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State Of The State: Not Much Green

Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 2014-01-09 23:45.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivered his fourth State of the State address in Albany on Wednesday. Although the governor outlined an agenda for the year that included important proposals on climate resiliency and clean energy, there was little mention of the environment otherwise.


How Knowledge Can Save Power

Submitted by Bridget Moffatt on Thu, 2014-01-09 10:20.

New York City's "Benchmarking Law" helps provide building owners and tenants with a better understanding of their energy consumption.

Benchmarking helps buildings set a course  that will reduce their energy  consumption.Benchmarking helps buildings set a course that will reduce their energy consumption.The idea behind the law is to motivate a shift to more high-performance buildings with increased energy efficiency.


NYLCV Blog | Filed Under: Energy,New York City | Read More >

Early Indications About De Blasio's Green Plans

Submitted by Dan Hendrick on Thu, 2014-01-02 17:25.

With a new year come new opportunities. That is especially true for the 109th mayor of New York City, who took office on Wednesday.

Mayor De Blasio named Polly Trottenberg as  Transportation  Commissioner.Mayor De Blasio named Polly Trottenberg as Transportation Commissioner.A range of environmental challenges and opportunities await Mayor de Blasio as he and the new administration settle into City Hall. 


What Should Gov. Cuomo Talk About In State Of The State?

Submitted by Dan Hendrick on Thu, 2014-01-02 14:44.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo will deliver his fourth State of the State address next Wednesday in Albany. The address gives the governor an opportunity to outline his vision for the year - the initiatives he plans to launch and the milestones he hopes to achieve.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo will give his State of the  State address on Jan.  8.Gov. Andrew Cuomo will give his State of the State address on Jan. 8.So, what should his address include from a sustainability perspective?


At Final 2013 Meeting, NYC Council Approves Green Bills

Submitted by Dan Hendrick on Thu, 2013-12-19 18:25.

The New York City Council held its final stated meeting of 2013 on Wednesday, a milestone that marked the end of a busy year but also the end of many City Council members' terms, including that of Speaker Christine Quinn.

The New York City Council approved dozens of  important environmental bills in  2013.The New York City Council approved dozens of important environmental bills in 2013.The final meeting, which lasted several hours, was a long one, but also a productive one for the environment. 

The City Council greenlighted three of NYLCV's priorities:


Westchester Drops One Environmental Postion, Keeps Another

Submitted by Dan Hendrick on Thu, 2013-12-19 17:14.

A budget was adopted this week in Westchester County and among the vetoes announced by County Executive Rob Astorino was one environmental position.


NYLCV Blog | Filed Under: Funding, Energy,Westchester | Read More >

Power Plant Stays Open, On Condition Of Fuel Change

Submitted by Bridget Moffatt on Thu, 2013-12-19 15:36.

A struggling power plant near Buffalo can stay open -- but on condition that it make the switch to a cleaner fuel.


New Program Helps Westchester Businesses Go Green

Submitted by Bridget Moffatt on Thu, 2013-12-19 11:18.

The Westchester Green Business Challenge has launched a new program to help businesses take the next step in their process to "go green."


Advocates Call On Cuomo To Ramp Up Wind Energy

Submitted by Dan Hendrick on Thu, 2013-12-19 10:38.

Community leaders, elected officials and environmental advocates gathered outside Governor Cuomo's Long Island office on Wednesday to deliver nearly 13,000 petitions demanding bold action to make New York a national leader in wind power.

Wind power can be a key part of New York's  strategy to meet its renewable-energy and emissions  goals.Wind power can be a key part of New York's strategy to meet its renewable-energy and emissions goals.Wind energy is near and dear to us at NYLCV -- clean energy will be a focus area of our advocacy and political work in 2014. 


NYLCV Blog | Filed Under: Energy,Statewide, Suffolk, Long Island | Read More >

Albany's Incoming Mayor To Head Transportation Planning Committee

Submitted by Dan Hendrick on Thu, 2013-12-12 17:56.

Albany's new Mayor-elect Kathy Sheehan -- one of NYLCV's endorsed candidates -- has been elected as the next chair for the Capital District Transportation Committee.


 

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