I am very excited to share this Green New Deal plan with our residents and businesses and invite you all to join us in our work.

As we continue to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, laying the foundations for a green, equitable economy is one of the most critical steps we can take to rebuild, realign, and reinvigorate our communities.

We have urgent and immediate work to do to stabilize our climate, transition to clean energy and protect and regenerate our natural resources. And we have equally urgent work to undo generations of economic and environmental injustice and create opportunity for everyone.

A Green New Deal connects these twin urgencies, generating prosperity by committing to do the work at scale. Laid out over a nearly twenty-year time horizon, with a suite of immediate actions, intermediate targets, and aggressive but achievable long-term goals, this package of policies and investments represents the right level of ambition and determination to tackle the challenges before us.

There are many ways to get involved. Everyone in the County can sign up for solar energy through our Solarize Ulster campaign. Businesses can get help cutting their energy costs and connecting with other green businesses through our Green Business Champions and Green Economy Network programs, launching later this summer. Jobseekers can contact our Career Center for help launching a green career. And the work is just beginning here. We will need a sustained community effort over the next twenty years or more, and we need everyone involved.

Please join us in meeting this incredible challenge – and opportunity – head on, together.

– Patrick Ryan, Ulster County Executive