In April, 2019, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced New York City’s own Green New Deal as “a bold and audacious plan to attack global warming on all fronts. It is comprised of $14 billion in new and committed investments, legislation and concrete action at the City level that will ensure a nearly 30 percent additional reduction in emissions by 2030, a total emissions reduction of 40 percent by 2030 and putting ourselves on track for full carbon neutrality by 2050.” Among many other commitments to health, jobs and transportation, the Green New Deal requires 50,000 buildings to cut their emissions through efficiencies, bans new inefficient glass-walled buildings, moves to bring Canadian hydro-power to create carbon-free electricity by 2025, makes organics recycling mandatory, reduces waste, and commits to a carbon neutral fleet by 2040. The City is also investing $20 billion in resiliency planning to protect the City from sea-level rise and other effects of climate change. See the full report here. 

The price of electricity in the New York City area is more than 40 percent higher than the national average, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Time to Create a Fast Lane for Zero-Emission Vehicles in New York; Here’s How

By Eric Rothman, Ignacio Montojo, & Hayley Prim 02/21/23
In late January, Mayor Adams announced a bold and exciting goal to require New York City’s for-hire vehicle fleet to reach zero emissions by 2030. This was a welcome step forward, considering the goal is…
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Indoor Pollutant Concentrations Are Significantly Lower in Homes Without a Gas Stove, Nonprofit Finds

By Delaney Dryfoos and Victoria St. Martin 02/14/23
One day in April 2019, Ángela Norales, a public housing tenant at 1471 Watson Ave. in the Bronx, went to the hospital complaining of shortness of breath. When she arrived, her doctors told her she…
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Proposal for New York City sea walls unveiled by the Army Corps of Engineers

By John Tejada 02/11/23
“We think there are enough coastal storm risks in these regions, downtown Manhattan, East Harlem that we should do something,” said Bryce Wisemiller, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers New York District. “And these are our…
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Our City Could Become One of the World’s Greenest, but It Won’t Be Easy

By Paul Greenberg and Gernot Wagner 02/07/23
Rules are being drafted to guide compliance with a 2019 New York City law that requires most of about 50,000 buildings, many over 25,000 square feet, to cut their greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent…
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New York City Government Struggles to Advance Sustainability Goals

By Steve Cohen 02/06/23
There is always a large gap between public policy pronouncements and public management accomplishments. Policy goals pretend to provide answers and solutions when, in fact, public policy never solves problems or provides a comprehensive solution.…
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How New York City’s Trees and Shrubs Help Clear Its Air

By Winston Choi-Schagrin 01/19/23
Andrew Reinmann looked past the buildings on a recent afternoon in Harlem and focused instead on the trees. Along St. Nicholas Terrace, Dr. Reinmann noted rows of London planes and oaks embedded in cement. In…
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Rising Groundwater Threatens New York City — Researchers to Study How Much

By Samantha Maldonado 01/18/23
Groundwater is lurking as an under-the-radar threat in coastal New York City, but officials stopped 50 years of routine monitoring in 2013. Now, environmental agencies are starting to take a deep look again.
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The New York Harbor now teems with life. Thank the Clean Water Act.

By John Waldman 12/30/22
Dr. Waldman is a professor of biology at Queens College and the author of “Heartbeats in the Muck: The History, Sea Life, and Environment of New York Harbor.”
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Snow go for NYC’s electric garbage trucks that can’t handle winter weather

By Sophia Chang 12/27/22
Don’t count on seeing electric garbage trucks plowing snow from city streets any time soon. The city Department of Sanitation's goals to become carbon neutral are clashing with the limits of electric-powered vehicles. The department…
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Major NYC climate law in jeopardy as 400 people virtually crash buildings meeting

By Rosemary Misdary 11/16/22
Hundreds of people crashed what would have been a routine Department of Buildings meeting to draw attention to proposals by the New York City mayor that they say could gut a landmark piece of climate…
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New York City Is Using More Green Energy. But It Has a Storage Problem.

