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Sustainability

For Sunset Park, Proposed BRT Routes Could Help Foster Jobs

After a campaign pledge by Mayor de Blasio, a report suggests eight new bus routes around the city that would help fulfill it.

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.

Hurricanes Shaped East River Waterfront Plan

There's no question that the Blueway Plan will provide that direct access to the water. What can't be known yet is whether it will also provide protection from it.

Sheridan Foes Hope to Fix Road They Couldn't Kill

Residents and advocates were disappointed the city didn't just shut down the short, troublesome highway. Now they're backing a city plan to at least improve it.

Court Battle Over Brooklyn Compost Site

As the city targets wider food-waste composting, an earlier yard-waste collection program has two city departments squaring off against some East New York residents.

Warm-Water Fish Invade New York City's Waters

Fishers in Long Island Sound are seeing species that normally swim far to the south. Dramatically warmer waters are challenging both the fishing industry and the regulatory system that governs it.

Fiscal Woes, Long-Held Fears Spur Waste-to-Energy Debate

New York is thinking about diverting garbage from out-of-state landfills and using it to generate electricity locally. The plan pits concerns about city spending and carbon emissions against fears of environmental injustice.

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.

Obama's Urban Policy: Slow Start. Sustainable Finish?

The president's campaign pledge to pay attention to cities got some tough early reviews. But now communities around the country are getting federal help to plan for the future.

Making Plans: What Other Cities Say About Their Futures

Some U.S. cities are guided by comprehensive plans for physical growth and government spending. Do the likes of Portland and Miami have something to teach New York?

Five Boroughs. One City. No Plan.

Is the city's failure to plan a plan for failure?

Got Juice?: Choices Loom After Power Project's Demise

A year after the collapse of a plan for new transmission lines to New York City, questions remain. Was the need for new infrastructure a myth? Or are tougher choices ahead for consumers?

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.

Tough Love In The Big City

Kids in New York have often had a lot to fear. So how’d we end up afraid of them?

Can Industry Save A Staten Island Marsh?

In the second of our three-part series about environmental worries on Staten Island, we look at the pros and cons of sacrificing marshland to create jobs and a new park.

Reviews: A City on Fire

"New York, like Vietnam, wasn’t so simple, and the fatal flaw in applying a RAND model to New York City’s fires lay in the fact cities are comprised of human beings, and human beings make mistakes."

Asthma In New York: Old News, New Battles

Fights over congestion pricing and the city's sanitation strategy have receded from the headlines. But in North Brooklyn, worry is still in the air.

White House Will Name New Urban Czar

A day after the first White House director of urban affairs moved to HUD, the Obama administration said it will retain the post.

NYC Greener Now Than 3 Years Ago?

An advocate says too many new Yorkers are still living in toxic housing and too many environmental laws are still being broken without consequence.

Making Public Housing Public

Ideas for weaving public housing back into the city's social fabric.


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EVENTS

The Twists and Turns of Green-Wood

Saturday, April 19, 2014
1:00p - 3:00p

Midtown Pregnancy Support Center 2014 Annual Benefit - Reach NYC

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
6:00p - 10:00p

Free Head and Neck Cancer Screenings

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
9:00p - 12:00p

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CONVERSATIONS/OPINONS

New Water Tunnel Shows NYC Can Meet Post-Sandy Challenge

By Marilyn Gelber and John Bennett

New Water Tunnel Shows NYC Can Meet Post-Sandy Challenge

The lessons of New York City’s water supply system are instructive as the city addresses the equally profound challenge of adapting to climate change.

Community Developers Must Help Green NYC

By Adam Friedman

Community Developers Must Help Green NYC

To both reach PlaNYC’s ambitious goals–and to exceed them in those in areas where PlaNYC fell short –community-based organizations must be essential partners.

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.

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MULTIMEDIA

State of the Chains 2012

The Center for an Urban Future's latest report, State of the Chains, 2012, finds that the number of chain stores in New York City increased for the fifth straight year, underscored by especially strong growth among retailers in the Bronx.

Recycling in Brooklyn

Recycling rates by Brooklyn community district, in 2005 and 2011, as compiled by the Center for the Study of Brooklyn at Brooklyn College.

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