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EcoPolitics Daily: Offering an environmental angle on New York's political scene.


Here's How You Can Help Keep Microbeads Out of Our Water

Submitted by Susan Torres on Fri, 2015-05-22 14:34.

Microbeads have been getting a lot of attention lately. New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has called for more regulation on the tiny plastic beads found in many face soaps, toothpastes, body washes, and other cosmetic products. A proposed bill in the New York Assembly would phase out their use as well. But the best proof that this issue is gaining traction is that it was recently featured on Buzzfeed.


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

Getting Toxic Ingredients Out of Personal Care Products

Submitted by Susan Torres on Fri, 2015-05-22 11:21.
Nail salons shouldn't contain dangerous chemicals.Nail salons shouldn't contain dangerous chemicals.

In Early May the New York Times ran an extensive expose on the abuse and dangers going on in the nail industry in New York City.

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

Cities Test Giving Tenants Transit Passes Instead of Parking Spots

Submitted by Susan Torres on Fri, 2015-05-15 13:06.

While providing residents with parking spaces sounds great on the surface, residential parking also makes rent less affordable and negatively impacts traffic. Seattle is looking to rectify this issue by looking into providing tenants with a host of travel alternatives rather than just a place to park the car.


NYLCV Blog | Filed Under: Transportation | Read More >

Energy Makeover Coming to NYC Food Carts

Submitted by Susan Torres on Thu, 2015-05-14 15:19.
The ubiquitous hot dog cart might be getting a makeover.The ubiquitous hot dog cart might be getting a makeover.Over 8,000 food-cart vendors sell everything from hot dogs to halal food on New York’s streets everyday. And now hundreds of those carts are set to become much greener, thanks to a pilot-program announced this week by the City Council and MOVE Systems.

 


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

Advanced Electricity Meters Could Help New York Cut Energy Use

Submitted by Susan Torres on Thu, 2015-05-14 13:22.
Installing advanced meters could reduce energy use.Installing advanced meters could reduce energy use.

Imagine knowing the best time of day to run your appliances so you're only using electricity during the most efficient part of the day. Advanced meters could make this possible by providing data to homeowners so electricity use could be cut back during peak times.


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

Westchester County Passes Toxic-Free Toys Act

Submitted by Susan Torres on Wed, 2015-05-13 16:46.

On Monday, May 11th Westchester got one step closer to having safe, healthy toys on its shelves. The Westchester County Board of Legislators passed the Toxic-Free Toys Act by a 16-0 vote. The bill will eliminate dangerous chemicals and heavy metals currently present on store shelves in the area.

Read about board majority leader and bill sponsor Catherine Borgia's leadership efforts in getting this bill passed. 


NYLCV Blog | Filed Under: Public Health,Westchester | Read More >

LED Lights Could Go a Long Way in Energy Savings

Submitted by Susan Torres on Fri, 2015-05-08 13:42.
LED streetlights save cities big money.LED streetlights save cities big money.

Replacing ubiquitous streetlights with more energy-efficient LEDs is saving some towns millions in energy bills. Yonkers saves $1 million a year thanks to the efficiency upgrade. However, Syracuse and many other Upstate cities can't switch their lights.

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

Major League Food Composting Happening in Cleveland Indians Ballpark

Submitted by Susan Torres on Fri, 2015-05-08 10:33.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) food waste is the largest component of landfills. Americans waste an estimated 34 million tons of food a year. Some innovative ways to combat this growing problem are coming from a somewhat unlikely source - baseball stadiums.


NYLCV Blog | Filed Under: Solid Waste | Read More >

City Council Encourages Investing in Hudson Valley Farmland

Submitted by Susan Torres on Fri, 2015-05-01 13:56.
City Councilmembers call for more funding for Hudson Valley farms.City Councilmembers call for more funding for Hudson Valley farms.

The local food movement has been growing for years, but to make sure New York City residents - and all of New York State - have access to local food, we need to get to work now. That's why the New York City Council recently wrote a letter urging Mayor de Blasio to invest in conservation efforts in the Hudson Valley and beyond.


NYLCV Blog | Filed Under: Land Use | Read More >

NYLCVEF Recommendations Included in One New York Plan

Submitted by Susan Torres on Fri, 2015-05-01 11:44.
The Newtown Creek wastewater treatment facility in Brooklyn.The Newtown Creek wastewater treatment facility in Brooklyn.

On Earth Day, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his plans for One New York, his update to PlaNYC. In it he calls for "Zero Waste" which would reduce New York City's solid waste by 90 percent by 2030. This ambitious goal will take a lot of planning and there isn't one easy solution that will get us there.


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

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