By Kaya Laterman 11/03/22
This fall, when students returned to the Junior High School 144 complex in the Pelham Gardens section of the Bronx, most of them probably didn’t notice that the odd, triangular-shaped parking lot across the street…
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NYC secures federal grant to roll out 51 all-electric school buses, Mayor Adams pushes for more

By Chris Sommerfeldt 11/02/22
New York City’s yellow school buses are going green — or at least some of them. Dozens of all-electric school buses are about to hit city streets thanks to funding from President Biden’s infrastructure package,…
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New York City Reaches Milestone In Advancing Offshore Wind Vision Plan And Transitioning To Green Economy

As submissions for New York State Energy Research and Development Authority's (NYSERDA) third competitive offshore wind (OSW) solicitation close, New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) applauds Governor Kathy Hochul, NYSERDA, and Mayor Eric Adams…

Mayor Adams Signs two Pieces of Legislation — to Support Students With Disabilities Entering Higher Education, Build More Sustainable Future by Reducing Single-Use Plastic use

New York City Mayor Eric Adams today signed two pieces of legislation — the first to support high school students with disabilities as they transition to higher education and a second to reduce unnecessary waste…

Mayor Adams Announces Major Milestone in Project to “Daylight” Tibbetts Brook, Extends Putnam Greenway in Bronx

New York City Mayor Eric Adams today announced that the city has hit a key milestone in the project to uncover Tibbetts Brook and extend the Putnam Greenway in the Bronx. Following years of a…

New Project Will Develop Climate Action Plan to Ensure New York City Water Quality

Nearly three million dollars in federal funding will support a project implemented by Columbia University in partnership with New York City’s Watershed Agricultural Council. The funds will be used to develop a climate action plan…

Here’s how Canadian hydropower will power 1 million New York City homes from 2026

By Michelle Lewis | 09/21/22
The Champlain Hudson Power Express (CHPE), a high-voltage direct current (HVDC) line, will deliver 1,250 megawatts of clean electricity from Canada’s Hydro-Québec, the fourth-largest hydropower producer in the world, to New York City.

Mayor Adams Releases Rainfall Ready Nyc Action Plan, Preparing City Government And New Yorkers For More Extreme Rainfall

New York City Mayor Eric Adams, New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Rohit T. Aggarwala, and New York City Emergency Management (NYCEM) Commissioner Zach Iscol today released the Rainfall Ready NYC action…

Microsoft and Jeff Bezos are backing this start-up that aims to retrofit millions of old buildings with ‘green’ energy

In a four-story apartment building in Brooklyn, New York, a very small company is implementing a very big idea: Electrify every building in the United States by leasing landlords the necessary equipment to make the…

Is This Finally the Year of the Electric Car?

Last summer, Hank Gutman, serving as New York’s transportation commissioner, encountered a couple in the Bronx who were charging their Nissan Leaf, running an extension cord out of their apartment window and across the sidewalk.…

Mayor Adams Announces Agreement to Transform South Brooklyn Marine Terminal Into Leading Offshore Wind Hub

New York City Mayor Eric Adams today announced an agreement that will transform the city-owned South Brooklyn Marine Terminal (SBMT) into one of the largest offshore wind port facilities in the nation. The agreement will…

Can Quebec’s Dams Power New York City? Blackstone Is Betting $4.5 Billion on It.

Construction is expected to begin this spring on one of the largest renewable energy projects in New York since Niagara Falls was harnessed for hydropower more than a half-century ago.

New York City is banning natural gas hookups for new buildings to fight climate change

The New York City Council on Wednesday voted to pass legislation banning the use of natural gas in most new construction, a move that will substantially slash climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions from the country’s most…

New York City Is Betting Big on Offshore Wind Turbines

New York City is making a big investment in renewable energy that will literally change the city’s landscape. Last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced plans for a $191 million investment in offshore wind turbines…

Rikers Island could become renewable energy hub

New York’s notorious jail on Rikers Island is expected to close by 2027. And the site could next be used to produce clean energy. New York’s city council has passed legislation calling for research on…

