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

CUER comments on Clean Truck Plan Modification.pdf (1)

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

CUER Overconsumption Event 2

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


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

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…

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


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


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


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