Urban Sustainability: EJ, Stewardship and Greening in the Red Zone

Last Wednesday CUER jointly hosted a Research Seminar on Urban Sustainability with the U.S. Forest Service and the NYC Urban Field Station at CUNY School of Law. Keith Tidball, Ph.D., of Cornell University’s Civic Ecology Lab,…

Protecting the Xwe’chi’eXen

Protest of coal train

Lhaq’temish, the Lummi People, are the original inhabitants of Washington state’s northernmost coast. They have the U.S.’s largest Native fishing fleet, and have fished off Xwe’chi’eXen (Cherry Point, Washington) for thousands of years. The natives recently…

An Urban Farm and Site Use

Last week I had a tour with the environmental and food club at my law school at the Brooklyn Grange rooftop farm. Despite its name, Brooklyn Grange opened in Long Island City, Queens, on Northern Boulevard…

New York Times mentions Mayah’s Lot

This article on the New York Times Motherlode Blog mentions Mayah’s Lot as an option for teaching social studies through graphic novels. Between this article and the success of today’s Greening the Red Zone event, CUER…

How Far Should Your Garbage Travel?

Photo credit: DNAinfo/Jill Colvin

Many of us bag it, put it outside at night, and the next morning its simply GONE. Most people won’t spend more than a moment wondering where that garbage ends up after it leaves their block….

Embracing Environmental Justice to Green Our Cities

Crossposted from The Nature of Cities blog The future of the environmental movement lies in the world’s cities. In 2008, for the first time in human history, more of us lived in urban environments than in…

Deep Water, Deep Problems

Forty years ago this month (i.e., October 1972), the Federal Water Pollution Control Act of 1948 was majorly amended and took on the name the Clean Water Act (CWA). The Water Quality Act of 1987 amendments…

A Landlocked Island

Picture Credit: Think Green Degrees Urban Heat Island Effects, Mitigation, Studies & Resources Even though Fall is here and the climate has (generally) cooled, I looked back yesterday to a late summer NPR story about the…

Research Seminar: Wednesday October 17, 2012

In conjunction with the NY Urban Field Station and the US Forest Service Greening in the Red Zone Keith Tidball, Ph.D., Civic Ecology Lab, Cornell University Access to green space is understood to promote human health,…

A Community At Its Best

Newtown Creek

This past Thursday, I attended the Newtown Creek Alliance September community meeting. It was inspiring and motivating. At the beautiful Onderdonk House in Ridgewood, Queens, approximately 35 people gathered under a huge tent in the backyard…