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Key Nutrition Program Hits Snags at Farmers' Markets

When the WIC program took steps to get more fresh produce into recipients' diets, the results were promising. But the initiative is being held back by administrative flaws and, yes, a political battle over white potatoes.

Report Details Woes for NYC's Electric-Cab Experiment

Documents obtained by City Limits outline a litany of obstacles that the city's pilot project has so far been unable to surmount.

EPA Approves Gowanus Cleanup Plan

The agency's decision—which backtracked on a proposal to store some contaminated material in Red Hook—clears the way for a $506 million cleanup to begin.

Seeing Green at the City’s Farmers’ Markets

New York City boasts 138 farmers markets, and 58 news ones in the last six years. On a recent sunny Wednesday, a group of reporters from the CUNY Graduate School harvested scenes from the city’s outdoor supermarket.

As Biking Booms, Questions of Race, Class & Access

Some say there are too few bike lanes in low-income areas. But bike paths that do exist in those neighborhoods can stir resentment. How divided are Brooklynites when they get on two wheels?

For Some Landlords, It's Not Easy Going Green

If New York is to meet PlanNYC's goals, apartment buildings must get greener. While property owners and tenants both benefit from more efficient systems, getting them up and running takes a different kind of green.

Greening Brooklyn from the Ground Up

What role do neighborhood groups play in the global effort to save the environment? What does sustainable living offer to low-income New Yorkers? We asked the experts.

As City Plants Trees, Benefits—and Some Burdens—Grow

The city’s MillionTrees program fights asthma and global warming. But tightening maintenance budgets, increasingly severe weather and decades-old planting decisions complicate trees’ contribution.

City Sewage Plan Faces Obstacles, Questions

Advocates praise the motives behind New York's plan to reduce the amount of sewage released untreated into its waterways. But they're worried about the details.

Their Smoke, Our Smog: Meet These Midwestern Power Plants

Local car exhaust is one reason why New York officials have had to declare several ozone alert days this year. But out-of-state smokestacks are also a major contributor to air problems in the city.

Green Energy Company Gets New, Fossil-Fuel Burning Owner

As environmentally laudable as Green Mountain’s Energy's product may be, the company has long had corporate ties to the fossil fuel industry, and those ties have only gotten closer.

Commercial Waste & Recycling Get City Scrutiny

NYC wants to know how frequently various types of business recycle, which is a good question considering that for about 18 years the law has required it.

NYC's Fake Grass Gamble: A $300M Mistake?

In 1998, New York City began installing synthetic turf fields in parks and playgrounds, saying the artificial material would be more durable than grass. But a City Limits investigation finds that many turf fields are falling apart, including this one at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.

The City on Defense

Dismissing questions about health

It Won't Taste Great

The Health Questions Multiply

A Test For Testing

New Products, New Rules

A Swing and a Hit

An Alternative at the Ballpark

City Expands East River & Long Island Sound Cleanup Effort

The effort aims to reduce nitrogen discharged from wastewater treatment plants, before it enters the watershed and drives away or kills fish.

Did Environmentalist Back Arizona's SB1070?

New York-based community groups have taken up a national campaign to fight Arizona's controversial anti-illegal immigration law by targeting a local foundation supporting environmental causes.

Most Oil Heaters Will Get Cleaner, But Dirtiest Won't

Gov. Paterson is expected to sign a law that will reduce the sulfur content in oil used to heat most homes. But other, dirtier heating fuels are exempted from the measure.


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BLOG ENTRIES

Study: Green Carts—Those It Could Find—Are Working - Jarrett Murphy

A new study finds that the city's Green Carts are delivering fresh produce to low-income people in under-served neighborhoods and giving entrepreneurs a foothold in the marketplace. But many permitted Green Carts could not be located.

Celebrate Earth Day: Find Pollution Near You! - Jarrett Murphy

Online tools let you see which companies release which toxic substances in your neighborhood and borough. There's good news and bad news in the numbers.

New York City Eyeing Wider Use of Biodiesel - Jack Curran

If you're in New York City as you read this, chances are you're being heated by oil that includes biodiesel. Soon, all city vehicles—and maybe private ones, too—might be mandated to use the same fuel.

Hope, Hesitation as Waste-to-Energy Gets New Look - Jarrett Murphy

Amid coverage of what Mayor Bloomberg said in his annual address about schools, cops and wages, the mayor's reference to a once-controversial notion—"the possibility of cleanly converting trash into renewable energy"—passed all but unnoticed.

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EVENTS

Empowering Ethical Elders

Thursday, July 31, 2014
6:00p - 8:00p

National Health Center Week

Friday, August 01, 2014
10:00a - 02:00p

Seduction of Spirit

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CONVERSATIONS/OPINONS

Can NY Fight Global Warming Without Nuclear Power?

By Richard Thomas

Can NY Fight Global Warming Without Nuclear Power?

The experience of California, Germany and Japan is clear, the author argues: Close nuclear plants and CO2 emissions soar as other power sources fill the gap.

Feds' Green Could Be Even Greener

By Denise Scott

Feds' Green Could Be Even Greener

Federal weatherization funding can be used to address not only the energy efficiency of buildings but also their financial sustainability, resident health and safety, all while upgrading green skills for workers.

Let's Streamline the Weatherization Process

By Gordon Bell

While the establishment of programs like Green Jobs Green New York has certainly helped scale up programs that use weatherization to attack a set of urban ills, there remains work to be done.

Go Green. Fight Poverty.

By Betsy MacLean

Go Green. Fight Poverty.

Even in poor neighborhoods not home to power plants, waste transfer stations or the other egregious environmental offenders, physical conditions sustain not just ill health, but poverty as well.

Two Sides of the Green Story

By Marilyn Gelber

Two Sides of the Green Story

The environmental progress New York City—and Brooklyn especially—have made reflects federal legislation and local infrastructure. But it's also been a story of community groups working to make their neighborhoods healthier.

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MULTIMEDIA

Power NY -- The New NY Agenda

This document articulates New York State gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo's energy and power agenda.

Environmental Justice and the Green Economy

In a newly released report, environmental justice leaders advance a vision in which sustainability and justice - "justainability" - must be simultaneous results; that one simply cannot happen without the other.

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