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From PlaNYC to OneNYC: New York's Evolving Sustainability Policy

One of the signature accomplishments of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's 12 years as mayor was the development and implementation of New York City's first sustainability plan: PlaNYC 2030. Mayor Bloomberg saw projections of New York's...

Posted May 1, 2015    

Earth Day's Importance and Evolution Since 1970

This Wednesday was Earth Day, an event that began in 1970 with the goals of educating the public about environmental pollution and generating political support for environmental protection. The U.S. EPA was established that same year. Five years...

Posted April 23, 2015    

Deep Sea Drilling Rules and the Transition from Fossil Fuels

The Department of the Interior will soon issue rules for new (not existing) oil drilling operations set to be released on the 5th anniversary of the deadly explosion of a BP oil drilling operation in the Gulf of Mexico. According to Coral Davenport...

Posted April 15, 2015    

California Dreaming: Drought and Development

As the northeastern United States fights a losing battle to maintain its population, California, the Southwest and Florida continue to grow like there's no tomorrow. Only there will be a tomorrow. And more people, changing patterns of rainfall, and...

Posted April 8, 2015    

The Emergence and Importance of President Obama's Climate Policy

In a quiet and low-key move last week, President Obama took what may turn out to be one of the most significant steps he has ever taken to reduce greenhouse emissions. As reported by Julie Hirschfeld Davis in the New York Times, the president signed...

Posted March 25, 2015    

The Divestment Distraction and a Positive Vision of Sustainability

The environmental community has long needed to stop bad things from happening and over time has developed the mindset that the job of environmental protection is to avert damage and destruction. Emerging naturally from that mindset is the tactic...

Posted March 17, 2015    

Sustainability Planning in New York City: Let's Build on the Path-Breaking Work of the Bloomberg Team

One of the signature, legacy accomplishments of Michael Bloomberg's time as New York's mayor was PlaNYC 2030, the city's path-breaking sustainability plan. This plan and the metrics established to monitor its implementation were an important part of...

Posted March 13, 2015    

Energy Technology: Deploy What We Have vs. Build Something New

Last week, the American Energy Innovation Council, a group of six prominent business leaders, including Bill Gates, issued a report maintaining that the U.S. government is spending far too little on energy research. As Justin Gillis reported in the...

Posted March 4, 2015    

Preventing Sea Level Rise in New York City While Cleaning the Air in India and China

Last week, the New York City Panel on Climate Change predicted a hot and stormy future for the city that never sleeps. Apparently, by the end of the century New Yorkers will have ample reason to lose sleep. I view these projections as possible yet...

Posted February 25, 2015    

Educating Sustainability Professionals: Learning By Doing

For many years, law schools, medical schools, social work schools and public policy schools have performed pro bono services as an integral part of their teaching and learning processes. As Columbia University's Earth Institute works with schools at...

Posted February 20, 2015    

Studying Sustainable Finance

In my view, there are four key elements of green finance:The first is to develop private financial instruments and techniques, along with public policies to help attract capital to the sustainable elements of the economy.The second is to identify,...

Posted February 10, 2015    

The Defeat of Climate Denial

Over the past weekend, a poll was released indicating that Americans have conclusively rejected climate denial and understand the reality of climate change. According to New York Times reporters Coral Davenport and Marjorie Connelly:An overwhelming...

Posted February 4, 2015