EcoPolitics Daily: Offering an environmental angle on New York's political scene.
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.
Submitted by Susan Torres on Fri, 2015-05-01 10:29.Governor Andrew Cuomo recently unveiled two new proposals to help protect New York State’s wildlife. Last week, the governor announced the establishment of an inter-agency task force to develop a Pollinator Protection Plan to promote the health and recovery of pollinator populations in the state.
Submitted by Susan Torres on Fri, 2015-04-24 10:57.
Last week, State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli and New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer sent a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), calling on the SEC chairman to force fossil fuel companies, “to enhance disclosure of the material risks climate change poses to their business and what steps they are taking to meet those challenges.”
Submitted by Susan Torres on Thu, 2015-04-23 16:12.
We're one step closer to a statewide ban on toxic chemicals in children's products. Last night, on Earth Day, the State Assembly overwhelmingly passed the Child Safe Products Act by a 102-29 vote.
Submitted by Susan Torres on Thu, 2015-04-16 14:57.
According to an analysis by Food and Water Watch, "Communities with more medium- and smaller-sized farms have more shared prosperity, including higher incomes, lower unemployment, and lower income inequality, than communities with larger farms tied to often-distant agribusinesses.”
Submitted by Susan Torres on Thu, 2015-04-16 13:20.
NYLCVEF and NYLCV have been advocating for the expansion of a Bus Rapid Transit system in New York City for months. Today, New York City took the first step in making BRT lines a reality by passing a bill that would require the NYC Department of Transportation to develop a plan for citywide expansion.
Submitted by Susan Torres on Wed, 2015-04-15 11:18.
As Hurricane Sandy drove home all too well, New York State is not ready for extreme weather and rising seas. Power was knocked out for more than 8 million residents, further illustrating how vulnerable our power grid is to climate change.
Submitted by Susan Torres on Fri, 2015-04-10 13:45.
Many homes in the Adirondacks use wood burning stoves to heat their homes and water. While it's easy for many people to chop their own wood for the fires, the stoves don't always burn efficiently, leading to air pollution.
Wood pellets are a great alternative energy source to old wood burning stoves. Wood pellets are made from sawdust created during lumber production, and compressed down into pellets that burn hotter and cleaner.
Submitted by Susan Torres on Thu, 2015-04-09 16:21.
Earth Day is just around the corner and it could mean big changes in New York City. This year, Mayor Bill de Blasio is using the day to announce his administration's updates for PlaNYC, which must be overhauled every four years.
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