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Getting Widespread Buy-In For Benchmarking Is Key To Greener Buildings

Submitted by Elizabeth Mooney on Thu, 2013-10-03 13:18.

As New York prepares for a new mayor and new faces on the City Council, the Friends of Benchmarking has released its Second Year Benchmarking White Paper, sponsored by the Sallan Foundation.


New Yorkers Elect A Pro-Environment Public Advocate

Submitted by Dan Hendrick on Thu, 2013-10-03 12:10.

Democratic voters on Tuesday elected an environmental champion as the next Public Advocate.

Because she faces on Republican opposition in the general election, Letitia James is all but assured of taking her place as the first African-American woman in a citywide post.


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Solution to Pollution: A Public Forum On Long Island's Water

Submitted by Erin Brown on Thu, 2013-09-26 15:13.

"Toxic Tides and Pesticides and Sewage, Oh My!" is the subject of a community forum at Farmingdale State College, hosted by a collaboration of environmental groups including Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Long Island Pine Barrens Society, Group for the East End and The Nature Conservancy.


NYLCV Blog | Filed Under: Water,Suffolk, Nassau, Long Island | Read More >

Solar Shines On In NYC

Submitted by Erin Brown on Thu, 2013-09-26 14:12.

Solar energy is fast becoming a bright spot in New York City's energy profile.

Some two-thirds of New York's buildings are  suitable for solar  panelsSome two-thirds of New York's buildings are suitable for solar panelsNew Yorkers added 5.3 megawatts of solar during the first half of this year, with the borough of Queens taking the lead, according to Sustainable CUNY.


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

NYLCV Fundraiser Supports Albany Mayoral Candidate

Submitted by Erin Brown on Thu, 2013-09-26 13:30.

Many people know NYLCV as an organization that makes environmental endorsements.

Our successful event raised funds to support  Kathy Sheehan's candidacy for Albany  mayor.Our successful event raised funds to support Kathy Sheehan's candidacy for Albany mayor.But NYLCV also has a political action committee -- which we think is a pretty "super" green PAC -- that directly helps put environmental leaders into office. 


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Buffalo River Cleanup To Resume

Submitted by Elizabeth Mooney on Thu, 2013-09-26 12:01.

The renaissance continues on what was once one of America's most polluted rivers.


NYLCV Blog | Filed Under: Water,Central & Western NY | Read More >

Ron Gonen Rocks Out With NYLCV's Young Professionals

Submitted by Dan Hendrick on Thu, 2013-09-19 13:31.

NYLCV held our first Young Professionals Mixer of the fall season on Monday at New York City's Revision Lounge.

Ron Gonen, right, spoke about New York City's  solid waste innovations.Ron Gonen, right, spoke about New York City's solid waste innovations.And judging by the record crowd and rapt attention paid to our guest speaker, Ron Gonen, the event was a rousing success. 


Cuomo Administration Comes To Rescue Of Solar Program

Submitted by Jinwoo Hong on Thu, 2013-09-19 12:46.

Solar energy can continue to shine on Long Island, thanks to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's help.

The number of LIPA customers signing up for  the solar rebate program has tripled this  year.The number of LIPA customers signing up for the solar rebate program has tripled this year.The Long Island Power Authority recently announced that it would end its popular solar rebate program because funding had dried up. 


Environmental Staff Cuts Linked To Reduced Inspections

Submitted by Jinwoo Hong on Thu, 2013-09-19 12:30.
A series of budget cuts has hindered New York State’s ability to enforce the federal Clean Water and Clean Air Acts, and other environmental protections.

DEC Commissioner Joe Martens has acknowledged  short staffing, especially in the water resources  oversight.DEC Commissioner Joe Martens has acknowledged short staffing, especially in the water resources oversight.That's the conclusion of a new report by Environmental Advocates of New York -- called

Fracking's Methane Leaks May Have Been Overestimated

Submitted by Elizabeth Mooney on Wed, 2013-09-18 17:28.

At least a million tons of methane escape yearly from new hydraulic fracturing wells, but containment measures capture the other 99 percent before release, according to new findings published this week.


 

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