Environmental Legislative Successes Close Out 2013 and Ring in the New Year

Some good news for the environment coming out of the NYC City Council and off Gov. Cuomo’s desk in Albany yesterday: 1) NYC is starting the process of banning polystyrene takeout containers. A one-year study on…

Young, Loud and Something to Say: CUER Joins Global Kids at NYC Talking Transition Tent

This article was jointly written by Andy Jones and Ethan Middlebrooks On Friday, November 22, CUER Fellows Andy Jones and I joined youth from¬†Global Kids, a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to fostering global learning and youth…

CUER Fellows Comment on Rockaway’s Pipeline

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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…

“The Campaign” in reality this Election Day

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The comedy “The Campaign” was not just another hysterical Will Ferrel movie, it was in fact a satire on what American politics are actually like. With Dan Aykroyd and John Lithgow playing characters named “the Motch…

The Roaring 20[00]s

All but since its inception, CUER has been involved in working to address issues of noise in New York City, particularly with regards to the effects of elevated subway noise on elementary schools. Noise is an…

The 9th Circuit issues injunction on clearcutting project

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On October 22, 2013 the 9th Circuit temporarily blocked a logging project in the Kootenai National Forest in Montana. The project calls for clear cutting 378 acres and thinning or burning 2,140 acres of forest. The…

Jamaica Bay Symposium: A Reflection on Community Participation

Yesterday I attended a portion of day two of the symposium entitled “Urban Resilience in an Era of Climate Change: Global Input for Local Solutions.” This conference regarded Jamaica Bay embedded between the boroughs of Queens…

Another reason to dislike the Federal government shutdown– unreported oil spills

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An estimated 20,600 barrels of crude oil has spilled in North Dakota– one of the biggest spills in recent years. Although a local farmer discovered the spill on September 29, the National Response Center, normally posting…

California’s fracking regulations: A sign of what’s to come?

While New Yorkers eagerly wait for the state to determine whether it will continue ¬†its fracking moratorium, other states, after years of capitulating to the natural gas industry, are finally taking steps to regulate the practice….

New York’s MGPs still wreaking havoc

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New York’s last manufactured gas plant (MGP) was closed in 1972. Yet, these MGPs do not want us New Yorkers to forget about them. Coal tar is still seeping out and finding its way to New…