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June 30, 2016

June Forum Recap: Community Solar Comes to New York State

by Pamela Berns   According to Dennis Phayre of EnterSolar, even if we utilized all currently available sources, we’d only have about 100 years of energy left on the planet. But New York State isn’t waiting one more second to embark on innovative partnerships that will not only extend that timeframe but also significantly reduce. Read more…

June 27, 2016

The Haven Project: A Greener Future for the South Bronx

by Thomas Storck   For decades, the South Bronx has served as a dumping ground for highways, waste transfer stations and truck-intensive industry.  Its residents breathe some of the worst air in the country, and yet the open space they need to mitigate their health problems is severely lacking, leaving communities feeling like they get. Read more…

January 24, 2016

Cities of the Future

by Thomas Storck   Last year was a big one for the climate. Not only was 2015 the warmest year on record, we also witnessed the first universal agreement on climate change, negotiated at COP21, the global climate change talks held in Paris last December. The agreement includes a global warming limit of “well below 2°C”,. Read more…

April 17, 2011

NYC Policy Update – April 2011

Spring is in the air, which has seemingly resulted in a lot of announcements from City Hall.  Info on free rain barrels from the DEP, green commercials leases, water leak notifications, green roof legislation, greening historic properties, and a study on the City’s green policy, all after the jump!

March 30, 2011

Federal Policy Update

Lots to report in the beginning of the new year from the Washington.  The change in Congress has the White House changing its approach to encouraging energy efficiency and regulating greenhouses gases.  In some cases the commitment to efficiency has been reaffirmed, in other cases it is not so clear.  Throughout, however, is the reality. Read more…

February 7, 2011

NYC Policy Update – February 2011

Cleaner Heating Oil Coming to NYC? Mayor Bloomberg and DEP Commissioner Halloway have proposed new requirements on heating oil for New York City’s buildings.  About 10,000 buildings in New York use No. 6 heating oil – the cheapest but most polluting.  Under the rules, with some exceptions, boilers using No. 6 oil would have to. Read more…

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February 3, 2011

A new New York Incentive Program

At the end of last year, a new initiative resulting from the Green Jobs-Green New York Act from last year was announced by Governor David A. Paterson: A NYSERDA program to provide homeowners with free or reduced-priced energy assessments and low-interest loans to finance energy-saving improvements. A revolving loan fund will be developed for homeowners. Read more…

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November 15, 2010

NY State Releases Climate Action Plan, Public Comment Period Open

Early this month, outgoing Governor Paterson released the New York State Climate Action Plan.   This plan moves forward on the 2009 Executive Order requiring the state to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% (compared to 1990 levels) by 2050 and established a Climate Action Council to determine how to meet the goal.   The Council will. Read more…

November 6, 2010

NYC Council Approves Five More Energy Efficiency Bills

Back in September, the City Council passed five more bills based on recommendations from the Green Codes Task Force – 12 bills from this report have now been passed.  This most recent package has been sent to the mayor for his signature. First, four of the bills improve lighting efficiency in the in a very. Read more…

June 23, 2010

A brighter future: three solar zones created in NYC

On June 8, Mayor Bloomberg and Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri, in conjunction with Sustainable CUNY, announced the creation of three Solar Empowerment Zones in the City. The zones have excellent potential for solar power. Being inside one of the zones gives technical assistance, and streamlined paperwork for getting solar installations authorized.