Clean Energy Queens, which was co-founded just two months ago by Victoria Adler, is an offshoot of the Sierra Club.
Adler describes the organization as a “group of people who came together and decided that we really had to get something done.”
“Locally is really the place to start because there’s so much that can be done in Queens,” she said.
Clean Energy Queens currently has two task forces. The first one was created to support the Climate and Community Protection Act, a piece of legislation in Albany that would create a blueprint for 100 percent renewable energy.
The bill, Adler said, also has a social justice component. If passed, 40 percent of the state funds would go to communities most impacted by environmental racism.
Adler said having the state make a legal commitment to renewable energy goals is “really the first step.”
“Once that’s there, everything else will follow,” she said.
The task force is pushing for the CCPA to be passed and signed into law this year. The problem, Adler said, is that the governor is not prioritizing it.
“So it’s really up to the people,” she said. “I think most people do support it, it’s just a lot of people don’t know about it.”
The second task force is now looking at ways to encourage co-ops and public buildings to “make the plunge to go solar.” That task is often difficult because people “fear the unknown,” she said.
Clear Energy Solar meets on the first Friday of every month at 2nd Story Pilates + Yoga in Jackson Heights, located at 81-10 37th Avenue, from 7 to 9 p.m.