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New York City's de Blasio Administration and the Path to 80 Percent Greenhouse Gas Reductions

December 10, 2014 by Steven Cohen
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Although it took almost a year to get there, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has put in place the third critical piece of the city's sustainability leadership. Last week, he appointed Nilda Mesa, an experienced sustainability professional, as the first director of a new Office of Sustainability.[read more]

Boston, New York City Winter Natural Gas Prices Expected to Remain High

November 30, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Urban Fuel Sources and Natural Gas

Despite expectations of a milder winter for 2014, marketers anticipate high prices for natural gas in Boston and New York City. Natural gas prices are expected to be lower than last winter, but higher than the average of previous winters, particularly in Boston.[read more]

A Key Lesson from Superstorm Sandy: We Still Need a Rainy Day Fund

November 7, 2014 by Steven Cohen

We now live in a in a more crowded country where people are more frequently in the pathway of hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, forest fires, droughts and other natural and human-made disasters. When a disaster occurs every month, we can no longer consider them an emergency, but a regular, routine event.[read more]

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Will 2016 Be the Turning Point for Batteries in NYC?

October 21, 2014 by Matthew Windt
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With the potential closure of the Indian Point nuclear facility looming, Consolidated Edison (ConEd) in collaboration with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) put forth a plan to reduce peak loads for the New York city area.[read more]

Mayor Bill de Blasio Pivots Toward a Sustainable New York City

September 25, 2014 by Steven Cohen

Nine months into his mayoralty, with over 300,000 climate marchers having massed in Manhattan, and a U.N. climate meeting just finished, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio decided the time was right to renew the city's sustainability effort.[read more]

Marching to Make the Urgency for Climate Action Clear

September 21, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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People's Climate March

Climate change is no longer a far-off peril, it’s here and now. From Hurricane Sandy on the U.S. east coast to the horrific Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, from rising seas to widespread droughts, wildfires, floods and famine, climate change is taking a growing and grievous toll on our lives.[read more]

New York City's History-Making Recycling Law Turns 25 Years Old, Part III

August 14, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

NYC and Recycling

In December 2013, the Sanitation Department was collecting recyclables from New York City residences and institutions at a rate of just over 16%; and it is just about the same today. In view of the ambitious intentions of the city’s landmark recycling statute this is discouraging. But it doesn’t tell the whole story.[read more]

Will de Blasio and Cuomo Make Sustainability a Higher Priority?

August 12, 2014 by Steven Cohen
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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has allowed the Mayor's Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability to lose nearly all of its talented staff, while New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is using capital funds meant to finance environmental facilities to help pay for the Tappan Zee Bridge.[read more]

New York City's History-Making Recycling Law Turns 25 Years Old, Part II

August 12, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

NYC Recycling Program

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who took office in 2002, compiled an impressive track record in addressing environmental health and sustainability issues in New York City. But he didn’t start off as a big fan of recycling or of Local Law 19 of 1989, the City’s recycling Magna Carta.[read more]

New York City's History-Making Recycling Law Turns 25 Years Old

August 2, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

NYC Recycling Program

New York City’s landmark recycling statute -- which provided residents here with curbside collection of recyclables for the first time in modern history and generated momentum for stepped-up recycling in cities around the nation -- is celebrating its 25th birthday this summer.[read more]

Hurricane Sandy Is Ushering in a Smarter Power System

July 31, 2014 by Daniel Kammen
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Hurricane Sandy brought devastation and loss to the Eastern seaboard. The storm exposed the severe vulnerability of our electricity infrastructure and made global headlines as a harbinger of nature’s impacts in a climate changed world. Beyond the shock, New Yorkers found a silver lining in the destruction.[read more]

Con Ed Looks to Batteries, Microgrids, and Efficiency to Delay $1B Substation Build

July 26, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

Consolidated Edison is taking a new approach to delivering reliable power that is as radical as the gentrification sweeping New York’s outer boroughs. Con Ed filed a proposal for a Brooklyn/Queens Demand Management Program, or BQDM, that it hopes can defer the cost of building a $1 billion substation.[read more]

The Big Apple Embraces Long-Duration Energy Storage

May 6, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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Embracing Energy Storage

A little over two years ago we reported that utility-scale energy storage could be just “around the corner” thanks to innovative flow-battery technology that relies on a rare earth mineral called vanadium. Well, that vision leapt closer to reality last week.[read more]

Bloomberg Challenges Multifamily Buildings to Reduce Energy Waste: NYC Real Estate Industry Accepts

January 3, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

NYC Building Waste

Some good news out of the departing Bloomberg Administration in NYC – citywide climate change pollution is down 19% since 2005. This means that the city is already nearly two-thirds of the way toward reaching its PlaNYC goal.[read more]

New York City Takes 250,000 Steps Toward Energy Efficiency

November 2, 2013 by Kristopher Settle

NYC Streetlight Efficiency

Last week NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan announced a new effort to replace the city’s current amber streetlights for white, more energy-efficient light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs throughout the five boroughs.[read more]