NY Aims to Extend Ban on Fracking for Another Year

NY Aims to Extend Ban on Fracking for Another Year

On Monday, the New York State Assembly passed a one year ban on fracking due to rising concerns about the effects it might have on drinking water. Fracking has proven to be very…

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NYC & Other C40 Cities Announce Partnership with World Bank to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

NYC & Other C40 Cities Announce Partnership with World Bank to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

  The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and the World Bank announced a new partnership that will help cities speed up reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and become more…

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Manhattan Community Board Backs Plan to Remove Cars from Central Park

Manhattan Community Board Backs Plan to Remove Cars from Central Park

New York City has really been working hard to turn its infamous concrete jungle image into something greener and more sustainable. Last month, updates to PlaNYC 2030 were released with…

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What is a Sustainable City? Four Influential Green Mayors Discuss During the Festival of Ideas

What is a Sustainable City? Four Influential Green Mayors Discuss During the Festival of Ideas

It's a question we think about a lot here at Inhabitat: what is a sustainable city? Is it LEED certified buildings? Efficient public transportation? An abundance of green space? This…

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City Begins Clean-up of North Brooklyn Brownfield Site

City Begins Clean-up of North Brooklyn Brownfield Site

Earlier this week, city officials broke ground on a brownfield site in Williamsburg, initiating a clean-up and redevelopment of Triangle Court, a vacant lot just east of the BQE.

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Updates to Mayor Bloomberg's PlaNYC Call For Solar Plants on Landfills, Banning Dirty Oils

Updates to Mayor Bloomberg's PlaNYC Call For Solar Plants on Landfills, Banning Dirty Oils

Mayor Bloomberg presented an update to PlaNYC: A Greener, Greater New York today, assessing the program's progress since its launch four years ago.

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Federal Grant Will Help Build New Sustainable Transportation and Community Development Projects in NY

Federal Grant Will Help Build New Sustainable Transportation and Community Development Projects in NY

Through an ambitious joint effort between New York and Connecticut, federal funding will soon provide a huge investment directed towards community development and sustainable…

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New Yorkers Protest Fracking, Demand Environmental Safety

New Yorkers Protest Fracking, Demand Environmental Safety

Environmental groups from all across New York State came together in Albany earlier this week for a ‘Fracking Day of Action.'

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Discovery of Asbestos Complicates Removing PCB Leaking Lights from NYC Schools

Discovery of Asbestos Complicates Removing PCB Leaking Lights from NYC Schools

The fact that PCBs have been leaking into New York City's schools for months is bad enough, but now the situation has been even further complicated with the discovery of asbestos.

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EPA Wants 5-Year Removal Plan for PCB Leaking Lights in NYC Schools

EPA Wants 5-Year Removal Plan for PCB Leaking Lights in NYC Schools

The EPA has rejected the Bloomberg administration's 10-year removal plan and is pushing for a five-year removal deadline.

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New York MTA Wants A Share Of Profits From Recycled MetroCard Art

New York MTA Wants A Share Of Profits From Recycled MetroCard Art

MTA says artists are in violation of trademark laws by selling art work that is printed on MetroCards.

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Hundreds of Brooklyn Residents Show Support for Controversial Bike Lane

Hundreds of Brooklyn Residents Show Support for Controversial Bike Lane

Supporters of PPW controversial bike lane turn out by the hundreds on Sunday, April 10.

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NYSERDA Launches $25 Million Solar Thermal Incentive Program

NYSERDA Launches $25 Million Solar Thermal Incentive Program

NYSERDA launched an incentive program for thermal solar systems, in an effort to encourage New Yorkers to swap electric hot water systems for solar-powered systems.

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NYC Modifies Building Code to Require More Energy-Efficient Roofs

NYC Modifies Building Code to Require More Energy-Efficient Roofs

The NYC City Council approved three new green building codes, all of which call for more energy-efficient roofs.

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NYC Proposes Banning Toys in Happy Meals

NYC Proposes Banning Toys in Happy Meals

Last November, Inhabitat reported that San Francisco banned toys in Happy Meals that contain excessive levels of fat, sodium, and sugar, and now it looks like New York City might do the…

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New York State's E-Waste Recycling Law Takes Effect Today

New York State's E-Waste Recycling Law Takes Effect Today

Signed into law last year, New York State's Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act takes effect today.

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Green Taxis Act: New York Lawmakers Introduce New Effort to Create Hybrid Taxi Fleet

Green Taxis Act: New York Lawmakers Introduce New Effort to Create Hybrid Taxi Fleet

The Green Taxis Act of 2011 calls for changing the federal law to allow cities to set their own efficiency standards for taxi cabs.

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NYC Local Law 84 Will Require Buildings to Benchmark Energy & Water Use

NYC Local Law 84 Will Require Buildings to Benchmark Energy & Water Use

New York City's Local Law 84 has the potential to transform how we understand our energy usage.

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Brooklyn's Prospect Park West Bike Lane Sparks Fierce Local Debate

Brooklyn's Prospect Park West Bike Lane Sparks Fierce Local Debate

The debate over the Prospect Park West bike lane has erupted into a full-blown legal battle that will be decided in court.

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Bloomberg Calls for a Greater, Greener NYC Waterfront with Vision 2020

Bloomberg Calls for a Greater, Greener NYC Waterfront with Vision 2020

With Vision 2020, Mayor Bloomberg plans to revitalize and restore New York City's waterways and shorelines.

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EPA to NYC: 10-Year Removal Timeline for PCB Leaking Light Fixtures is Too Long

EPA to NYC: 10-Year Removal Timeline for PCB Leaking Light Fixtures is Too Long

The EPA is pushing New York City to create a faster timeline for removing PCB tainted light fixtures from the city's schools.

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New York Senate Confirms Joseph Martens as Environmental Chief

New York Senate Confirms Joseph Martens as Environmental Chief

The New York Senate has confirmed Joseph Martens at NY's commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation.

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New York’s Push For Hybrid Cabs Gets Struck Down By Supreme Court

New York’s Push For Hybrid Cabs Gets Struck Down By Supreme Court

Despite a worthy push from the city, the Supreme Court refused to consider an appeal made by New York to mandate fuel emission standards on the city’s cabs. According to Mayor…

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Proposed Heating Oil Rules Would Reduce Soot Pollution in NYC, But Do They Go Far Enough?

Proposed Heating Oil Rules Would Reduce Soot Pollution in NYC, But Do They Go Far Enough?

Bloomberg's proposed rules for heating oils would reduce soot pollution, but the Institute for Policy Integrity at the NYU School of Law argues that exemptions in the rules would allow…

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New Rules for Heating Oil Could Reduce Air Pollution by 63% in NYC

New Rules for Heating Oil Could Reduce Air Pollution by 63% in NYC

Under new rules proposed last Friday, the dirtiest types of heating oils -- used by 10,000 New York City buildings -- would be completely phased out by 2015, resulting in a 63 percent…

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