Extreme Weather and Environmental Justice

When I moved to New York City in 2007 from Central New York, severe weather (aside from the occasional blizzard) was not something I expected to encounter. Even when I moved to Ithaca for college from…

RIP Russell Train

CUER is sad to learn that Russell Train has died.?? In this day of mealy-mouthed, focus-grouped politicians, Russell Train stands out as a giant.?? He was a??true environmental leader–a??pioneering environmental advocate who served as on Council…

The Fortune of Green Training

A few years before I started law school, I was a GED tutor volunteer at the Fortune Society, a non-profit organization that helps formerly incarcerated persons transition into society.?? Obtaining meaningful employment has been a strong…

Mug Share!

As I entered my school???s pantry the other day, there was a small congregation of students near the coffee machine.?? Amidst morning greetings and casual banter, I noticed my colleagues using reusable mugs, disposable paper cups,…

Climate Change and Poverty

When you think about climate change, you probably don’t think about an organization like the NAACP. Or about race and poverty. Jacqueline Patterson, Director of the NAACP Climate Justice Initiative, would like to change that. Through…

Rivers Are People, My Friend

In his dissent to Sierra Club v. Morton, Justice Douglas stated, ???The river as plaintiff speaks for the ecological unit of life that is part of it. Those people who have a meaningful relation to that…

Environmental Justice and the SEC: Transparency Empowers Citizens

The term environmental justice often calls to mind, at least to me, urban and more localized settings, rather than a global and international scale. However, it is a multifaceted front that heeds many forms of action,…

Professor Bratspies to Speak on Environmental Democracy

CUER Executive Director and CUNY Law School Professor Rebecca Bratspies will be??a speaker at the 5th Polar Law Conference which??is being held at the??Arctic Centre at the University of Lapland, in??Rovaniemi, Finland on 6-8 September 2012.??…

Beasts of the Southern Wild and Environmental Justice

As Hurricane Isaac bids farewell to Louisiana, I cannot begin to imagine the sadness of those who lost their homes.?? In the backdrop of an impending hurricane in the south, Director Benh Zeitlin of the movie…

The Dirty Side of Land Reclamation: NY’s Inequitable Brownfield Cleanup Program

The government watchdog group Environmental Advocates of New York (???EANY???) this summer issued a scathing analysis of tax credits under New York State???s Brownfield Cleanup Program (???Program???). This report is not the group???s first criticism of…