Archive | November, 2009

Recycling Electronics Law in Limbo

A controversial e-waste law, which requires manufacturers to collect and recycle computers, televisions and other electronic devices, remains in limbo, following a lawsuit against New York City. Now, other governments and environmental groups are supporting the city in federal court. The Consumer Electronics Association, along with other trade groups, filed a suit against the city [...] [...more]

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Midtown Community Court Issues Environmentally-Friendly Justice

By Katherine Olson A woman who was arrested for shoplifting and sentenced to a day of community service by the Midtown Community Court in 1998 will finally serve out her original sentence or face prison time. It was 11 years ago that Sharon A. Brown first pled guilty to the lesser charge of disorderly conduct—a violation, not [...] [...more]

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Success Unlikely In Suit To Halt School Construction

A Queens judge has knocked down a neighborhood plea to halt construction of a new high school in Maspeth, despite the community group’s claim that contaminated soil vapors at the site could pose health risks for students. Judge Lee Mayersohn of the Queens Supreme Court denied the Juniper Park Civic Association’s motion for an injunction to [...] [...more]

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Asthma Center Expected to Open After Two-Year Delay

East Harlem—Signs of life are appearing at the once dusty construction site in the heart of East Harlem. Inside, cubicle desks and water fountains are in place awaiting staff. After a two-year delay, the East Harlem Asthma Center of Excellence—a free educational and referral facility—is scheduled to open in a few [...] [...more]

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Bloomberg Administration Indicates it May Back Ban on Drilling

The Bloomberg administration indicated that it may back an all-out ban on natural gas drilling within the city’s massive upstate watershed, which supplies 9 million New York residents with drinking water. Ed Skyler, Deputy Mayor for Operations, said at a public hearing earlier this week that drilling could force the city to build expensive water treatment [...] [...more]

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Renovation Unearths City’s Past

Jersey City, NJ – The Hamilton Park neighborhood is one of the most desirable places to live in this old city at the river’s edge. Over the past twenty-five years it has become a trendy place for commuters and young families to call home. But recently the city’s industrial past resurfaced — literally. During [...] [...more]

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Sustainable Seafood Course Now Available Online

Been wondering what “sustainable seafood” means now that it’s popping up on menus all across the city?  A new free online course offers some answers. The newly launched online “Sustainable Seafood Course,” a joint effort of Blue Ocean Institute and Chefs Collaborative, is geared toward, but not limited to, culinary professionals who want to make informed [...] [...more]

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Exercise: Good for your Health, and Energy Consumption

The stale “My iPod’s battery is dead” excuse for not hitting the gym isn’t going to work anymore—at least for Yale University students. This semester, students have been powering their iPods, iPhones and BlackBerries while breaking a sweat on 40 stationary exercise machines in the school’s gym. A former engineering student came up with the idea as [...] [...more]

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Reelected Speaker Quinn on Idling

Now that Council Speaker Christine Quinn has been reelected, environmentalists in her Greenwich Village district will watch to see whether she delivers on her latest promises to enforce new laws against idling cars, trucks and buses. Pollutants spewed by idling cars can cause asthma, according to the Environmental Defense Fund. The respiratory condition is a particular [...] [...more]

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Caring for Trees 101

Mayor Bloomberg’s MillionTreesNYC activists have planted 250,000 trees since their launch in 2007 – but who takes care of them? According to Samuel Bishop, President of the Trees New York organization, “the contractors who put up the trees are only responsible for taking care of them for 2 years. After that it [...] [...more]

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