CUER and CUNY Students object as Port Authority reneges on Clean Truck Plan

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CUER filed official comments raising  serious objections to the Port Authority’s plan to abandon its Clean Truck Plan, the ambitious plan that would have dramatically reduced air pollution across the region. CUER alleged: “the Port Authority’s…

Overconsumption and Climate Justice

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CUER and the CUNY Law Green Coalition held a lively discussion at the CUNY School of Law on September 25, providing students a unique international perspective on our country’s consumption practices and global warming impacts. The…

Queens environmental group honors CUER’s Professor Bratspies

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The Eastern Queens Alliance recently honored CUER Director Rebecca Bratspies at its annual Idlewild Wetland and Wildlife Benefit and Award Luncheon. This year’s theme, “Our Communities Matter,” resonated throughout the afternoon, as community activists discussed a…

(PHOTOS + VIDEO) Environmental Justice on the Cutting Edge – A Conversation with Dean Robert Bullard

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On March 20, 2014, CUER co-hosted an evening conversation about environmental justice featuring Dr. Robert Bullard.

Mayah’s Lot in Action

With the generous support of the Northstar Fund’s Greening Western Queens Fund, CUER spent Spring 2013 and Fall 2014 working closely with fifth grade students at PS85Q in Astoria Queens.

Environmental Justice at City Council

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On February 28, 2014, CUER Director Rebecca Bratspies testified before the City Council Environmental Committee.

Professor Bratspies writes on Greenpoint’s Environmental Benefit Fund as a Model for Community Participation

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At first glance, Greenpoint seems much like many other ethnically diverse New York City neighborhood struggling with rapid gentrification.

CUER Fellows Comment on Rockaway’s Pipeline

CUER Fellows Sharon Abel, Andrew Sawtelle, Andy Jones and Ethan Middlebrooks with CUER Director, Prof. Rebecca Bratspies

On behalf of the CUNY Center for Urban Environmental Reform, CUER Fellows Andy Jones and Ethan Middlebrooks recently submitted comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) on the Rockaway Delivery Lateral…

Center for Urban Environmental Reform Tackles Subway Noise at PS 85 in Queens

Professor Rebecca Bratspies and student fellows with CUNY Law’s Center for Urban Environmental Reform (CUER) have been working closely with parents at PS85 in Astoria, Queens, to address noise from nearby subway tracks that is affecting…

Tales from Our Trash: New York City’s Sanitation Workers, Sustainable Cities, and the Value of Knowledge

Most of NYC's waste transfer stations are concentrated in poor and minority communities in the Bronx, Queens, and Brooklyn.

We have a problem in New York City: We generate more than 30,000 tons of waste each day. Roughly one third of that waste is household trash, and the daunting task of collecting garbage from New…