March 17, 2017
Please note: Due to inclement weather, this date of this event has changed from the 14th to the 21st.
Are you interested in striking out on your own to start your own small business, startup, or freelance practice? It can be a daunting process, and this GreenHomeNYC event will feature professionals from the sustainability industry who have successfully managed to launch their own businesses or startups. Join us to hear their experiences, advice, and tips about what to do and (most importantly) not do!
Mina Agarabi – Agarabi Engineering
Mike Brown – LogCheck
Gaelen McKee – Brooklyn SolarWorks
Gregory Iorio – Condor Consulting
Date: Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm with networking afterwards
Location: NYSERDA (1359 Broadway, 10018)
March 16, 2017
by Kimberly Stempien
Courtesy: Plastic Bag Laws
New York City’s OneNYC plan includes a commitment to send zero waste to landfills by 2030. It’s an ambitious goal, and to see it achieved, plastics must be greatly reduced in the waste stream.
In late 2016, the city council approved a bill to implement a plastic bag fee. Described as a BYOBag law, the legislation called for a 5 cent fee on single-use plastic and paper carryout bags at retail outlets. Consumers could avoid the fee by shopping with their own reusable bags. The bill was slated to be implemented on February 15, 2017; however, due to opposition in the state senate and a final veto from Governor Mario Cuomo, the law was vetoed a day before it was due to take effect. Although the Governor appears to be in favor of the bill, he believes it needs to be revised, and promised to form “a statewide task force to develop a uniform state plan for addressing the plastic bag problem, complete with local leaders, other stakeholders and leaders appointed by the Senate and the Assembly.”
March 12, 2017
By Pamela Berns
Green careerists and sustainability students have been wondering just how the changes in our government policies will affect their career choices. While Dr. Eban Goodstein is the first to admit he doesn’t have a crystal ball, his longtime experience as a career advisor and current role as Director, Graduate Programs in Sustainability at Bard College do afford him insights that can help jobseekers gain some sense of direction. We asked him to share those insights, along with strategies for education and job searching in a webinar hosted by GreenHomeNYC on February 16, 2017. Here’s what he had to say.
“We are really at the end of an era, a forty-five year period of policy stability and bi-partisan consensus,” says Dr. Goodstein. “There is new leadership now, and we have to think about how to negotiate that.” With indisputable scientific data indicating that the planet has become a half a degree warmer in just the last three years alone, “you guys are signing up to figure out how we’re going to rewire the world…That remains our mission in spite of the politics of the day.” It sounds daunting, yet Dr. Goodstein balances the challenge with a dose of hope. “We’re still living in an extraordinary moment in the human project.” Sure, we are ” in a race,” he added, “but we haven’t lost yet.” (more…)
March 11, 2017
With the recent changes in Washington, many have decried how the future of a good sustainable agenda is threatened. Many have faced these threats in the past, and hope to give a positive message, and a series of solutions, to continue the fight. This annual policy forum is dedicated to the late Patty Noonan, a gifted policy professional who helped push sustainability in affordable housing for the first time in NYS; Patty may have died prematurely but left a legacy of strong fellow advocates. Tonight, we hope to encourage new advocates to follow in her footsteps.
Date: Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Place: Knoll Showroom, 1330 Avenue of the Americas., New York, NY 10018
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