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100+ NYC Streets Will Go Car-Free for Earth Day

100+ NYC Streets Will Go Car-Free for Earth Day

The most recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report found that the most important thing an individual can do to reduce their climate impact is to stop driving gas-powered cars. So it’s appropriate that New York City is celebrating Earth Day with its largest-ever Car-Free Earth Day. 

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    Empire State Building Realty Trust Now 100% Powered by Wind

    Empire State Building Realty Trust Now 100% Powered by Wind

    For nearly 100 years, the Empire State Building has stood as a testament to the industriousness and economic power of the United States. Now, it can also be considered a beacon for the future of sustainable energy. Empire State Realty Trust (ESRT) signed a deal in early February to convert the Empire State Building, along […]

    Rep. Ocasio-Cortez House Bill Would Allow FEMA to Provide Pandemic Relief

    Rep. Ocasio-Cortez House Bill Would Allow FEMA to Provide Pandemic Relief

    By Jessica Corbett As the U.S. death toll from Covid-19 stood above 63,000 people Friday—with over a million confirmed cases nationwide—Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez introduced a bill in the U.S. House that would enable a federal relief agency to provide disaster assistance during pandemics. The Democratic congresswoman represents New York’s 14th district, which—along with the rest […]

    Composting Could Become Mandatory in New York

    Composting Could Become Mandatory in New York

    New methods to reuse “fast fashion” clothes, recycling of construction materials, and adoption of electric school buses could all become possible in New York City under far-reaching new climate legislation introduced Thursday by City Council Speaker Corey Johnson. The proposals include measures to encourage New Yorkers to use the city’s composting program to cut down […]

    NYC Sea Wall Halted After Trump Says it’s ‘Costly, Foolish’

    NYC Sea Wall Halted After Trump Says it’s ‘Costly, Foolish’

    President Trump has long touted the efficacy of walls, funneling billions of Defense Department dollars to build a wall on the southern border. However, when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) released a study that included plans for a sea wall to protect New Yorkers from sea-level rise and catastrophic storms like Hurricane Sandy, […]

    New York City Spends Billions on Flood Protection

    New York City Spends Billions on Flood Protection

    In 2012, Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc on New York City’s transportation system. Storm surge pushed a flood of seawater into vehicle tunnels, railyards, ferry terminals, and subway lines. “Hurricane Sandy was a big wake-up call for the city,” says Susanne DesRoches, New York’s deputy director of infrastructure and energy. For example, the city has installed […]

    New York City to Ban Foie Gras

    New York City to Ban Foie Gras

    By Lindsay Campbell New Yorkers will have to say au revoir to foie gras come 2022. This week, the New York City Council voted overwhelmingly (42-6) in favor of a bill that will ban the sale of foie gras in three years. The legislation will bar stores, farmers’ markets and restaurants from storing and selling […]

    A Green New Deal for New York City

    A Green New Deal for New York City

    The New York City Council last week overwhelmingly passed one of the most ambitious and innovative legislative packages ever considered by any major city to combat the existential threat of climate change. The foundation of this package is a bill that will require large and medium-sized buildings, which account for nearly a third of all […]

    ‘A New Day in New York’: City Council Passes Visionary Climate Bill

    ‘A New Day in New York’: City Council Passes Visionary Climate Bill

    By Eoin Higgins The New York City Council passed the world’s “largest single carbon reduction effort that any city, anywhere, has ever put forward” on Thursday afternoon, marking a major milestone in the fight against the climate crisis. The Climate Mobilization Act contains 10 provisions for a greener New York. “It’s a new day,” tweeted […]