Mayor de Blasio Announces Offshore Wind Vision for New York City

Mayor de Blasio and New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) today announced a 15-year, $191 million Offshore Wind Vision (OSW) plan to make New York City a leading destination for the offshore wind industry.…

NYS selects 2 green energy projects for massive NYC decarbonization plan

City and state leaders hope that two green energy infrastructure projects will help decarbonize New York City into a greener future that moves them away from its reliance on fossil fuels, which fuels 85% of…

Renewable Energy Coming To Astoria Fossil Fuel Plant, Says Hochul

Gov. Kathy Hochul said on Monday that she would work to transition New York City from fossil fuels to renewable energy, pointing at a fossil fuel-burning plant in Astoria where a debate between gas and…

Climate Week: Major Green Energy Infrastructure Projects to Power New York City with new Wind, Solar and Hydropower

During Climate Week, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Kathy Hochul today announced two major green energy infrastructure projects to power New York City with wind, solar and hydropower projects from upstate New York and…

Senate Bill S3521A

Relates to expanding customer access to community distributed generation

New York City Department of Environmental Protection partners with Arcadis to drive city-wide resilience

By Arcadis 06/18/21
Arcadis today announced its partnership with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to launch a $53 million program designed to engage property owners across the city with resiliency measures that improve local and…

New York Legislature Passes Cross-Utility Crediting for CDG Projects

By Peter Ross 06/16/21
On June 10, 2021, the New York legislature passed a bill allowing customers to subscribe to certain community distributed generation (CDG) projects sited outside of their utility service territory, a practice known as “cross-utility credits.

NYC Mayor Announces Step Forward Toward Purchase of Large-Scale Renewable Electricity

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced New York City has signed a letter of intent in partnership with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority committing the City to pursuing a joint purchase…

Action on Global Warming: NYC’s Green New Deal

Mayor de Blasio announced New York City's Green New Deal, a bold and audacious plan to attack global warming on all fronts. It is comprised of $14 billion in new and committed investments, legislation and…

New York City’s Roadmap to 80×50

Climate change is an existential threat to our city, our country, and our planet. With the signing of the Paris Agreement in December 2015, 195 nations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change…

Greener, Greater Buildings Plan

To reach its aggressive sustainability goals, New York City needs to do more than improve new construction and renovations. It has to proactively address energy waste in its existing structures, a problem that is difficult to tackle because…


New York League of Conservation Voters

NYLCV is the only statewide environmental organization in New York that fights for clean water, clean air, renewable energy and open space through political action. We’re non-partisan, pragmatic and effective...

New York City Panel on Climate Change 2019 Report Executive Summary

Cities and the communities who live in them are significantly impacted by climate shifts in both means and extremes. These are already affecting the New York metropolitan region and will increasingly do so in the…

Know Your Zone

Know Your Zone Is Your Destination For Everything You Need To Know About Hurricanes In New York City. You'll Find Information About The City's Hurricane Evacuation Zones, The Hazards You May Face From A Hurricane,…

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Saving saltmarsh sparrows and their habitat in the face of sea-level rise.

Hey New York, are you flood-ready?

Learn about your flood zone and potential next steps.

The East Side Coastal Resiliency ProjectThe East Side Coastal Resiliency Project

The East Side Coastal Resiliency (ESCR) Project is a coastal protection initiative, jointly funded by the City of New York and the federal government, aimed at reducing flood risk due to coastal storms and sea…


To amend the New York city building code, in relation to requiring that the roofs of certain buildings be partially covered in green roof or solar photovoltaic electricity generating systems

Local Laws Of The City Of New York For The Year 2019

To amend the administrative code of the city of New York and the New York city building code, in relation to requiring that the roofs of certain buildings be covered in green roofs or solar…


Re: New York-New Jersey Harbor Tributaries Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study Interim Report.


Solar One is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization whose mission is to design and deliver innovative education, training, and technical assistance that fosters sustainability and resiliency in diverse urban environments.

NY & NJ Harbor & Tributaries Focus Area Feasibility Study (HATS)

Coastal storms have severely impacted the North Atlantic Coast of the United States, including the New York-New Jersey Harbor region.

