Kavanagh Discusses Environmental Legislation at Tropical Hardwoods Forum

May 29, 2009
Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh spoke at a May 29, 2009 forum sponsored by the environmental advocacy group Rainforest Relief and held at the offices of Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer. The forum, “Materials for a New City: Alternatives to Tropical Hardwoods for Public Outdoor Infrastructure,” included State and City officials as well as advocates, policy experts, and producers and consumers of products that serve as alternatives to tropical hardwoods. Kavanagh discussed the bill he has introduced in the Assembly (A00478), which would tighten restrictions on procurement of tropical hardwoods by State and local agencies. While forests play a vital role in regulating the global climate and protecting our environment, New York State has minimal regulation of rainforest timber use in its products, including park benches, boardwalks, sea piles, and railroad tracks. Moreover, New York City stands as the single largest consumer of tropical hardwoods in North America. Kavanagh will continue to push for A00478 as well as other measures that encourage sustainable, environmentally friendly practices.