Elizabeth Moran

Policy Advocate Northeast Office


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Elizabeth Moran is a policy advocate based in the Northeast Office.

Liz Moran joined the Earthjustice team in September 2021. Based in New York’s Capital Region, Liz advocates for policies to combat the climate crisis, protect water quality, keep public health and the environment safe from toxic chemicals, and to create more sustainable food and farming practices.

She brings to the organization a decade of experience organizing communities and advocating for bold environmental policies in the halls of Albany. Over the course of her career, by working alongside impacted communities, her efforts have led to numerous victories, including the creation of New York’s multibillion-dollar Clean Water Infrastructure Act, the adoption of New York’s drinking water standards for PFOA, PFOS, and 1,4-dioxane, the closure of New York’s hazardous waste loophole for oil and gas waste, and more.

Prior to joining Earthjustice, Liz served as the Environmental Policy Director with the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG). There, she led the organization’s campaigns on fighting climate change, protecting water quality, and reducing solid waste. The role was a return to the organization – she got her start in environmental advocacy with NYPIRG as a college student, where she held the roles of Public Policy Associate and Vice Chair of the Board. Before her return to NYPIRG, Liz worked at Environmental Advocates NY as their Water & Natural Resources Director from 2014 to 2018. In that capacity, she led the organization’s advocacy efforts on fracking, water pollution, land use and conservation, and invasive species issues.

Liz holds a B.A. in Environmental Science from the University at Albany.

The Latest from Elizabeth Moran

March 22, 2024

In the News: City & State, New York

NY lawmakers focused on environmental legislation this week

“Last year we really saw a remarkable sequence of events, where we had the wildfire smoke from Canada that made the air quality in New York unsafe to breathe, smoky for days. Not long after that, we had unprecedented flooding that led to the shutdown of the MTA and Metro-North and people were stranded, and then we saw a heatwave. On top of all that, utility bills are going up across the state, and that’s because of our reliance on gas.”
March 19, 2024

In the News: WGRZ

Debate over natural gas bill heating up in Albany

"Every provision of the NY Heat Act is an affordability provision. Because right now, we are subsidizing the expansion of the gas system."
February 13, 2024

In the News: Canary Media

New York could rewrite its relationship to fossil gas with this bill

“The affordability provisions and the timelines for implementation are really important elements that the governor’s proposal left out. We still have a ways to go when it comes to negotiating the budget.”
January 22, 2024

In the News: Newsday

NYS lawmakers seek to end the 100-foot rule for natural gas hookups

“It’s going to be very challenging to do that if we leave the public service law as it is, which is extremely preferential to gas. It’s dated.”
December 7, 2023

In the News: WENY

A Push for the New York Heat Act

“NY Heat is a really important policy that will one, help New Yorkers save money on their energy bills, and two, help the state have a plan to stop expanding a very expensive and dangerous gas system.”

Article by Elise Kline

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul speaks at a podium with the seal of New York behind her.
September 28, 2023

Tens of thousands demanded climate action in NYC during Climate Week. Here’s how Governor Kathy Hochul can lead.

The governor should deliver on three key actions to transition New York State off of fossil fuels
September 7, 2023

In the News: Lockport Union & Sun Journal

Hochul, DEC urged to deny air permit for NT crypto mine

“We need to stop relying on fossil fuels to address the climate crisis. Cryptocurrency mining keeps us in the hole, it does not dig us out.”
May 12, 2023

In the News: Empire State of Carbon

We Just Won Climate!

Breaking down the All-Electric Building Act, Build Public Renewables Act, and Cap & Invest Fund policies, and the coalitions who won them
December 3, 2022

In the News: WAMC

Earthjustice's Liz Moran discusses NY crypto moratorium law

On New York State's new cryptocurrency mining law
March 30, 2022

A new mining industry threatens New York State’s environment and climate goals

Proof-of-work crypto miners have set up shop in New York, consuming tremendous energy from New York’s grid and refiring once dormant fossil fuel-burning power plants.
January 29, 2022

In the News: Politico

Cryptocurrency industry fights proposed NY moratorium

“A moratorium on fossil fuels is a common sense first step, but we would like to see the state go farther and evaluate the potential environmental harms of the industry as a whole.”
January 13, 2022

In the News: City & State: New York

Hydrogen: Climate change friend or foe?

“There’s going to be a role for green hydrogen; we’re going to need to look into this. But it needs to be done very carefully.”
January 9, 2022

In the News: WAMC

Earthjustice's Liz Moran discusses Gov. Hochul's climate plans

December 6, 2021

In the News: City & State

Will New York Democrats push a progressive climate agenda this session?

“We are at a really critical juncture when it comes to meeting the state’s climate goals.”
October 16, 2021

In the News: Associated Press

Bitcoin-mining power plant raises ire of environmentalists

“The current state of our climate demands action on cryptocurrency mining. We are jeopardizing the state’s abilities to meet our climate goals, and we set the stage for the rest of the country as a result.”
October 13, 2021

In the News: Spectrum News

Greenidge Generation permit renewal draws supporters, critics over cryptocurrency mining

“This is the first opportunity for New York state to evaluate proof-of-work cryptocurrency mining and how it could impact our climate goals.”