NYC’s roofs are getting a sustainable makeover

It's been two months since New York's Sustainable Roof Laws, part of the Climate Mobilization Act, took effect. Now architects and officials must decide: Are green roof systems or solar systems best?

Lower Manhattan Coastal Resiliency Study

On March 14, 2019, the City of New York released the Lower Manhattan Climate Resilience Study, a comprehensive look at current and future climate risks and impacts on Lower Manhattan as a part of the…

1.5°C: Aligning New York City with the Paris Climate Agreement

On June 1, 2017, President Trump announced his intention to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement (Paris Agreement), abdicating American leadership on climate change, one of the most significant challenges facing humanity.…

plaNYC Progress Report 2014

PlaNYC was a strategic plan released by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2007 to prepare the city for one million more residents, strengthen the economy, combat climate change, and enhance the quality of…

Clean Energy Generation Program

Through the Clean Energy Program, DEM works to expand solar photovoltaic (PV) and other distributed energy resources across the City’s portfolio of buildings. The City has established a goal of installing 100MW of solar photovoltaic…

New York City Panel on Climate Change: NPCC 2019 Report

In March, the NPCC released Advancing Tools and Methods for Flexible Adaptation Pathways and Science Policy Integration, which reaffirms the 2015 NPCC projections as the projections of record for New York City.

Sea Level Rise: What is Expected for New York

Information on planning, risks, legislation, and the Sea Level Rise Task Force.

New York City Climate Resiliency Design Guidelines

In April 2018, New York City released new Climate Resiliency Design Guidelines that apply to all City capital projects, aside from coastal protection projects. The guidelines direct planners, engineers, architects, and others involved in project…

NYC Mayor’s Office of Resiliency

The Mayor’s Office of Resiliency (MOR) strives to adapt New York City to the unprecedented challenge of climate change, creating a more resilient, equitable and vibrant city for the New Yorkers of today and generations…

OneNYC 2050

OneNYC 2050 is a strategy to secure our city’s future against the challenges of today and tomorrow. With bold actions to confront our climate crisis, achieve equity, and strengthen our democracy, we are building a…

New York City Enacts Greenhouse Gas Emission Limits for Major Buildings

On April 22, 2019, the New York City Council celebrated Earth Day by enacting the “Climate Mobilization Act” into law. The centerpiece of this important legislative package is Introduction 1253-2018 (“Intro 1253”). This local law…

How New York City is preparing for climate change

In 2008, New York City's Mayor Bloomberg brought together leading climate scientists, academics and members of the private sector to advise the city on adapting to the impacts of climate change. This group, called the…

The NYC Retrofit Accelerator

The NYC Retrofit Accelerator offers free, personalized advisory services that streamline the process of making energy efficiency improvements to your building that will reduce operating costs, enhance tenant comfort, and improve our environment.

New York City Panel on Climate Change Releases 2019 Report

The New York City Panel on Climate Change has been helping NYC prepare for climate change since 2008. Its 2019 report, released today, finds that climate change is increasingly present in everyday New York. Extreme weather events are…


Exclusive: New York project to combine solar power with high-speed broadband

By Andrew Freedman   06/08/21  
A new type of housing initiative kicking off in New York City seeks to address two major problems facing the U.S. today: The lack of widespread, high-speed broadband access for low-income residents, and the need…
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First electric school buses to hit NYC streets in September

By Erik Bascome   06/04/21  
The first steps in fully electrifying New York City’s school buses will be taken this September. Thursday marked the arrival of New York City’s first electric school bus, with Logan Bus Company, which is responsible…
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By Robert Lee Hotz   06/04/21  
The Future of Everything covers the innovation and technology transforming the way we live, work and play, with monthly issues on health, money, artificial intelligence and more. This month is Cities & Real Estate, online starting June 4 and in…
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Riders Are Abandoning Buses and Trains. That’s a Problem for Climate Change.

