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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]

New York: Green Before It Was Cool, and Still Finding New Ways to Cut Waste

October 26, 2013 by Peter Lehner

New York City and Waste

I’ve been very privileged to work on behalf of New York’s environment for decades. I was recently asked to assess, a year in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, how we’re doing in terms of building a more sustainable, resilient region.[read more]

New York City Council Votes on Legislation on Sustainable Food Waste Disposal

September 15, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

New York City and Waste Disposal

The New York City Council is scheduled to vote on important legislation that would lock in major environmental advances in the collection of food scraps and yard waste and other organic disposed items in the nation’s largest city.[read more]

Spectra Natural Gas Pipeline: Another Controversy?

May 13, 2013 by Bill Chameides

proposed Spectra natural gas pipeline

A new pipeline promises new natural gas supplies for New York City. Some tout the economic and environmental benefits that will come from it. Others decry the potential problems it brings.[read more]

Clean Energy for NYC? $2.2 Billion Electric Pipeline Gets State Approval

April 20, 2013 by Kristopher Settle
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clean energy for NYC?

The pipeline will transfer one gigawatt, or 1000 megawatts, across the border to assist in providing electricity for the Big Apple. This project represents a sizable 10% increase in electric capacity for the New York City region.[read more]

Over One Billion Served: USGBC, LEED Hits Square-Foot Landmark, Keep Rolling

December 10, 2010 by Stephen Del Percio

Get far enough behind, and everything converges and a sort of amorphous, daunting impossibility. In a sense, there’s something good about the way in which this has come down on me, recently, here at GBNYC. It’s been awfully quiet around here of late, as you’ve probably noticed, for all the familiar, prosaic, suffocating and plain-crappy...[read more]