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.

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

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…

“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…