Mayah’s Lot Teaches Environmental Justice to Young Readers

Mayah’s Lot, the environmental justice comic book created by Professor Rebecca Bratspies and graphic artist Charlie LaGreca, is the focus of a Colorlines.com article. The article describes the comic as simple and accessible, but also keenly…

CUER Brings Environmental Justice to City Classrooms

The Center for Urban Environmental Reform (CUER) at the City University of New York School of Law is helping to bring environmental justice to classrooms with the release of its comic book Mayah’s Lot. Mayah, the…

A New Leader for Environmental Justice at the EPA

Following President Obama’s second inauguration, most news coverage has now shifted to the latest round of cabinet appointments. Whether it be Senator John Kerry’s likely succession of Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, or the more…

Cleaning Out The House

Since it is my first post of the 2013, happy new year to any and all readers! There are many topics I wish to discuss, including highlighting certain portions of Governor Cuomo’s recent State of the…

EPA Issues New Recreational Water Quality Criteria Recommendations–Does It Go Far Enough?

Twenty-six years ago the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last issued ambient recreational water quality criteria (RWQC) recommendations to recreational waters. On Monday, EPA announced, pursuant to a 2000 Federal Court Order and in compliance with…

Now Is The Time

As cleanup and recovery from Hurricane Sandy continues in the Caribbean and the Northeastern United States, so begins the reflections. These reflections undoubtedly range from horrific to thankful, and to angered and confused. Others are beginning…

BP Guilty Plea: Vindication or Drop in the Ocean?

Four billion dollars. That is the total of the criminal fines the Department of Justice has assessed against BP for its criminal actions associated with the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill, the worst environmental disaster in US…

What’s In The Water?

I’ve previously written about sewers and the potential environmental justice implications that extreme weather might pose in New York City. Again, in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, I feel like I am seeing weather that I…

The Inequality of Disaster Relief

At 10 a.m. on Friday, a few friends and I headed to Occupy Sandy Clinton Hill’s hub to volunteer with relief efforts from Hurricane Sandy. The Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew bustled with volunteers…

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,…