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Post-Sandy Rebuilding for Resiliency: Lessons From Long Beach, New York

July 31, 2015 by Steven Cohen

My small bungalow in Long Beach, New York, sits one half block from the bay and one and a half blocks from the ocean. Hurricane Sandy required a gut renovation of my home's ground floor and required my next-door neighbors to demolish their house and rebuild a new one. But rebuild they did.[read more]

Coal Miners, Extractive Industries, and a Sustainable Economy

July 21, 2015 by Steven Cohen

The transition to a renewable economy may be a painful one, particularly in this era of aversion to active government. When New York City endured the difficult transition from a commercial and small manufacturing city to today's post-industrial megacity, we nearly went broke.[read more]

From PlaNYC to OneNYC: New York's Evolving Sustainability Policy

May 1, 2015 by Steven Cohen

One of the signature accomplishments of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was the development and implementation of the city's first sustainability plan. Bloomberg saw projections of New York's growth and realized that environmental goals needed to be integrated into the city's future.[read more]

New York's Next Step in Cutting Carbon from Buildings

March 15, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

When New York City leads, the world follows. That's why the announcement a few weeks ago of the creation of a technical working group to help the city cut greenhouse gas emissions from its building sector by 30 percent by 2025 and 60 percent by 2050 is such exciting news.[read more]

Sustainability Planning in New York City: Let's Build on the Path-Breaking Work of the Bloomberg Team

March 13, 2015 by Steven Cohen

One of the signature, legacy accomplishments of Michael Bloomberg's time as New York's mayor was PlaNYC 2030, the city's path-breaking sustainability plan. This plan and the metrics established to monitor its implementation were an important part of New York City's revival at the start of the 21st century.[read more]

Preventing Sea Level Rise in New York City While Cleaning the Air in India and China

February 25, 2015 by Steven Cohen

The New York City Panel on Climate Change predicted a hot and stormy future for the city. They are spending $20 billion to help ensure it can adapt to a more difficult future, but if the panel's prediction of two feet of sea level rise comes to pass, we will need many multiples of $20 billion to protect New York.[read more]

Banning Styrofoam, Managing Our Waste, and Promoting Sustainability

January 16, 2015 by Steven Cohen

New York City, following the lead of San Francisco and Portland, has banned styrofoam containers in an effort to change the nature of its waste stream, as the type of styrofoam being banned cannot be recycled. The ban will result in the use of substitute forms of packaging--probably more expensive plastics.[read more]

Environmentalists are Wrong about Port Ambrose LNG

January 13, 2015 by Edward Dodge

Greens and LNG Transportation

The proposed Port Ambrose deepwater LNG terminal near New York City has been denounced by environmentalists as a dirty and dangerous export terminal in disguise. The reality is that LNG is the safest and cleanest fuel available and natural gas is critical in efforts to eliminate air pollution.[read more]

New York City's de Blasio Administration and the Path to 80 Percent Greenhouse Gas Reductions

December 10, 2014 by Steven Cohen

Although it took almost a year to get there, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has put in place the third critical piece of the city's sustainability leadership. Last week, he appointed Nilda Mesa, an experienced sustainability professional, as the first director of a new Office of Sustainability.[read more]

Boston, New York City Winter Natural Gas Prices Expected to Remain High

November 30, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Urban Fuel Sources and Natural Gas

Despite expectations of a milder winter for 2014, marketers anticipate high prices for natural gas in Boston and New York City. Natural gas prices are expected to be lower than last winter, but higher than the average of previous winters, particularly in Boston.[read more]

A Key Lesson from Superstorm Sandy: We Still Need a Rainy Day Fund

November 7, 2014 by Steven Cohen

We now live in a in a more crowded country where people are more frequently in the pathway of hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, forest fires, droughts and other natural and human-made disasters. When a disaster occurs every month, we can no longer consider them an emergency, but a regular, routine event.[read more]

Future Energy Fellows post

Will 2016 Be the Turning Point for Batteries in NYC?

October 21, 2014 by Matthew Windt

With the potential closure of the Indian Point nuclear facility looming, Consolidated Edison (ConEd) in collaboration with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) put forth a plan to reduce peak loads for the New York city area.[read more]

Mayor Bill de Blasio Pivots Toward a Sustainable New York City

September 25, 2014 by Steven Cohen

Nine months into his mayoralty, with over 300,000 climate marchers having massed in Manhattan, and a U.N. climate meeting just finished, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio decided the time was right to renew the city's sustainability effort.[read more]

Marching to Make the Urgency for Climate Action Clear

September 21, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

People's Climate March

Climate change is no longer a far-off peril, it’s here and now. From Hurricane Sandy on the U.S. east coast to the horrific Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, from rising seas to widespread droughts, wildfires, floods and famine, climate change is taking a growing and grievous toll on our lives.[read more]

New York City's History-Making Recycling Law Turns 25 Years Old, Part III

August 14, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

NYC and Recycling

In December 2013, the Sanitation Department was collecting recyclables from New York City residences and institutions at a rate of just over 16%; and it is just about the same today. In view of the ambitious intentions of the city’s landmark recycling statute this is discouraging. But it doesn’t tell the whole story.[read more]