New York’s Green New Deal

Governor Cuomo’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) is the ambitious legislation enacted with the goal of reducing New York state emissions to net zero. Austin Law explored some of the implications to help you get involved meaningfully.

We recommend reading the research package “Incentive programs to help NYC building owners comply with the Climate Mobilization Act (2019)” by Deven Malone to understand the possible synergies between New York City and New York State. “The Climate Mobilization Act (2019) is the largest climate solution put forth by any city in the world” according to the NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability. There are corresponding incentive programs offered by private and public entities that can support disadvantaged communities in New York City.

About the Author

Austin Law, Summer Policy Analyst


Austin is currently pursuing a J.D. and comes from a background in Business Management and Economics. As an undergraduate, he designed and conducted statistical research on the effectiveness of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), a commercial bank bailout enacted in the 2008 financial crisis. At Unbuilt Labs, Austin’s project considers the New York State’s 2019 Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. He will be looking at how sustainability-focused funding and its legislation affect disadvantaged communities. Having worked in both a boutique firm and a top 60 firm in the National Law Journal 500, he has experience with asylum seeking policies and insurance litigation practices. His most recent overseas trip was to his birthplace, Hong Kong, where he spent time teaching children English. He has also helped Make-A-Wish foundation’s Suffolk County Chapter fundraiser for their holiday campaign.

  • Cornell Law School, J.D. Law ‘22
  • Stony Brook University, B.S. (Hons) Business Management and Economics ‘18