The New York State Sustainable Business Council (NYSSBC) is an alliance of business organizations and businesses committed to advancing a vibrant, just, and sustainable economy in the state.
NYSSBC is the New York State affiliate of the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC).


Reckless Advance of Spectra AIM Pipeline

The time has come for our state and national leaders to step in and put an immediate stop to the further development of the Spectra AIM (Algonquin Incremental Market) gas pipeline — recklessly located within 105 feet of vital structures at the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant and not much more than 1,000 feet from […]

Introducing our New Director: Bob Rossi

We are excited to announce our new Executive Director, Bob Rossi, who will be leveraging his experience in business startups and nonprofit development to grow NYSSBC and to serve as your go-to connection for policy advocacy that builds a just and sustainable economy in New York State. As we welcome Bob, we also salute our […]

Policy Update: NYSSBC 2016 Legislative Session Priorities

Policy Update: NYSSBC 2016 Legislative Session Priorities On May 9, 2016, NYSSBC convened business leaders at the State Capitol from across the state for the 3rd Annual Albany Sustainable Business Summit. Attendees were briefed on NYSSBC’s priority issues (listed below), heard about next steps for the victorious Paid Leave campaign, had time to connect over […]

Clean Jobs New York Report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PRESS CONTACTS: Pat Mitchell,, 703-276-3266; or Jeff Benzak,; 202-513-6248. Study: Clean Energy Employs 85,000 New Yorkers Four out of Five N.Y. Clean Energy Workers – or 69,000 – Work in Energy Efficiency; Renewable Energy Employs 12,400; Data Searchable by County and Legislative District NEW YORK (May 5, 2016) – More […]

Recap: NYSSBC's 3rd Annual Albany Sustainable Business Summit

Business leaders from New York City to Buffalo and Binghamton to the Capitol Region convened in Albany on May 9 for NYSSBC's 3rd annual Albany Sustainable Business Summit, a non-stop day of briefings, legislative visits and networking. It was the first time many of the attendees had ever been to the Capitol buildings.     Our agenda was packed with […]

Repost: No to Fracking Waste Here

By Hilary Baum Riverdale Press April 7, 2016 Read original here. When, at the end of 2014, Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a statewide ban on the environmentally unsound practice of fracking — high-volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing for natural gas — many of us breathed a sigh of relief, only to discover that New York City […]

The Guardian: How New York's paid family leave is a revolutionary step for employees

By Joanna Walters April 1, 2016 Read original article here New York state has announced plans for the most far-reaching paid family leave law in America, as well as promising to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. The state will mandate the right to 12 weeks of paid leave for both private sector […]

TWC News Capitol Region: Small Business Owners Support Cuomo's Paid Family Leave Program

By Michael Howard March 23, 2016 See original article for video Laura Kerrone's newly formed business, Psychedelicatessen in Troy, has a little more than 10 employees. At the beginning of the venture, Kerrone said one of her workers found out she was pregnant and needed time off. "It didn't take her long to realize how […]

Update on Fracking Waste in NYS

The issue of fracking waste disposal and road spreading is currently on the legislative table in New York City and on the regulatory table in New York State. Governor Cuomo recently announced that the Department of Environmental Conservation will amend its related rules with a comment period through July 15 and hearings in early June. […]

Businesses say 'no' to gas storage on Seneca Lake

For Immediate release: Thursday, December 17, 2015 For More information, Contact: NYSSBC: Laura Ornstein, 845 202 0591; Chefs for the Marcellus: Hilary Baum, 917 822 9445; Gas Free Seneca Business Coalition, Yvonne Taylor, 607-342-1278 Aerial view of Seneca Lake, threatened by proposed gas storage facilities on southwestern shore. Businesses Call on Governor Cuomo to Reject […]

Letter to Gov. Cuomo: Don't Allow Gas Storage on Seneca Lake

The Honorable Andrew Cuomo Governor of New York State NYS Capitol Building Albany, NY 12224 December 17, 2015 Dear Governor Cuomo, You have shown the rest of the country why it is not only possible — but smart — to say no to hydraulic fracturing and liquefied natural gas facilities, and we applaud your actions.   […]

Governor Cuomo Vetoes Port Ambrose LNG Facility

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 12, 2015 Contact: Jorge Martinez, (516)713-2079, Laura Ornstein, (607)591-2314, Business Leaders Applaud Decision to Veto Port Ambrose  Addresses the Threat to Business from Climate Change and Safeguards the Potential for Renewable Energy Development NEW YORK – In response to a decision by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to veto […]

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Business Leaders Call on Governor Cuomo to Veto Port Ambrose

For Immediate Release, Tuesday, October 27, 2015 For More Information, Contact: NYPIRG: Rose Barone, 615-512-2855 (cell) Megan Ahearn, 212-349-6460 ext 1166 Sane Energy Project: Patrick Robbins, (917) 364 7461 Over 60 Local Businesses Call on Governor Cuomo to Veto Port Ambrose Gas Project - Business Leaders Join Together Ahead of November Public Hearings To […]

The Solutions Project launches the 100% Campaign

On June 18, the Solutions Project launched the 100% Campaign at an event at the La Plaza de Cultural community garden in Manhattan. NYSSBC joined with fellow members of the Energy Democracy Alliance and others working to accelerate New York's transition to 100% renewables. Attendees heard from Mark Ruffalo who applauded Governor Cuomo for the ban […]

