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NY Saves Millions w/Conservation Efforts Despite Few Sustainability Jobs and No Budget

NY Saves Millions w/Conservation Efforts Despite Few Sustainability Jobs and No Budget

The state of New York managed to save $40 million since 2011 simply by reducing its use of copy paper, and will continue to save about $7 million per year, according to a new report from New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation. Various entities (a total of 66) within the state’s government … Read more »

NY Farming Industry Nabs State Cash to Reduce Emissions, Save Water

NY Farming Industry Nabs State Cash to Reduce Emissions, Save Water

Individual farms in central New York, the Finger Lakes and the Hudson Valley regions are receiving grants to assist them on initiatives  geared toward reducing methane emissions and improving water efficiency, according to the Associated Press. The office of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the grants for the state, … Read more »

New York State Moves to Block Plastic Bag Fees

The New York State Senate voted yesterday to block plastic bag fees, such as the 5-cent fee on disposal shopping bags approved last month by the New York City Council. The bill (S7336), sponsored by Sen. Simcha Felder (D, Brooklyn), would prohibit taxes, fees or local charges on carry-out merchandise … Read more »

Poughkeepsie wastewater treatment

Veolia Wastewater System Management Saves City Millions

Water and waste giant Veolia has saved the city of Poughkeepsie, New York, millions while improving efficiencies throughout the city’s wastewater system and facilities over the course of a 35-year environmental contract. Poughkeepsie has renewed an agreement with Veolia to continue managing and operating its wastewater system under a 10-year … Read more »

solar panels

Utility to Save $1 Billion with Clean Energy, Efficiency

Consolidated Edison, the utility that provides New York City’s electricity, faces higher demand for power than its existing infrastructure can supply. But instead of adding a substation, which would cost $1.2 billion or more, Con Ed will deploy a mix of distributed solar, fuel cells and efficiency measures that will … Read more »

ExxonMobil

States Investigate Exxon, Launch Corporate Climate Fraud Crackdown

Massachusetts will investigate whether ExxonMobil lied to the public and investors about climate change risks to its business, joining New York and California in investigating the oil giant. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced the probe yesterday, at a press conference with New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman, former vice … Read more »

e-waste

E-Waste Recycling Law Under Scrutiny

New York’s state-wide e-waste recycling law is costing local governments too much money and “not working as intended,” officials said at a hearing this week on the state’s electronics recycling program. The 2010 law requires electronics manufacturers to manage and fund programs to collect and recycle e-waste in New York. … Read more »

Manufacturers Pay to Clean Up Contaminated Water in NY

Honeywell and Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics must pay to clean up a toxic chemical found in a New York village’s drinking water. The Associated Press reports that the New York Department of Environmental Conservation sent a letter to the two industrial companies demanding that they finance a Superfund cleanup in upstate … Read more »

chemical warning sign

States to Feds: Don’t Wreck States’ Chemical Rules with TSCA Reform

As the bill that will reform the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 moves closer to final passage, 12 state attorneys general are urging US lawmakers to protect states’ efforts to regulate toxic chemicals. Both the US Senate and House of Representatives passed bills last year that aim to overhaul … Read more »

New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo

New York to Eliminate Coal by 2020

New York will eliminate its use of coal power by 2020, Gov. Andrew Cuomo pledged in yesterday’s State of the State address. The state currently has three active coal-fired power plants that produce less than 4 percent New York’s energy load. One plant is scheduled for closure in 2016. To … Read more »