New York approves mandate for 50% renewable energy by 2030

New York approves mandate for 50% renewable energy by 2030

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced that the New York State Public Service Commission approved the Empire State's clean energy standard that requires 50 percent of…

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New law requires NYC big businesses to compost food waste

New law requires NYC big businesses to compost food waste

Big businesses will have to compost food waste in the Big Apple.

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Get your free water-saving rain barrel from the NYCDEP

Get your free water-saving rain barrel from the NYCDEP

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is giving away rain barrels to reduce stormwater runoff and conserve water. The 60-gallon green containers are available…

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Brooklyn's largest public housing development to run on self-sustaining microgrid

Brooklyn's largest public housing development to run on self-sustaining microgrid

The Red Hook Houses District Energy System “NYCHA believes that the distributed energy component of this project has the potential to be a self-sustaining enterprise, and the…

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Would NYC install an ugly flood wall instead of BIG's greenery-filled storm protection system

Would NYC install an ugly flood wall instead of BIG's greenery-filled storm protection system

Coastal cities around the globe are bracing as sea levels continue to rise in response to global warming. New York is not only no exception, but some parts of the city could be…

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Con Edison announces plans for virtual power plant that connects solar-plus-storage systems

Con Edison announces plans for virtual power plant that connects solar-plus-storage systems

New York utility Consolidated Edison just announced plans to launch a $15 million virtual power plant pilot program this summer that will integrate residential solar-plus-storage…

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NY City Council may turn the 5-cent bag fee into a 5-cent bag refund to appease state lawmakers

NY City Council may turn the 5-cent bag fee into a 5-cent bag refund to appease state lawmakers

NYC’s pending five-cent plastic bag was approved by the City Council last month, as well as by Mayor Bill de Blasio, but it may not actually happen. What began as an unpopular…

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Solar Impulse 2 lands in New York City, final U.S. destination

Solar Impulse 2 lands in New York City, final U.S. destination

Swiss pilots André Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard brought their vision for a clean energy future to New York City with the successful landing of their sun-powered, zero emissions…

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State Senate attempts roadblock to derail NYC's plastic bag fee

State Senate attempts roadblock to derail NYC's plastic bag fee

Despite the efforts of NYC leaders to push the city in a greener direction, the state Senate has other ideas. Sen. Simcha Felder, a Democrat from Brooklyn who caucuses with Republicans,…

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NYC giving away free reusable bags in support of new plastic bag surcharge

NYC giving away free reusable bags in support of new plastic bag surcharge

Related: NYC adopts controversial 5-cent plastic bag fee to support city’s zero waste goal Via NY Daily News free reusable bags, Montefiore Square Park, reuseable bag…

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New York lawmakers introduce bill to reach zero emissions by 2050

New York lawmakers introduce bill to reach zero emissions by 2050

A group of New York lawmakers have introduced a bill that aims to eliminate the state's greenhouse gas emissions by 100 percent by 2050. The New York state climate and community…

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Innovative solar, geothermal, microhydro projects win New York 'Energy to Lead' competition

Innovative solar, geothermal, microhydro projects win New York 'Energy to Lead' competition

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) just announced that Bard College, University at Buffalo and SUNY Broome Community College are the winners of the…

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New York launches climate science data website

New York launches climate science data website

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) launched a new website to help communities with climate change adaptation and mitigation. The Climate Change…

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NYC adopts controversial 5-cent plastic bag fee to support city's zero waste goal

NYC adopts controversial 5-cent plastic bag fee to support city's zero waste goal

Just a few days after gaining Mayor Bill de Blasio’s support, a five-cent fee on single-use plastic bags has been approved by the NYC City Council. The law will require business…

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Bill de Blasio says he'll support a plastic bag fee to cut down on the 9 billion bags used annually in NYC

Bill de Blasio says he'll support a plastic bag fee to cut down on the 9 billion bags used annually in NYC

New York City could be the next American city in line to institute a plastic bag ‘tax’ on single-use grocery bags. Mayor Bill de Blasio suggest this week that he’d support a…

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AeroFarms is building the world's largest indoor vertical farm just 45 mins from Manhattan

AeroFarms is building the world's largest indoor vertical farm just 45 mins from Manhattan

AeroFarms broke ground last summer in Newark on what they are planning to be the world’s largest indoor vertical farm, as well as the company’s new headquarters. Using large scale…

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Mayor de Blasio announces that NYC solar power usage has tripled since 2014

Mayor de Blasio announces that NYC solar power usage has tripled since 2014

Talk about sunny news! Mayor de Blasio has announced that solar power in NYC has tripled since early 2014. Specifically, over the last two years, the solar capacity installed in NYC has…

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NYC launches Raised Shorelines project to protect low-lying neighborhoods from flooding

NYC launches Raised Shorelines project to protect low-lying neighborhoods from flooding

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced this week that new progress is being made toward protecting vulnerable communities from the effects of climate change. As part of the city’s OneNYC plan…

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Is NYC's sustainability plan hurting the people it should be helping the most?

Is NYC's sustainability plan hurting the people it should be helping the most?

The Environmental Justice Alliance is getting tough with its criticism against Mayor Bill de Blasio, saying his OneNYC sustainability plan hurts the people who need it the most. Rather…

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NYC's iconic MetLife building becomes a vertical farm in quirky architecture comic

NYC's iconic MetLife building becomes a vertical farm in quirky architecture comic

Metals in Construction magazine recently sponsored a design contest for the renovation of one of NYC’s most iconic landmarks, the 50+ story MetLife Building at 200 Park Avenue. Among…

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New laws will require NYC-owned building projects to slash energy usage in half

New laws will require NYC-owned building projects to slash energy usage in half

New York is strengthening its position as a leading city in green architecture and construction, marked by the passage of two new laws that up the ante for new buildings and major…

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Will NYC finally implement a plastic bag surcharge by Earth Day?

Will NYC finally implement a plastic bag surcharge by Earth Day?

“Last year, we said bag fees by Earth Day,” Council Member Brad Lander told Gotham Gazette, shortly before an unrelated committee hearing at City Hall. “I’m saying it again. Bag…

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Gotham Greens opens 60,000-sq-ft rooftop farm atop former toy company in Hollis, Queens

Gotham Greens opens 60,000-sq-ft rooftop farm atop former toy company in Hollis, Queens

Related: New Gowanus Whole Foods Will Have Rooftop Farm Operated by Gotham Greens “Opening this new state-of-the-art greenhouse facility in the middle of winter underscores the…

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NYCEDC launches UrbanTech NYC to support companies creating smart and sustainable cities

NYCEDC launches UrbanTech NYC to support companies creating smart and sustainable cities

Related: “Climate change represents one of the greatest challenges to our city, which is why we’ve committed to an 80 percent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050,”…

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Mayor de Blasio announces that all NYC buildings have discontinued burning harmful No. 6 heating oil

Mayor de Blasio announces that all NYC buildings have discontinued burning harmful No. 6 heating oil

Mayor de Blasio and Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Emily Lloyd have announced that all 5,300 NYC buildings that were previously burning No.6 heating oil, which…

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