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Gov. Andrew Cuomo's 2019 State of the State address delivered Tuesday included an environmental agenda with about 20 proposals. 

One section, called New York's Green New Deal, includes proposals furthering the state's climate change leadership and directly countering what Cuomo considers the presidential administration's "assault on the environment."

Here is a brief synopsis, pulled from the State of the State book of his proposed environmental initiatives:

• Mandate 100-percent clean power by 2040

• Create a statutory Climate Action Council "to develop a plan to make New York carbon neutral"

•A $1.5 billion investment in the clean tech economy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

• Expand NY Green Bank and catalyze at least $1 billion in private capital for clean energy projects

• Chart a path to make state building stock carbon neutral

• Direct state agencies to work on decarbonizing investment funds and invest in clean energy

• Increase carbon sequestration and meet U.S. Climate Alliance Natural and Working Lands Challenge

• Create a carbon-to-value innovation agenda and establish the CarbonWorks Foundry, a group of experts and academic institutions working on carbon harvesting technology

• Help underserved communities adapt to climate change and establish clean energy initiatives

• Create a fund to help communities impacted by the transition of conventional energy to clean energy

• Support workforce development and protect labor rights for clean energy jobs

• Make the state a national hub for offshore wind and deploy 9,000 megawatts by 2035

• Expand bottle collection to include most nonalcoholic drinks

• Ban single-use plastic bags

• Protect the coast from offshore drilling

• Establish a $10 billion Green Future Fund, broken down to include $5 billion for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure, $3 billion for renewable energy and clean transportation and $2 billion for parks, public lands and resiliency

• Continue $300 million Environmental Protection Fund to protect natural resources and drive job creation

• Call on SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry to convene a consortium to help communities adapt to climate change

• Make New York an eco-tourism destination

• Expand parks and the Empire State Trail in the Hudson Valley

In addition to these proposals, Cuomo highlighted safeguards to public health, including more labeling and consumer education about toxic chemicals in everyday household products.

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Reporter Gwendolyn Craig can be reached at (518) 742-3238 or gcraig@poststar.com. Follow her on Twitter @gwendolynnn1

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