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Kit Kennedy, Counsel, Air and Energy Program, New York

Kit Kennedy

I first joined NRDC in 1988 after working for a federal judge for two years. In my early years, I had the chance to work on a wide range of great cross-cutting issues at NRDC, ranging from working to improve New York City’s sewage system and to reform its zoning code in my early years; fighting water pollution in the Hudson River; and bringing scores of enforcement cases across the country. In the second half of my NRDC career, I have focused on energy issues, with a focus on renewable energy, energy efficiency and power plant siting. In 2007, I left NRDC to become head of the Environmental Protection Bureau at the New York State Attorney General’s Office. I had the privilege to serve the Attorney General and the State of New York for three years, and to work on a diverse and challenging set of environmental issues across New York State and nationally. I recently returned to NRDC to help move forward our clean energy and global warming agenda at the federal level.

Recent Posts

Good Clean Energy News From Albany

Posted April 4, 2014 by Kit Kennedy in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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This week, there’s good, clean-energy news from Albany. And though it seemed for a while that our state’s leadership on clean energy might be threatened, New York is back on track. Here’s the first piece of good news. In the...continued

Another Court Victory for Cape Wind

Posted March 14, 2014 by Kit Kennedy in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Solving Global Warming

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Cape Wind is the first offshore wind project to be proposed and approved in the United States, but unsuccessful litigation by project opponents – largely funded by the oil and gas billionaire Bill Koch – has managed to slow the...continued

NY-Sun Helps Reduce Solar Prices By Supporting Collective Purchasing In New York

Posted March 6, 2014 by Kit Kennedy in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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This week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced $28.6 million in solar grants to be awarded under New York’s innovative NY-Sun Initiative, the governor’s landmark effort designed to build the state’s solar industry and drive down costs—to make solar more...continued

American Cities Innovate and Save Money on Efficiency, Thanks to Federal Stimulus Support

Posted February 28, 2014 by Kit Kennedy in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Whether it’s efficient street lights, retro-fitted buildings that cost less to heat or cool, or solar panels in the parking lot, cities across the country are gaining huge savings from an almost-forgotten federal investment in energy efficiency. Congress put $2.7...continued

New York State Colleges and Universities Lead The Way On Energy Efficiency

Posted January 27, 2014 by Kit Kennedy in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming

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As the mother of a student at one of New York’s many great colleges, and of a high school junior who’ll apply to college in the fall, I have a connection to the issues that are on college students’ minds...continued

New Pew Report Charts Military's Progress on Clean Energy

Posted January 23, 2014 by Kit Kennedy in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil

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As the nation’s largest energy purchaser and a trusted American institution with a critical mission, the Defense Department plays a huge role in the clean-energy sector. A new report from The Pew Charitable Trusts examines the military’s own adoption of...continued

Screwing Around with Efficiency: Congress' Cheap Light Bulb Stunt Could Be Costly for Consumers, Jobs and the Clean Energy Economy

Posted January 17, 2014 by Kit Kennedy in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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The $1.1 trillion-dollar budget bill just passed by Congress will avoid a government shutdown and fund the government until October, but it includes a couple of screwed-up provisions – called “riders” -- as concessions to conservative House members. One affects...continued

Budget Bill Light Bulb Enforcement Rider: Pointless Political Theater with Potential To Hurt American Manufacturers and Jobs

Posted January 14, 2014 by Kit Kennedy in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Solving Global Warming

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Congress is moving forward on a catch-all spending bill that restores some much needed funding for health and environment safeguards the American people depend on.   That’s good news.   But the bill also includes some misguided provisions or “riders” on climate...continued

Road Map to Clean Energy and Climate Initiatives in Governor Cuomo's 2014 State of the State Report

Posted January 8, 2014 by Kit Kennedy in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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Curbing global warming emissions and building the clean energy economy are critical to New York State’s future and the health and well-being of all New Yorkers.  In today’s State of the State event, Governor Cuomo announced some significant new clean...continued

Fresh Food, Clean Energy: The New Brooklyn Whole Foods is a Model of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Posted December 31, 2013 by Kit Kennedy in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Solving Global Warming

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This morning, I took the ten-minute stroll from my home in Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood to the new Brooklyn Whole Foods to pick up some ingredients for a New Year’s feast. The array of fresh produce is amazing, but that’s...continued

Skidmore College Brings on the Sun with New 2-Megawatt Solar Array

Posted December 13, 2013 by Kit Kennedy in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming

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Skidmore College is a top-flight liberal arts college in Saratoga Springs, in New York State’s Capital District. As with any fine college, it has its traditions and special features, including its annual College Comedy Festival, its internationally acclaimed journal of...continued

For Our Children--and the Economy--Congress Must Act Now to Continue Tax Incentives for Renewable Energy

Posted December 9, 2013 by Kit Kennedy in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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By Pierre Bull and Kit Kennedy Few of us have the tedious details of the U.S. tax code on our minds during this holiday season. But one of the best gifts Congress could give us—and future generations—would be to extend...continued

Israeli For-Profit Solar Developer with a Non-Profit Soul Increases the Light During Hanukah and Year-Round

Posted November 27, 2013 by Kit Kennedy in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming

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With Hanukah candles being lit in homes around the world—mine included—starting tonight, you might be interested to know about an early rabbinic debate that has great relevance for our world today.  (photo by Jordan Sangerman) In celebrating Hanukah, these early...continued

West Point Marches Forward on Clean Energy Goals

Posted November 25, 2013 by Kit Kennedy in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably

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For more than two centuries, the iconic U.S. Military Academy at West Point has educated and trained the U.S. Army’s leaders from its fortress location in the historic Hudson River Valley.  This is also the home of the modern environmental...continued

Siting Renewable Energy "Smart from the Start": A new Primer by NRDC and the Department of Defense Shows the Way

Posted November 20, 2013 by Kit Kennedy in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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Today NRDC and the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) released a joint renewable energy siting primer called “Working with the Department of Defense: Siting Renewable Energy Development.”  Here’s the reason for this partnership.  NRDC’s top priority is curbing global warming...continued

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