to curb noxious emissions from our air, which is poisoning our children in urban communities.
There are 6,000 mid- and heavy-duty trucks that service Port Elizabeth, Newark and Bayonne that do not comply with emissions standards and are grandfathered in under old, less strict standards. These dirty trucks are wreaking havoc on our air quality, and harming the health of our children, our seniors and all area residents. This is putting everyone in our state at risk, but it’s placing disproportionate negative health effects on communities of color and low socio-economic status.
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To advocate with us, submit comments to the NJ Department of Environmental Protection about why this rule should be adopted.
We are advocating to amend the NJ constitution to grant every person the right to a clean and healthy environment.
The Green Amendment, ACR80/SCR30, would ensure every person has a natural right to a clean and healthy environment. The amendment to the NJ Constitution would hold the state accountable to avoid breaking these rights by action or inaction. To make sure the state of NJ represents our best environmental interests, the Green Amendment would provide that the State’s public natural resources are the common property of all of the people. The State would serve as a Trustee of these resources and have a duty to conserve and maintain them for the benefit of all people.
Parts of NJ have the worst air quality in the nation. New Jersey is at ground zero for frequent storm surges and flooding due to climate change caused by ozone emissions. Hurricanes like Irene and Sandy will continue to cause suffering and devastation. For the future health and safety of our residents the Green Amendment needs to be implemented. The right to a healthy environment is a fundamental right, one that should be guaranteed by the New Jersey Constitution.
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New Jersey residents please thank Senators Bateman and Greenstein for sponsoring the Green Amendment, and encourage them to get it through committee.