New York voters turned out on Election Day to deliver a resounding victory for the environment! Voters approved Proposition 1, the $4.2 billion Environmental Bond Act, and elected environmental champions up and down the ballot.
According to the annual Mayor’s Management Report, New York City’s Department of Sanitation has increased its recycling rate to 16% for the 2015 fiscal year, up from 15.4% in 2014. The recycling rate measures the amount of waste diverted from landfills, and channeled into various recycling streams.
In a new report by the Department of Public Service, state officials determined that adding two larger segments of power line could help New York to reach goals laid out by Governor Andrew Cuomo in his Energy Highway Plan.
New York Representative Chris Gibson is leading the charge for environmentally-conscious Republicans. The congressman from New York’s 19th District drew up a resolution recognizing the need to fight human-caused climate change.
According to the Adirondack Council’s annual report, the upstate New York forest preserve still faces serious challenges. Despite Governor Andrew Cuomo’s efforts to protect the park, outside interests stand poised to stake claims in the land.
Manhattan’s underground pipelines leak three to five times more than cities with newer infrastructure, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. In a recent survey, the EPA found that Manhattan suffers 90% more methane leaks per mile than Cincinnati, Ohio and Durham, North Carolina.