Don’t Forget to Apply for NYC Green Roof Tax Abatement by March 15th

Don’t Forget to Apply for NYC Green Roof Tax Abatement by March 15th

The deadline to apply for NYC’s green roof tax abatement program is approaching fast. The Stormwater Infrastructure Matters (S.W.I.M.) Coalition recently reminded us that applications must be in by March 15, 2014. New legislation also raised the abatement

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Get One of 12,000 Free Trees Being Given Away by MillionTreesNYC This Spring!

Get One of 12,000 Free Trees Being Given Away by MillionTreesNYC This Spring!

New Yorkers sick of Old Man Winter now have another exciting reason to look forward to spring: New York’s MillionTreesNYC just announced its annual spring tree giveaway and it’s going to be the biggest one yet! The PlaNYC greening initiative, which already

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Hospital Disaster Resiliency Program Aims to Prevent Future Hurricanes From Crippling NYC Medical System

Hospital Disaster Resiliency Program Aims to Prevent Future Hurricanes From Crippling NYC Medical System

When Hurricane Sandy struck in October of 2012, one of its most dire consequences was that it effectively put six New York hospitals out of commission. The facilities could have provided critical disaster relief, however they were shut down forcing 6,500

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Where Does New NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio Stand on Environmental Issues?

Where Does New NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio Stand on Environmental Issues?

It’s a new year and New York City has a new mayor. Bill de Blasio was sworn in yesterday as the 109th mayor of NYC, and described the metropolis he inherited as a “tale of two cities” in his inauguration speech. “Big dreams are not a luxury reserved for a

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New York City Greenhouse Gas Emissions Have Dropped 19 Percent Since 2005

New York City Greenhouse Gas Emissions Have Dropped 19 Percent Since 2005

Michael Bloomberg had yet another nice announcement for New Yorkers as he left office this week – citywide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions have dropped a whopping 19 percent since 2005. Major changes in city operations, such as the implementation of cleaner

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NYC Brownfield Cleanup Program Announces Completion of 14 Environmental Projects

NYC Brownfield Cleanup Program Announces Completion of 14 Environmental Projects

On Thursday, outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the completion of fourteen environmental cleanup projects in Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan as part of the New York City Brownfield Cleanup Program. Bloomberg also revealed that the Office of Environmental

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Mayor Bloomberg Transfers 12 Acres of Roosevelt Island to Cornell for New Tech Campus

Mayor Bloomberg Transfers 12 Acres of Roosevelt Island to Cornell for New Tech Campus

It’s been some time since we last heard about Cornell’s forthcoming 12.5 acre tech campus on Roosevelt Island, but the plans moved forward today as Mayor Bloomberg officially signed off on a transfer of the prized land to the university. Now that Mayor

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NYC’s New State-of-the-Art Recycling Facility to Eliminate 150,000 Annual Truck Trips

NYC’s New State-of-the-Art Recycling Facility to Eliminate 150,000 Annual Truck Trips

New York City recently announced the opening of the new state-of-the-art Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility in Brooklyn. The waterfront, barge-based recycling center has the capacity to process 1,000 tons of metal, glass and plastic recyclables daily

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NYC Homeless Man Codes App That Helps Reduce Carbon Emissions

NYC Homeless Man Codes App That Helps Reduce Carbon Emissions

Leo Grand doesn’t fit the typical archetype of an environmentalist. Despite having unveiled his car-sharing app, Trees for Cars, to the world last Tuesday, Grand has been sleeping on the streets of New York City for over two years. But Leo’s homelessness,

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NYC Food Waste Challenge Announces 2,500 Tons of Trash Diverted from Landfills

NYC Food Waste Challenge Announces 2,500 Tons of Trash Diverted from Landfills

Mayor Bloomberg’s NYC Food Waste Challenge reached a major milestone recently with the announcement that the city diverted over 2,500 tons of food from landfills in the past six months. The voluntary composting program, which consists of over 100 participating

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NYC’s Largest Solar Power Installation to Be Built at Freshkills Park in Staten Island

NYC’s Largest Solar Power Installation to Be Built at Freshkills Park in Staten Island

Staten Island is going green in a big way. Yesterday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that the borough’s Freshkills Parks will be home to NYC’s largest solar energy installation. About 47 acres of land will be leased to SunEdison, a global provider of

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MillionTreesNYC Plants Its 800,000th Tree at Governers Island Park

MillionTreesNYC Plants Its 800,000th Tree at Governers Island Park

It seems like just yesterday that MillionTreesNYC reached its halfway point of 500,000 trees planted, but now they’re already up to 800,000! Mayor Bloomberg helped plant the 800,000th tree yesterday on Governors Island in an act that also symbolized the

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NYC’s Flood-Protecting Seaport City Project Selects Netherlands’ Arcadis as Feasibility Consultant

