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Yvonne Taylor named one New York’s most influential environmental advocates

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Yvonne Taylor, Vice President of Seneca Lake Guardian, has been recognized by City & State as one of New York’s most influential environmental advocates. She has led successful campaigns against several environmental threats, including denying the Greenidge Generation cryptomining facility’s air permit and securing New York’s first-ever cryptomining moratorium.


Taylor’s activism began in 2011 when she rallied hundreds of residents and businesses to oppose fracked gas storage and transport at a U.S. salt mine on Seneca Lake. She co-founded Seneca Lake Guardian five years later to protect the Finger Lakes region from pollution. Her efforts have contributed to the state Department of Environmental Conservation blocking Greenidge Generation’s air permit and soliciting public input for alternative solutions to the facility.

Now, Taylor is focusing on two new objectives: closing New York’s largest landfill, Seneca Meadows, by 2025, and implementing comprehensive statewide zero-waste legislation. “We’ll keep organizing our community until every New Yorker has access to the clean water, land, and air they deserve,” she said.