Rivers Are People, My Friend

In his dissent to Sierra Club v. Morton, Justice Douglas stated, ???The river as plaintiff speaks for the ecological unit of life that is part of it. Those people who have a meaningful relation to that…

Environmental Justice and the SEC: Transparency Empowers Citizens

The term environmental justice often calls to mind, at least to me, urban and more localized settings, rather than a global and international scale. However, it is a multifaceted front that heeds many forms of action,…

Professor Bratspies to Speak on Environmental Democracy

CUER Executive Director and CUNY Law School Professor Rebecca Bratspies will be??a speaker at the 5th Polar Law Conference which??is being held at the??Arctic Centre at the University of Lapland, in??Rovaniemi, Finland on 6-8 September 2012.??…

Beasts of the Southern Wild and Environmental Justice

As Hurricane Isaac bids farewell to Louisiana, I cannot begin to imagine the sadness of those who lost their homes.?? In the backdrop of an impending hurricane in the south, Director Benh Zeitlin of the movie…

The Dirty Side of Land Reclamation: NY’s Inequitable Brownfield Cleanup Program

The government watchdog group Environmental Advocates of New York (???EANY???) this summer issued a scathing analysis of tax credits under New York State???s Brownfield Cleanup Program (???Program???). This report is not the group???s first criticism of…

Just beyond the built environment–WHALES!!

  Los Angeles has to be among the most modified human environments on the planet.????A massive, sprawling urban center, LA suffers from many environmental challenges, not the least of which is very bad air quality, particularly…

Appreciating Green Buildings

      I??have??been to??my??share of LEED??certified buildings over the past few years, which also includes my own school, CUNY??Law.?? My awe over the features of green buildings has never moved passed aesthetics.?? I might as…

Sharing the Benefits of Urban Green Spaces

The New York Times reports??that New York City’s Department of Parks and Recreation has not followed reporting requirements intended to shed light on the underfunding of parks in low-income areas of the city. In 2008, the…

New York State’s Other Energy Issues

The??potential for hydrofracking in New York??has garnered significant attention in recent months, while other important environmental issues have remained outside of the media spotlight. While the fate and extent of hydrofracking in the Empire State remains…

CUER Joins Operation Backpack

Hard to believe, but it is almost time for back-to-school here in New York City.?? One of the CUNY Law School Center for Urban Environmental Reform (CUER)???s top priorities is the stark inequality in educational opportunities…