By Somini Sengupta and others   05/27/21  
Public transit offers a simple way for cities to lower greenhouse gas emissions, but the pandemic has pushed ridership, and revenue, off a cliff in many big systems
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To Protect a Community from Climate Change, New York is Elevating a Park

By Angela Moore   05/25/21  
The storm and its aftermath were a wake-up call that New York City was not immune from the more severe storms and rising sea levels caused by climate change.
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Oil Companies and Community Activists Join Together to Create an Offshore Wind Project—and Jobs

By Nicholas Kusnetz   05/09/21  
When Aroldo Garcia learned that the operations base for a major offshore wind project was coming to his Brooklyn neighborhood, he thought about the jobs it could provide for his family members and friends who…
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The Mayor Says All School Buses In NYC Will Be Electric By 2035. This Is Monumental. What’s Next?

In October of 2020, the NYC Clean School Bus Coalition officially launched, vowing to fight for the electrification of all NYC school buses. At the launch, the coalition released its 2020–2021 Agenda, which includes implementation…
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Empire State Realty Trust agrees to buy 300 million kilowatt hours of wind energy

By YCC Team   05/05/21  
For almost a century, the tall spire of the Empire State Building has lit up the New York City skyline at night. In recent years, those lights have been powered by renewables. Since 2011, the…
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New York City Is Reviving Curbside Composting. Critics Say It’s A Step Back

By Danny Lewis   04/23/21  
To celebrate Earth Day this week, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a new lawsuit against several major oil and gas companies, while his new Department of Education Chancellor, Meisha Ross Porter, showed off the first…
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National Grid Is Building A Natural Gas Pipeline Through North Brooklyn. But Do We Need It?

By Sydney Pereira   04/16/21  
In Brooklyn, construction is underway for a 7-mile pipeline meant to reinforce the city’s natural gas system. Environmental activists have waged countless protests against the project run by National Grid—gaining political allies, including Mayor Bill…
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10,000-Year-Old Legacy Of Biodiversity Endangered By Queens Development Project

By Nathan Kensinger   04/16/21  
Flushing Creek is one of the most polluted bodies of water in Queens, home to a century of oil spills and raw sewage. Made famous in literature as The Great Gatsby’s “valley of ashes,'' the…
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Second Circuit Affirms Dismissal of New York City’s Climate Suit

By Jones Day   04/12/21  
The Second Circuit dismissed New York City's climate suit because the Clean Air Act governs the regulation of domestic emissions and foreign concerns caution against judicial intervention in regulating foreign emissions.
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Proposed hydroelectric plant near Ashokan Reservoir shifts location after stiff opposition

Lukas Southard   04/12/21  
A proposed plan to build a hydroelectric plant at the Ashokan Reservoir — a major recreation area in Ulster County and supplier of approximately 40 percent of New York City’s drinking water — is now…
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City Island Electric Customers Tap Renewable Energy Storage

Matthew Mercure   04/12/21  
Con Edison and GI Energy have installed a 1 MW/1 MWh battery system on City Island in the Bronx. It is the second storage system the partners have installed under a demonstration project.
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Residents, businesses in Black communities struggle to afford transition to green energy technologies

By Jay Dow   04/12/21  
The dedicated congregation of the historic Bright Light Baptist Church in Brownsville, Brooklyn never wavered in their conviction throughout the coronavirus pandemic, but they did have a different issue: the heating.
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Eric Adams’ plan: Turn NYC into wind energy manufacturing hub

By Carl Campanile   04/07/21  
Mayoral candidate Eric Adams says the solution to reviving New York City’s economy amid the coronavirus pandemic is blowing in the wind.
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Andrew Yang Wants To Turn NYC Into A Bitcoin Megahub. That Would Be Terrible For Climate Change

By Lydia McMullen-Laird   04/05/21  
Mayoral contender Andrew Yang wants New York City to capitalize on the Bitcoin boom.
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New York’s outgoing climate tsar hopes Biden can help save city from sea rise

By Oliver Milman   04/02/21  
Following an eight-year tenure as New York City’s climate tsar, a tumultuous period when the city faced Superstorm Sandy and charged headlong into a legal battle with fossil fuel companies, Daniel Zarrilli is departing his position.
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NY’s outgoing climate czar says he hopes Biden can save city from rising seas

