On May 19th, students from James Madison High School presented their sustainable design projects at the Union Square Green Energy Fair, sponsored by GrowNYC and ConEdison. We talked with their teacher Maggie Belizaire and Environmental Education Coordinator Mike Zamm about the students and their visions for a sustainable future.
You'd be hard-pressed to find a more enthusiastic, persuasive advocate for clean energy than Gordian Raacke, founder and executive director of Renewable Energy Long Island (reLI) - and solar homeowner. He's long been a nationally-known leader in clean energy and climate change issues.
Dark Water, a new play now on stage in New York City, tells the story of the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico through the eyes of the animals. The play holds a mirror up to human behavior and asks, "What kind of a future do we want?" Right now it's looking like one filled with environmental disasters.
The next installment of Our Heroes: "Know Your Waterkeeper" is with Riverkeeper President and Hudson Riverkeeper Paul Gallay. Find out what his oddest moment as a Riverkeeper has been. [HINT: it involves a tattoo!]
The EPA estimates that the annual water requirement for hydraulic fracturing may range from 70 billion to 140 billion gallons (the energy-water nexus in High Definition!). But that's only the start of fracking's water problems!
Before you hit the beach, check its status! Storms, sewage leaks and other events can result in dangerous debris or pathogens, which could spoil your day in the sun.
To get the scoop on the anti-fracking documentary sequel, Gasland Part II, listen to Ecocentric blog perspectives in this roundtable EcoChat podcast. Topics include the highly anticipated film's position in the fracking debate and its potential impact on the anti-fracking movement.
Funding cuts to a joint NYC DEP and USGS water data collection program could make it difficult for managers and planners to fully assess groundwater and water conditions throughout the five boroughs and parts of Long Island.
With half of all Americans living near the ocean, Hurricane Sandy provided a wake-up call for state and municipal authorities in coastal areas nationwide. Six months after the great storm hit the East Coast, it's worth revisiting key points for planners as we continue to rebuild amidst a changing climate.
Asking four new farmers some simple questions and giving them time to answer yields some rich insights. A report from the field at Just Food's 2013 Conference.
The announcement that the health review of fracking in New York State will continue past its deadline has delayed (yet again) the ultimate decision of whether the contentious natural gas extraction process will be permitted in the Empire State.
The name "Chicago" is said to originate from "Checagoua" (Chick-Ah-Goo-Ah) or "Checaguar," which in the Potawatomi language means "wild onions" or "skunk." Historians believe the area was thus named for the smell of rotting wild leeks (ramps) in the marshland that used to occupy the region.
Brooklyn Grange has a new rooftop farm in the Brooklyn Navy Yards. We were there as they were setting it up this spring. Luckily the farm weathered the storm that was Sandy, although their beehives got blown away.
Despite oil and gas industry rhetoric this presidential campaign year, there can be serious health and environmental impacts associated with fossil fuel extraction. Just ask a farmer whose fields were ruined by gas drilling wastewater.
A new coalition of clean energy advocates believes Long Island can power its future solely through renewables and energy efficiency by 2030.
With all eyes on New York State's rumored upcoming moves on shale-gas hydraulic fracturing (fracking), a recent Washington Post op-ed by New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, and fracking pioneer, George Mitchell, weighed in on the possibility of limited fracking in the state's Southern Tier.