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Wells College graduate returns to give sustainability lecture

A Wells College alumna recognized the state's mission to protect the environment despite the Trump administration's cutting of regulations that protected land, air, water and health, rolling back many Obama-era policies.

Rachel Partington is an attorney for Knauf Shaw LLP, a law firm that concentrates on environmental and energy law. A 2013 Wells College graduate, she returned to her alma mater Monday to lecture about environmental policy and sustainable land use in New York.

Partington pointed out to the audience that even though environmental regulations have been rolled back, New York has been putting up a fight, starting with State Energy Plan.

The 2015 document pledges some bold initiatives to secure a healthy living environment. One of the initiatives includes a push to have 50 percent of the state's electricity come from renewable energy by 2030 and reducing greenhouse emissions by 40 percent from 1990 levels. New York has made a $1.4 billion commitment to support its SEP, the largest of its kind in the country.

Local governments in New York are also doing their part — at least they're supposed to. Most projects and activities proposed in the state require a governmental body to identify an activity's impact on the environment as prescribed by the State Environmental Quality Review Act.

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