By Christian Spencer   04/02/21  
Senior Director of Climate Policy and Programs for the City of New York Daniel Zarrilli is resigning his position.
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Oil companies defeat New York City appeal over global warming

By Jonathan Stempel and Sebastien Malo   04/01/21  
A federal appeals court on Thursday rejected New York City’s effort to hold five major oil companies liable to help pay the costs of addressing harm caused by global warming.
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Andrew Yang embraces plan to build NYC’s first green energy hub in Queens

By Carl Campanile   03/30/21  
Andrew Yang is backing a plan to convert the dormant Long Island City waterfront into the city’s first green energy hub if elected, the mayoral candidate told The Post.
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Ending Environmental Racism in The Bronx

By Nathalia Fernandez   03/29/21  
Environmental Justice
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New York City pension funds surpass climate change goal

By Hazel Bradford   03/23/21  
New York City pension funds will invest more than $6 billion in projects that fight climate change, surpassing their $4 billion goal, trustees said Tuesday.
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NYC Now Has a Longer Allergy Season, But Not For Everyone

By Erick Adame   03/19/21  
It may be no surprise to hear that the allergy season is beginning earlier in the spring and lasting longer into the fall. But not all allergies are created equal and new pollens are potentially…
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Benjamin Plans to Tackle Environmental Racism and Climate Change Through Comptroller’s Office

By Samar Khurshid   03/19/21  
As the coronavirus ravaged New York City, it quickly became apparent that its effects were being felt disparately across the boroughs. Black and brown communities that have been the dumping ground for the city’s most-polluting…
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De Blasio touts city’s new climate bills: ‘This will make New York City safer, stronger’

By Joseph Choi   03/18/21  
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) praised the passing of two new city bills focused on climate change, saying they will help the city to be “safer, stronger, and better prepared for extreme weather.”
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OPINION: Reduce Emissions, Yes, But Also Reduce the Use of Cars Entirely

By Julie Tighe   01/14/21  
The New York League of Conservation Voters recently put out its agenda for 2021, and a chief recommendation was reducing transportation emissions through cleaner fuels and electrification. We at Streetsblog were concerned that a cleaner car is…
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Toyota to Pay a Record Fine for a Decade of Clean Air Act Violations

By Hiroko Tabuchi   01/14/21  
Toyota Motor is set to pay a $180 million fine for longstanding violations of the Clean Air Act, the U.S. attorney’s Office in Manhattan announced on Thursday, the largest civil penalty ever levied for a…
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NYC Mayoral Front-Runner, Embracing Climate Activists’ Demands, Vows To Ban Fossil Fuels

By Alexander C. Kaufman   01/10/21  
Scott Stringer is leaning into the Green New Deal to consolidate support among the Big Apple’s political left.  The 34-page proposal Stringer laid out Sunday would transform the five boroughs, glazing the rooftops with solar…
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JFK Airport to Be the Home of New York States Largest Solar Power Site

By Metropoliton Airport News   01/06/21  
When completed, the JFK solar project will be the largest canopy system in New York State. The Port Authority Board of Commissioners authorized the development, construction and operation of New York State’s largest on-site solar…
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Building back with better buses

By Tom Matte And Danny Pearlstein   01/05/21  
The climate and COVID crises prove that our city and state have moved too slowly and timidly toward fair, safe and sustainable public space and transit infrastructure. Mayor de Blasio and Gov. Cuomo must prioritize…
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Tides of change in New York

By Yoana Cholteeva   01/04/21  
New York may soon benefit from an injection of tidal power into its grid as tidal energy startup Verdant Power installs a half-scale generator in the East River tidal strait. We explore what this means…
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Governor Cuomo Announces Largest Public Electric Vehicle Fast-Charging Station in the Northeast Now Available at JFK Airport

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the largest publicly accessible fast-charging station for electric vehicles in the Northeast is now operational at John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens. The ten-port charging station is…
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NYC site will host a 100 MW/400 MWh energy storage system

By Jean Haggerty   12/18/20  
Under a seven-year contract with Con Edison, the utility will bid power from the battery system into New York State’s wholesale energy market.  
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NY Largest Energy Storage Facility Coming to Astoria

By Rachel Vick   12/17/20  
An industrial site on the East River in Astoria will soon host the largest energy storage facility in New York.
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How climate change is affecting winter storms.

