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Debate Over Dismantling of General Electric Cleanup Facilities on the Hudson

Submitted by Susan Torres on Fri, 2015-08-28 13:41.

General Electric has been spending billions of dollars cleaning up PCB pollution in the upper Hudson River over the past 6 years. PCBs were used by GE in the manufacturing of electronics but were eventually linked to cancer in animals and found to have a negative impact on wildlife. After PCBs were banned in the 1970s, GE was ordered to remove about two-thirds of the PCB pollution from the river by the Environmental Protection Agency.


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New Study: The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative is Responsible for Half of Energy Sector Emissions Reductions

Submitted by Susan Torres on Fri, 2015-08-28 10:17.
New York is reducing emissions.New York is reducing emissions.

According to a new study from the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) was responsible for half of the carbon dioxide emissions reductions achieved in the power sector in New York and eight other participating states between 2009 and 2012.

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Google's New Tool Tells How Much You Can Save With Solar Panels

Submitted by Susan Torres on Mon, 2015-08-24 10:43.

Deciding whether it’s worth it to install solar panels on your roof can be an intimidating and complicated process. In fact, this is the biggest challenge to getting more people to adopt rooftop solar. As it often does, however, Google is stepping in to try and make the answer to this question much easier.


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Bloomberg: Why Municipalities are the Key to Fighting Climate Change

Submitted by Susan Torres on Mon, 2015-08-24 10:21.

In case you missed it, former Mayor Michael Bloomberg wrote an intriguing essay in the current issue of Foreign Policy Magazine on “Why Municipalities are the Key to Fighting Climate Change.” Here’s a quick rundown of the key points that really got us so excited by his piece:


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Time is Running Out To Renew The Land & Water Conservation Fund!

Submitted by Jordan Levine on Fri, 2015-08-14 13:53.

 You may not know this, but there is an impending environmental crisis that poses a huge threat to our waters and open spaces. And I'd bet it's not what you're thinking either. The Land and Water Conservation Fund, one of the most successful pieces of environmental legislation ever, will sunset on September 30th of this year.

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Health Bucks Brings Healthy Food to the Bronx

Submitted by Susan Torres on Thu, 2015-08-06 17:18.
Councilmember Ritchie Torres at our Health Bucks event in the Bronx last year.Councilmember Ritchie Torres at our Health Bucks event in the Bronx last year.

Last year, NYLCVEF teamed up with Councilmember Ritchie Torres to bring Health Bucks to the Bronx and we were excited to see the program continue this week! On Tuesday, Councilmember Torres handed out Health Bucks coupons to shoppers at La Familia Verde Farmers' Market which are redeemable for healthy foods. 


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

Obama Announces Landmark Clean Power Plan, Draws Inspiration from New York Example

Submitted by Susan Torres on Thu, 2015-08-06 16:04.
Regulations are coming.Regulations are coming.

On August 3rd, President Barack Obama announced the Environmental Protection Agency’s new Clean Power Plan. The rule represents an enormous stride toward curbing global warming and improving public health by cutting carbon dioxide emissions across the country. The plan calls for an incremental reduction of carbon emissions with the final objective being a 32 percent decrease from 2005 levels by 2030.

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

We Appreciate Your Comments on the DEC’s Sewage Pollution Right to Know Law

Submitted by Susan Torres on Thu, 2015-07-30 14:22.

New York faces many threats to its water quality such as outdated wastewater infrastructure, insufficient stormwater treatment and retention facilities and inadequate end-of-pipe treatment technologies.

Fortunately, this summer, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is taking a major step toward protecting our water quality by implementing their Sewage Pollution Right to Know Law.


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

New York Stores: Stop Pumping Frigid Air Onto the Sidewalks

Submitted by Susan Torres on Thu, 2015-07-30 11:12.

On a sticky summer day, it is not unusual to see NYC stores keep their doors open to draw shoppers in with a cool blast of air. This is why New York City’s Department of Consumer Affairs kicked off a “Shut the Front Door!” initiative on July 22. This initiative is attempting to educate businesses about being economical in their energy usage. On the 22nd, roughly 200 volunteers fanned out across the five boroughs to encourage businesses to shut their front doors.

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