Archive | Environmental Justice

Graffiti, Manure and Environmental Justice: Making the Case for Community Court

  It is nearly freezing out, but Robert Johnson and Bill Adelman are sweeping Times Square clean one block at a time. They’re here as part of punishment handed down by the Midtown Community Court, and aside from their electric-blue court-issued vests, the two have little in common. “I shoplifted, I tried to take 11 pairs of [...] [...more]

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Greening the Big Apple

Now in his seventh year as the chairman of the New York City Council Environmental Protection Committee, Councilman James Gennaro has become an outspoken champion of some of New York’s most important environmental initiatives. He hasn't always succeeded, but a competitive spirit has helped him overcome numerous obstacles in life and in politics. [...more]

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Fighting for 9/11 Environmental Justice

Eight years after 9/11, Kimberly Flynn remains at the front of an environmental justice movement facing dwindling funds and shrinking ranks. She won't rest until Congress and the President "take responsibility for this continuing public health disaster." [...more]

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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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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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South Bronx Coalition to Recruit New Members

Bronx, N.Y. – On an evening when many New Yorkers were engrossed in the Yankees’ final World Series game, the heated discussion unfolding a few miles from the new stadium had little to do with baseball. Rather, it was politics. Gathered at Hostos Community College, a group called the For the South Bronx Coalition – who [...] [...more]

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PlaNYC is Case Study in Equitable Job Creation

PlaNYC isn’t just about the environment. Amid the worst recession since the Great Depression, it’s jobs, jobs, jobs that matter most. But will the “green collar” jobs created by PlaNYC initiatives benefit all segments of our society equally? One organization intends to make sure they will. The Applied Research Center, a California-based think tank focused on [...] [...more]

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