How Scores Are Calculated

Legislators’ grades are calculated using ratings developed by EPL/Environmental Advocates’ sister organization, Environmental Advocates of New York. Legislators earn between 1 and 3 points respectively for votes in support of bills rated by Environmental Advocates of New York as 1, 2, or 3 “tree” bills. Tree-rated bills are those that will benefit the environment. Legislators earn between 1 and 3 points respectively for votes against bills that are given a rating of 1, 2, or 3 “smokestacks.” Smokestack-rated bills are those that will harm the environment.

Legislators who miss more than 20 percent of votes receive a score of incomplete (INC).