The Problem of Lead in a Trump Administration

In Buffalo, NY, Lacie Manzella’s three children had dangerously high levels of lead in their blood, resulting in nosebleeds and development disorders for her youngest son. County inspectors found at least 15 lead-based violations in her…

Resiliency Nationwide

This blog has previously discussed the importance of building climate resilient cities, and how the need for resilient habitats will become increasingly important with changing weather systems and climate. With President Trump’s proposed budget cuts to…

The Commercial Case for Planting Trees

Justin Adams, from the Nature Conservancy, has made a compelling economic case for regreening the earth and replenishing trees across the globe. In addition to the health benefits of planting trees in cities, which we have…

Rebecca Bratspies The Climate Injustice Conference, Condensed

Rebecca Bratspies, CUNY Law professor, introduced her panel. She asked “what tools do we have at our disposal, what forces do we have as human society and our institutions to deploy?” Courtesy of The Roosevelt House…

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…

Ozone regulations fall short of CUER, CUNY students recommendations

The Environmental Protection Agency finalized new ground-level ozone regulations October 1, bringing the standard closer to what is necessary to protect human health, but still to weak in the eyes of many environmental and public health…

Green roofs as an environmental justice solution

On behalf of CUER, Professor Bratspies recently participated in an on-line dialogue about green roofs as a climate justice strategy. After identifying the legal barriers to widespread adoption of green roofs, Professor Bratspies made the case that that…

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…

Earth Day Every Day

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On Earth Day 2014, NYC Mayor De Blasio announced sweeping changes to the City’s Air Pollution Control Code. If fully implemented, these updates will help further increase the quality of air in the United States’ biggest…