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How New York City is preparing for expected rising sea levels from climate change

By Ginger Zee , Stephanie Ebbs and Others Photo: Jason Decrow , AP File Photo

The rise in sea levels has been imminent as concerns over climate change grow, and with the latest predictions and extreme weather events, cities are rushing to create long-term solutions to external events – especially around floods in coastal areas.

03/11/22
                                                               

What the UN climate report predicts for NYC

By Rosemary Misdary

New York needs to cease using fossil fuels immediately and move toward renewable sources of energy in order to limit the inevitable impact of climate change, experts said in response to the latest United Nations climate change report.

03/02/22
                                                               

New York Was Set to Expand Composting. Now It’s on the Chopping Block.

By Anne Bernard Photo: Richard B. Levin , Zuma Press

Rotten-tomato reviews were perhaps inevitable after Mayor Eric Adams proposed across-the-board 3 percent budget cuts, and some of the earliest and loudest are about actual decomposing vegetables.

02/23/22
                                                               

Central Park to launch an open-air laboratory for studying climate change

By Rosemary Misdary

A new partnership aims to turn Central Park into an open-air laboratory for scientists studying the impact of climate change on the city.
Over the next three to five years, Central Park Conservancy, Yale School for the Environment and the Natural Areas Conservancy will fund a project to analyze 40 years of meticulously-kept park records.

02/18/22
                                                               

What happened when NYC started naming and shaming buildings for bloated footprints

By John Lornic

In the fall of 2020, New York City doubled down on its well-recognized efforts to pressure the owners of large buildings to improve the energy efficiency of their assets. As of October 31, all landlords of structures over 25,000 square feet are required to post an energy-efficiency-rating “label,” updated annually, in the foyers of their buildings. Similar to the public health green/yellow/red signage in restaurant windows, the ratings range from A to F, depending on the results of a standardized audit. A recent investigation by The City, a New York online magazine, found that while many buildings are gradually becoming more energy efficient, nearly half scored Ds and Fs on last year’s rankings.

02/15/22
                                                               

How NineDot Energy will use $100M to install distributed batteries in NYC

By Jeff St. John

NineDot Energy has spent the past six years finding ways to work in New York City’s congested and ever-changing distributed-energy market, from analyzing the value of distributed solar to developing and selling megawatt-scale fuel-cell projects in the Bronx and Staten Island.

01/21/22
                                                               

NYC Green Roof Growth Outlined for 2022

New York City is home to more than 250,000 square feet of green roofs maintained by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. These urban spaces are intended to combat the heat island effect while supporting native plants, providing food, decreasing energy costs, enhancing air quality, sequestering carbon, improving stormwater management, and supporting wildlife. These areas host honeybee hives, vegetable gardens, hydroponic towers, solar panels, and green spaces for the public to enjoy.

01/19/22
                                                               

The Big Deal About NYC’s First Electric School Buses Being Diesel Repowers

By Joseph Wachunas

New York City has committed to going all-electric with its school buses by 2035. The first electric school buses are hitting the city’s streets now and they are pioneering a new model for transitioning their fleet. Instead of buying buses, Logan Bus Company, one of dozens of contractors that provides transportation services for the city, is instead converting five older diesel buses to electric.

New York City has committed to going all-electric with its school buses by 2035. The first electric school buses are hitting the city’s streets now and they are pioneering a new model for transitioning their fleet. Instead of buying buses, Logan Bus Company, one of dozens of contractors that provides transportation services for the city, is instead converting five older diesel buses to electric.

01/07/22
                                                               

In N.Y., battling climate change means killing 1,000 trees

By Rob Hotakainen Photo: Rob Hotakainen , E&E News

After years of planning by city officials, New Yorkers got a close-up glimpse of the trade-offs inherent in the fight against climate change when crews this month began cutting down the first of a thousand trees targeted for removal in John V. Lindsay East River Park.

12/22/21
                                                               

California Cities Lead Nation in Clean Energy, New Report Finds

By Madeline Fitzgerald Photo: Andrew Zarivny , Shutterstock

The ACEEE, a nonprofit research organization, released a report this week that ranked 100 major U.S. cities. The rankings are based on five policy areas: community-wide initiatives, buildings policies, transportation policies, local government operations and energy and water utilities.

12/16/21