NYC’s Flood-Protecting Seaport City Project Selects Netherlands’ Arcadis as Feasibility Consultant

It’s been a few months since former Mayor Michael Bloomberg unveiled the ambitious Seaport City plan to build a new, flood-resistant neighborhood along the lower eastern edge of Manhattan. Now the city has announced that Netherlands-based firm, Arcadis,

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NYC to Save $14 Million a Year by Swapping All Street Lights to LEDs

NYC to Save $14 Million a Year by Swapping All Street Lights to LEDs

New York City is ending the week on a bright note following the news that all of the city’s street lights will be swapped out soon with more energy-efficient versions. The announcement was made yesterday by Mayor Bloomberg and transportation commissioner

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New York City Air Quality Reaches Cleanest Levels in More Than 50 Years

New York City Air Quality Reaches Cleanest Levels in More Than 50 Years

Outgoing New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is leaving quite the environmental legacy.  This week, the mayor’s office announced that this past winter, NYC air quality reached the cleanest levels in more than 50 years – a success the administration attributes

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Which NYC Mayoral Candidate Would Make the Greenest New York City Mayor?

Which NYC Mayoral Candidate Would Make the Greenest New York City Mayor?

Say what you want about iconoclast NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg – but no one can accuse him of being soft when it comes to the environment. The three-term billionaire technocrat scored numerous environmental victories during his 12 year tenure; from launching

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Empire State Building Has Saved $4.7 Million So Far by Going Green

Empire State Building Has Saved $4.7 Million So Far by Going Green

The Empire State Building is celebrating a collective $4.7 million in energy savings over the past two years since it received a $500 million energy efficiency retrofit. Five years ago, the famous landmark set out to cut its carbon emissions by installing

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Mayor Bloomberg Rolls Out Extreme Weather Resiliency Plan for New York Before Leaving Office

Mayor Bloomberg Rolls Out Extreme Weather Resiliency Plan for New York Before Leaving Office

Though his time at the helm of New York City is running out, Mayor Bloomberg announced on June 11 a long-term plan for greater resiliency against extreme weather events. The plan encompasses actionable recommendations to improve 14 areas of infrastructure

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Could This Massive “Seaport City” Save NYC from Future Storms?

Could This Massive “Seaport City” Save NYC from Future Storms?

“Seaport City” is summarized in the “A Stronger, More Resilient New York” plan released by Mayor Bloomberg yesterday as one possible way to protect the eastern edge of Lower Manhattan, one of the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy, from future climate change-related

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Annual PlaNYC Report Shows NYC is Set to Exceed Climate Change Goals by 2030

Annual PlaNYC Report Shows NYC is Set to Exceed Climate Change Goals by 2030

According to an annual progress report released last week, PlaNYC is on track to exceed its greenhouse gas reduction goals by the year 2030. The paper measured progress on more than 100 citywide initiatives launched by the mayor’s office to meet its

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The Next NY Mayor Now Has a Roadmap to Greener Buildings

The Next NY Mayor Now Has a Roadmap to Greener Buildings

The next mayor of New York has just been presented with a road map to green the city’s buildings. The built environment account for 75% of carbon emissions, 85% of water use and 95% of electricity consumption in New York, and the Urban Green Council believes

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NYC’s “Stop Idling” Campaign Cracks Down on Drivers at Schools with Highest Asthma Rates

NYC’s “Stop Idling” Campaign Cracks Down on Drivers at Schools with Highest Asthma Rates

NYC is stepping up its commitment to reducing kids’ exposure to pollutants by implementing a “Stop Idling” campaign at some of the city’s most trafficked schools. Commissioner Carter Strickland of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently

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Climate Change-Related Deaths Are on the Rise in NYC, Says New Report

Climate Change-Related Deaths Are on the Rise in NYC, Says New Report

Enduring a brutally hot summer in New York City may end up killing you. A new study released this week says thanks to global warming and the “urban island” effect, NYC mortality rates due to warming temperatures are likely to increase by 20 percent by

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Mayor Bloomberg Aims to Boost Recycling and Save Taxpayers Money

Mayor Bloomberg Aims to Boost Recycling and Save Taxpayers Money

During his final months in office, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has his sights set on getting the concrete jungle to boost its recycling. Despite the Mayor’s past efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and get New York residents to start thinking more “green”,

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NYC Spectra Pipeline Expansion Sparks Resident Concerns About Explosions and Radon

NYC Spectra Pipeline Expansion Sparks Resident Concerns About Explosions and Radon

Most New Yorkers have heard of the Spectra natural gas pipeline and the dangers it poses – but until recently, it’s felt like a vague, far-off worry that may or may not happen. Unfortunately that couldn’t be further from the truth, as the pipeline (also referred

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