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New Wetlands Coming to Staten Island to Filter Stormwater and Reduce Flooding

Submitted by Susan Torres on Wed, 2015-11-25 14:44.

Some big changes are coming to Staten Island, and Senator Charles Schumer, New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Emily Lloyd, and Department of Design and Construction (DDC) Commissioner Dr. Feniosky Peña-Mora were all present Monday to break ground in celebration.

A new $22 million project will bring the first mid-island Bluebelt to the area which will build catch basins and wetlands to help collect and convey stormwater to where it can be filtered. The project is expected to significantly improve the area's drainage system.

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

Governor Cuomo Pledges New Clean Energy Goals

Submitted by Susan Torres on Wed, 2015-11-25 14:14.

Governor Andrew Cuomo plans to put new energy regulations in place, making his clean energy goals into mandates from the Public Service Commission. By pushing utilities to obtain more of the power they distribute from less-polluting sources, state officials hope to delay the planned shutdown of two nuclear power plants on the shore of Lake Ontario.

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

Brainstorm on "Save-As-You-Throw" Takes Place in NYC

Submitted by Susan Torres on Fri, 2015-11-20 15:13.

Last week, the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) convened its first working group meeting to brainstorm how to implement a new program aimed at encouraging New Yorkers to recycle more called "Save-As-You-Throw."

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

NYC Buildings Are Huge Source of Energy Waste

Submitted by Susan Torres on Fri, 2015-11-20 15:07.

A new study highlights what many New Yorkers already know: apartment buildings often distribute heat unevenly causing many residents to crack a window and waste energy.

In order to get heat distributed throughout an apartment building, steam boilers kick into gear and heat rises in the building leaving many at the top no choice but to open their windows. With Mayor Bill de Blasio's ambitious goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050 this building waste must be addressed.

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

Oil Train Spills Threaten Communities Across the Country

Submitted by Susan Torres on Fri, 2015-11-13 15:18.

Half of America’s rail bridges could face immediate danger from deterioration, according to a new report from water advocates.

NYLCV Blog | Filed Under: Transportation,Statewide | Read More >

NYLCV Is Getting Wild

Submitted by Susan Torres on Fri, 2015-11-13 12:44.
We're working to keep the Adirondacks wild.We're working to keep the Adirondacks wild.

NYLCV, along with a coalition of partner groups, have issued a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo urging him to continue the ongoing effort to protect the Adirondack forest preserve.

See The Full List of 2015 Winners!

Submitted by Susan Torres on Fri, 2015-11-06 17:46.

It was a huge night for NYLCV and for the environment: 56 of our 62 endorsed candidates won their races, with two more candidates ahead pending a recount. That's 9 out of every 10 candidates who received the NYLCV seal of approval achieving victory. This is a big deal. Whether it's banning microbeads and toxic chemicals in children's toys or increasing safety standards on oil trains, counties and municipal governments are taking the lead on the environment more than ever.

NYLCV Blog | Filed Under: Statewide | Read More >

Close Huntley and Dunkirk? Why not?

Submitted by Susan Torres on Fri, 2015-11-06 11:37.
Two coal plants in Western New York could be closing.Two coal plants in Western New York could be closing.

The Huntley and Dunkirk coal plants have no reason to stay open, the New York Independent System Operator claims, but politics might interfere with progress.

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

Staten Island, Hudson Valley, and Long Island Get Huge Boost From MTA Capital Plan

Submitted by Susan Torres on Fri, 2015-10-30 14:45.

It’s not just the New York City subway system that will get a boost from the MTA Capital Plan. The new $29 billion budget for repairs and enhancements, approved Wednesday, will also bring about some much-needed changes in Staten Island, and the Metro-North train line. 

NYLCV Blog | Filed Under: Transportation | Read More >

Green Bank to Finance Three Energy Projects

Submitted by Susan Torres on Fri, 2015-10-23 14:05.

The New York Green Bank announced this week that it will help finance three projects aimed at expanding solar and wind power throughout the state. $49 million will be invested in the projects that will help homeowners cut their power usage or switch to more efficient sources.

Here's the breakdown of where the $49 million will go:

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

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