EcoPolitics Daily: Offering an environmental angle on New York's political scene.
Submitted by Susan Torres on Fri, 2015-05-22 14:34.
Microbeads have been getting a lot of attention lately. New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has called for more regulation on the tiny plastic beads found in many face soaps, toothpastes, body washes, and other cosmetic products. A proposed bill in the New York Assembly would phase out their use as well. But the best proof that this issue is gaining traction is that it was recently featured on Buzzfeed.
Submitted by Susan Torres on Fri, 2015-05-22 11:21.
In Early May the New York Times ran an extensive expose on the abuse and dangers going on in the nail industry in New York City.
Submitted by Susan Torres on Fri, 2015-05-15 13:06.
While providing residents with parking spaces sounds great on the surface, residential parking also makes rent less affordable and negatively impacts traffic. Seattle is looking to rectify this issue by looking into providing tenants with a host of travel alternatives rather than just a place to park the car.
Submitted by Susan Torres on Thu, 2015-05-14 15:19.Over 8,000 food-cart vendors sell everything from hot dogs to halal food on New York’s streets everyday. And now hundreds of those carts are set to become much greener, thanks to a pilot-program announced this week by the City Council and MOVE Systems.
Submitted by Susan Torres on Thu, 2015-05-14 13:22.
Imagine knowing the best time of day to run your appliances so you're only using electricity during the most efficient part of the day. Advanced meters could make this possible by providing data to homeowners so electricity use could be cut back during peak times.
Submitted by Susan Torres on Wed, 2015-05-13 16:46.
On Monday, May 11th Westchester got one step closer to having safe, healthy toys on its shelves. The Westchester County Board of Legislators passed the Toxic-Free Toys Act by a 16-0 vote. The bill will eliminate dangerous chemicals and heavy metals currently present on store shelves in the area.
Submitted by Susan Torres on Fri, 2015-05-08 13:42.
Replacing ubiquitous streetlights with more energy-efficient LEDs is saving some towns millions in energy bills. Yonkers saves $1 million a year thanks to the efficiency upgrade. However, Syracuse and many other Upstate cities can't switch their lights.
Submitted by Susan Torres on Fri, 2015-05-08 10:33.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) food waste is the largest component of landfills. Americans waste an estimated 34 million tons of food a year. Some innovative ways to combat this growing problem are coming from a somewhat unlikely source - baseball stadiums.
Submitted by Susan Torres on Fri, 2015-05-01 13:56.
The local food movement has been growing for years, but to make sure New York City residents - and all of New York State - have access to local food, we need to get to work now. That's why the New York City Council recently wrote a letter urging Mayor de Blasio to invest in conservation efforts in the Hudson Valley and beyond.
Submitted by Susan Torres on Fri, 2015-05-01 11:44.
On Earth Day, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his plans for One New York, his update to PlaNYC. In it he calls for "Zero Waste" which would reduce New York City's solid waste by 90 percent by 2030. This ambitious goal will take a lot of planning and there isn't one easy solution that will get us there.
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