Environmentalists Want To Know Where Mayoral Candidates Stand on Climate Change

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Environment, Features, Heard Around Town, News

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been outspoken about the risks of climate change and has taken concrete steps to address it—but with New Yorkers poised to elect a new mayor, some environmentalists want to hear more about the issue from the leading candidates. “We wanted to make sure that this issue was raised, both for candidates and for the public, because in the course of this campaign neither the challenges of extreme weather events—another Sandy or infrastructure issue—haven’t really been part of the… [More]

Banking on Renewable Energy: Cuomo’s Green Bank

Written by Wilder Fleming on . Posted in Economic Development, Energy, Environment, News

Richard Kauffman, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s top energy official, is heading the new $1 billion green bank. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is opening a new bank—and dollars aren’t the only thing about it that’s green. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority sought approval from the state’s Public Service Commission last month to allocate public funds to start a $1 billion “green bank,” which Cuomo hopes will grow the state’s renewable energy economy into a self-sustaining marketplace. The petition seeks… [More]

Forever Wild? Arguments For and Against Proposal #5

Written by City & State on . Posted in Environment, Features, News, Opinion

(Photo: Obistraveling) Among this year’s ballot referenda is Proposition 5, a land swap in Essex County where New York State would give NYCO Minerals 200 acres of the State Forest Preserve to mine in exchange for 1,500 new acres and the current 200 back once the company is finished mining. City & State asked advocates on both sides of the proposed Constitutional amendment to explain their vote. A “Yes” Vote for the Adirondacks Will Cost You Nothing! By Brian Towers… [More]

The Roundtable: Green New York

Written by City & State on . Posted in Energy, Environment, News

Mark Grisanti Chair, New York State Senate Environmental Conservation Committee Q: What is the biggest environmental challenge facing the state? MG: The biggest environmental issue facing the state that I feel needs to be legislatively remedied is our Brownfield law. With the Brownfield tax credit’s expiration coming closer, developers are not entering into this program to redevelop these sites. We need to use this opportunity to have an open discussion about the program and figure out ways to reform and… [More]

Top 10 Infrastructure and Environmental Issues: A Checklist for New York City’s Next Mayor

Written by City & State on . Posted in Energy, Environment, Housing, News, Opinion, Transportation

By Christopher Rizzo Mayor Michael Bloomberg created a blizzard of new environmental and infrastructure initiatives in his 12 years in office. New York City’s next mayor will face countless decisions about these initiatives, many of which are catalogued in the administration’s 2007 sustainability plan, PlaNYC, and in progress reports published each year. Environmental attorney Christopher Rizzo lays out what he believes are the 10 most critical issues, in order of civic priority. Three of them—climate change resiliency, protection of the… [More]

The Recycling Reboot

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Energy, Environment, News

At launch of NYC’s new “Recycle Everything”, Mayor Bloomberg announces a new ad campaign and the expansion of an organic food waste recycling pilot program. (Photo: NYC Mayors Office Flickr) As a prominent figure in the national discourse on climate change, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has helped drive the discussion largely through initiatives he has established while running New York City. From planting more trees to improving the city’s air quality to exponentially increasing the city’s bike lanes, Bloomberg has established… [More]