By John Schwartz   12/17/20  
The major winter storm that hit the Eastern United States on Wednesday and Thursday probably prompted some people to ask, “What happened to global warming?”
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New York State’s Largest Solar Power Canopy Storage System at JFK Airport Authorized to Begin Development, Furthering Port Authority’s Commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement

By The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey   12/17/20  
The Port Authority Board of Commissioners authorized the development, construction and operation of New York State’s largest onsite solar plus storage system at John F. Kennedy International Airport. The JFK solar installation will create a…
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New York utility Con Edison signs deal for 100MW battery project at former fossil fuel plant site

By Andy Colthorpe   12/17/20  
An agreement has been signed for a 100MW / 400MWh battery storage project in Queens, New York, by utility company Con Edison and Hanwha Group-affiliated renewable energy developer 174 Power Global.
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How to slash buildings’ growing greenhouse gas emissions

By Justin Calma   12/16/20  
Carbon dioxide coming from the buildings where we live and work set a new record in 2019. What’s more, those planet-heating emissions will probably keep rising after the pandemic, the authors of a new UN report warn.…
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Con Edison Contracts Its Biggest Battery to Date in New York City

By Jeff St. John   12/16/20  
New York utility Con Edison has signed its biggest energy storage contract to date, a 100-megawatt/400-megawatt-hour lithium-ion battery project that will help balance a grid facing rising levels of offshore wind and other renewable power in the…
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NYC’s climate change concern theater

By Douglas Durst   12/14/20  
New York City finally released recently its own long-delayed report card on environmental progress recently — more than a year late. The results were concerning and frustrating.
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By Rose Adams   12/02/20  
Miles of low-lying neighborhoods along Brooklyn’s coast will suffer annual floods by 2050 because of rising sea levels, scientists predict in a new interactive map.
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8 Years After Sandy, New York City Lags On Climate. Will The 2021 Election Change That?

By Alexander C. Kaufman   10/22/20  
New Yorkers keep voting for climate hard-liners. Next year, they'll choose a new mayor, comptroller and a majority of the City Council.
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This is New York in the not-so-distant future

By Andrew Rice   10/14/20  
For the past 15 years or so, Jacob has been primarily preoccupied with a more existential danger: the rising sea. The latest scientific findings suggest that a child born today in this island metropolis may…
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A Climate Center on Governors Island? Could Be a Game Changer

By Michael Kimmelman   09/17/20  
A rezoning proposal that has been floating around is finally up for city review. This kind of development is just what New York needs now.
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New Tools Track Action on Climate Laws in New York State and NYC

BySarah Fecht   08/24/20  
Two tools, recently launched by the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University, will help to monitor progress in implementing new climate laws in New York State and New York City.
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Residents Fight to Keep Composting From Getting Trashed in New York City’s Covid-19 Budget Cuts

By Ilana Cohen   06/12/20  
The New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) temporarily suspended its collection of curbside composting on May 4. Although the program is set to resume on June 30, 2021, many city residents and elected officials…
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Empire State of Green

By Sarah Kaplan and Aaron Steckelberg   05/27/20  
New York’s most famous skyscraper shrank its planet-warming emissions by 40 percent. Can the rest of the city do the same?
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Helping the Environment, One Small Sensor at a Time

By Ellen Rosen   05/13/20  
New York City nonprofits are using a cloud-based service from the start-up Temboo that helps monitor storm-water runoff and other environmental factors.
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New York City Had One of Its Least Snowy Winters on Record

By Anne Barnard   03/02/20  
On Feb. 1 in Central Park, children threw snowballs and slid down a mound of snow. But the snow was machine-made for a winter festival, and for New York City, it was virtually the only…
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