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Founded in 1989, Citizens Campaign Fund for the Environment is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) environmental organization providing sound scientific information and research to support prudent governmental policies and environmental practices and promoting environmental justice and environmental education to benefit residents of New York, Connecticut, and the Nation.


Featured Work

From creating a first-in-the-nation drug take-back program at supermarkets to building support for offshore wind in New York to reducing sewage pollution, CCFE is currently implementing some exciting and innovative projects.

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Annual Gala

Each year, CCFE holds an Environmental Equinox Gala, where we join stakeholders, elected officials, businesses, and the public to celebrate a year's worth of victories and honor environmental leaders.

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Our Sister Organization

CCFE is the research and education affiliate of Citizens Campaign for the Environment (CCE), an 80,000 member non-profit, non-partisan advocacy organization that works to protect public health and the natural environment.

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Our Work

CCFE is the research and education affiliate of Citizens Campaign for the Environment (CCE) and works to increase public education, to undertake environmental and public health research, to disseminate sound information, and to promote prudent policies on issues affecting land and water resources. CCFE promotes the application of sound science in the setting of public policy, the enforcement of environmental laws, and the application of environmental regulations in New York, Connecticut, and the Nation.

Emerging Contaminants

New York and Connecticut waterways are testing positive for various emerging contaminants, including pharmaceuticals, pesticides, toxic flame retardants, Volatile Organic Chemicals (VOCs), and Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs). CCFE works to educate the public on how these chemicals enter waterways and how to choose safer and healthier alternatives.

Endangered Species Protection

Climate change, invasive species, and water pollution all threaten biodiversity. CCFE works to protect specific species through research, education, and direct actions, including annual volunteer events to protect piping plover nests. CCFE also works to conserve habitats, including old growth forests, wetlands, spawning grounds, and more, that are essential to the survival of many threatened and endangered species.

Energy

In the face of global climate change, CCFE works to educate stakeholders and the public on the adverse impact our society reliance on fossil fuels, with a particular focus on the risks of hydrofracking in New York. Focusing on solutions, CCFE promotes renewable energy projects and policies, including solar and offshore wind power.

Farming Future

Agriculture sustains our communities and bodies, but large concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) can put local farmers out of business and produce waste that, if not properly managed, can contaminate drinking water, sicken individuals, and impair fisheries. CCFE works to educate the public on the benefits of local agriculture and farmland preservation, as well as educate stakeholders on the environmental, health, and economic impacts of CAFOs.

Green Infrastructure

When it rains or snows, water flows over impervious surfaces, picking up pollutants and washing them into nearby waterways. To combat this problem, CCFE works with business, homeowners, and municipalities to implement green infrastructure practices, which help prevent polluted stormwater runoff, capture rainfall, and reduce flooding.

Plastic Pollution

CCFE works to reduce two sources of harmful plastic pollution: plastic bags and plastic microbeads. Plastic bags and other marine debris harm 267 species of wildlife, while microbeads—tiny plastic beads found in soaps and toothpastes—are an emerging contaminant in local water bodies. CCFE educates the public on the importance of switching to reusable bags and of choosing microbead-free products.

Water Protection

The waterways that New York and Connecticut residents rely on are threatened by sewage overflows, invasive species, pharmaceutical contamination, polluted stormwater runoff, climate change, insufficient funding, and more. To protect the Great Lakes, CCFE educates the public and policymakers about the threats to the lakes and works to advance the Great Lakes Action Agenda. On Long Island, CCFE works with Long Island Sound Study Citizens Advisory Committee (LIS CAC) and the South Shore Estuary Reserve Citizens Advisory Committee (SSER CAC), as well as conducting several educational campaigns aimed at protecting Long Island's drinking and surface waters.


 Annual Reporting

To learn more about CCFE's progress on these and other campaigns, check out our annual reports:

Educational Materials

CCFE conducts environmental education for a broad range of stakeholders including school children, the general public and important government decision makers. Using direct community outreach, web-based outreach, community presentations, public service announcements, educational materials, and more, CCFE provides the public with information on priority environmental issues. CCFE also develops white papers and fact sheets that target key government decision makers in order to provide them with sound scientific information that will inform sound policies.

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Annual Gala

In 2005, CCFE began hosting an annual Environmental Equinox Gala to honor leaders on environmental issues and celebrate a year's worth of victories and accomplishments. The equinox is the time of year when the sun crosses the equator and the length of the day equals the length of the night on all parts of the earth. The equinox is a symbol of achieving environmental and societal harmony, which is why CCFE chooses this date each year to bring together stakeholders, elected officials, scientists, members of the public, advocates, and businesses devoted to this principle.

Past Gala Honorees

  • Assemblyman Robert Sweeney

  • Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman

  • Bedell Cellars

  • Carol Murphy, Alliance for Clean Energy NY

  • Congressman Steve Israel

  • Congressman Timothy Bishop

  • Dr. Chris Gobler, Stony Brook University

  • Dr. Nathalia Rogers, Dowling College

  • HSBC Bank

  • John Durso, Long Island Federation of Labor AFL-CIO

  • Josh Fox

  • Katherine Kennedy, NRDC

  • Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano

  • Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi

  • Richard Kessel, President of the NY Power Authority

  • Bob Keeler, Newsday Editorial Board

  • Rob Weltner, President of Operation SPLASH

  • Roger Clayman, Long Island Federation of Labor AFL-CIO

  • Town of Huntington Supervisor Frank Petrone

  • Whole Foods Markets 

 Support Us

Thank you for contributing to Citizens Campaign Fund for the Environment!

Citizens Campaign Fund for the Environment (CCFE) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) environmental organization providing sound scientific information and research to support prudent governmental policies and environmental practices and promoting environmental justice and environmental education to benefit residents of New York, Connecticut, and the Nation.

CCFE is the sister organization of Citizens Campaign for the Environment, and contributions to CCFE are tax-decuctible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

Your support will allow CCFE to further its work to build a strong foundation for environmental policy by conducting thorough research, educational outreach, and grassroots organizing. Your support is reflected in the success of the organization. Thank you.


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Planned Giving

CCE has a variety of planned giving options. Please call Valerie Virgona at 516-390-7150 or email her at vvirgona@citizenscampaign.org.

Workplace Giving

One of the most simple and efficient ways to support Citizens Campaign Fund for the Environment is through an EarthShare of New York workplace giving campaign.

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We would welcome your feedback, questions, and support, so please contact us at any time.

Our Staff

Adrienne Esposito
Executive Director
aesposito@citizenscampaign.org

Brian Smith
Associate Executive Director
bsmith@citizenscampaign.org

Maureen Dolan Murphy
Executive Programs Manager
mmurphy@citizenscampaign.org

Mary Ellen Dour
Financial Director
mdour@citizenscampaign.org

Hanna Ring
Central New York Program Coordinator
hring@citizenscampaign.org

Louis W. Burch
Connecticut Program Director
lburch@citizenscampaign.org

Jordan Christensen
Hudson Valley Program Coordinator
jchristensen@citizenscampaign.org

Offices

Long Island/Metro New York

225 Main Street, Suite 2
Farmingdale, NY 11735
Phone: 516-390-7150
Fax: 516-390-7160

Central New York/Finger Lakes

2000 Teall Avenue, Suite #204
Syracuse, NY 13206
Phone: 315-472-1339
Fax: 315-299-8181

Western New York/Southern Tier

733 Delaware Road, Box 140 
Buffalo, NY 14223
Phone: 716-831-3206

Connecticut

2404 Whitney Avenue, 2nd Floor
Hamden, CT 06518
Phone: 203-821-7050
Fax: 203-821-7057


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