New York Solarize Campaigns

Have you considered transitioning your business to being powered by solar energy? Solarize campaigns make it cheaper and easier than ever for commercial & residential property owners to implement solar panels and solar thermal. What is Solarize? A community group-purchasing program often led by volunteers that drives down the costs of going solar because of the discounts from […]

Fracking Waste in New York: A Business Perspective

Webinar co-sponsored by Riverkeeper & NYSSBC Monday June 8 1-2pm Registration required - space limited While achieving the fracking ban was a major victory, further action is needed to protect New York’s sustainable economic drivers from the impacts of continuing disposal of oil and gas waste. Did you know NYS has accepted over 500,000 tons […]

NY Businesses Launch Companies for Safer Chemicals NY Campaign

For Planning Purposes: Monday, May 4, 2015 Contact: Cathy Rought,, 646-200-5287  New York Businesses Launch Companies for Safer Chemicals NY Campaign  Group Releases Report on Positive Market Potential for Safe Chemicals Campaign Demonstrates Business Support for Chemical Safety Reform by Endorsing Child Safe Products Act Albany, NY—Top New York Businesses announced at the Albany Business Summit  the launch of Companies for […]

Repost: Pass a New York toxic toys law

By Laura Ornstein & David Levine Albany Times Union April 30, 2014 The New York Assembly marked this past Earth Day with the passage of several pieces of environment-related legislation, among them the Child Safe Products Act. It would require children's product manufacturers to disclose the use of certain chemicals like lead, arsenic and mercury […]

Repost: State legislation would help protect children from toxic toys

By Judith Frizlen Buffalo News April 20, 2015 When I go food or clothes shopping, I read labels. I care about what goes into or onto my body. That is one of the ways I use my purchasing power to vote for healthy humans and environment. I own an early childhood center, so I read […]

Business Leaders See Economic Opportunity from NYS Bipartisan Bill to Protect Children from Toxic Chemicals

For Immediate Release: Monday March 2, 2015 Contact: Bob Keener,, (617) 610-6766  Business Leaders See Economic Opportunity from NYS Bipartisan Bill to Protect Children from Toxic Chemicals ALBANY, NY— Today, Sen. Phil Boyle (R-Bay Shore) and Assembly Member Steve Englebright (D-Setauket) announced the reintroduction of the Child Safe Products Act, which would empower New […]

Businesses Oppose Gas Storage in Seneca Lake Salt Caverns

By Yvonne Taylor, Gas Free Seneca New Yorkers and Governor Cuomo should be commended for keeping fracking out of our state. The science and evidence is behind us, and our efforts have been noticed throughout the world. Yet we are dropping the ball when it comes to stopping the build-out of fracking infrastructure, and the […]

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Here's an important bill that the New York State Sustainable Business Council advocated for at our last lobby day this past May. Well, it made it through the NYS legislature, and has now arrive at the Governor's desk. This bill will help support the geothermal industry in NYS and the thousands of associated job. Check out the event details below and give your Governor's office a call. Thank you!

Call Cuomo NOW to Support Geothermal & Renewable Energy in NYS!

November 17, 2016, 11:00am - November 17, 2016, 3:00pm

A tax credit bill that would give 25% (up to $5,000) for residential Geothermal Heat Pump installations has reached the Governors desk and could be signed or vetoed by the Governor at any moment! Geothermal is a renewable energy technology using the earths constant temperature underground to heat and cool our homes. Geothermal heat pumps are key to reaching New York's climate goal of a 40% cut in greenhouse gases. Far more of NY's greenhouse gases come from heating buildings than from generating electricity. Goethermal is crucial to avoid the most catastrophic impacts of climate change. Please call Governor Cuomo NOW - (518) 474-1041- and tell him to sign Bill A9925, the Geothermal Tax Credit Bill, to support the geothermal industry in New York State and cut greenhouse gas emissions so we can seriously address Climate Change and create clean jobs for New Yorkers. More than 1,000 New York jobs are at risk in the clean energy sector, and a solution overwhelmingly supported by the State Legislature is at hand. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s signature is all that’s needed to avert this disaster. Tell him to sign Bill A9925 now. Call 518-474-1041 and tell Cuomo to sign Geothermal Tax Credit Bill A9925. New York is different, New York is a clean energy leader and unlike the President Elect, is ready to take on the real threat of Climate Change. Geothermal heating and cooling has been a growing industry in our state. It offers us a key to beat back climate change. Geothermal heat pumps (GHPs) cleanly and efficiently heat and cool our homes and offices without fossil fuels, using the constant temperature underground as a heat source in winter and a heat sink in summer. Learn more at Sample tweets to copy and paste on twitter: .@NYGovCuomo #Geothermal = #ClimateAction. Let's show the nation that we take #climatechange seriously in NY! Sign Geo Tax Credit Bill A9925 .@NYGovCuomo sign Bill A9925 to support the Geothermal industry, #cleanenergy jobs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in NYS .@NYGovCuomo, elected officials, geo industry & enviro groups from across state ask you to sign the #Geothermal Tax Credit Bill into law .@NYGovCuomo sign bill A9925 to show NY's priority for #renewableenergy jobs and keep the #geothermal industry open for business in NYS .@NYGovCuomo Pls sign #Geothermal Tax Credit Bill A9925 so we can cut greenhouse gas emissions in NY and combat #climatechange