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Jun 2, 2020 – NYU on NYC: The Future of Our City After COVID

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 12-1pm on Zoom Please Register Here Join leading NYU scholars for a webinar on imagining the future of New York City in a post-COVID world. Speakers Ingrid Gould Ellen, Paulette Goddard Professor of Urban Policy & Planning; Faculty Director, Furman Center  Robert L. Hawkins, Assistant Dean & McSilver Associate Professor of […]

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The Urban Environmental Renaissance

Danielle Spiegel-Feld & Katrina Wyman City governments were an important source of environmental protection in the United States from the 1800s until well into the 1900s. However, since Congress passed a series of landmark environmental statutes in the 1970s, scholars have primarily equated environmental law with federal law. To the extent that scholars consider subnational […]

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Impact of mandatory energy audits on building energy use

Constantine Kontokosta, Danielle Spiegel-Feld & Sokratis Papadopoulos Nature Energy (2020) Cities are increasingly adopting energy policies that reduce information asymmetries and knowledge gaps through data transparency, including energy disclosure and mandatory audit requirements for existing buildings. Although such audits impose non-trivial costs on building owners, their energy use impacts have not been empirically evaluated. Here […]

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Closing the high seas to fishing: A club approach

Jessica Green & Bryce RudykMarine Policy, Volume 115, May 2020, 103855The world’s fisheries are governed by a vast, and largely ineffective, set of international and regional institutions. If we are to preserve and manage what remains of the oceans’ fisheries, bolder solutions are needed. In this paper, we present a new approach: closing the high […]

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Reforming CEQR: Improving Mitigation Under the City Environmental Quality Review Process

The City Environmental Quality Review (CEQR) is the process by which agencies in the City of New York evaluate their discretionary actions for environmental effects. As an extension of the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), it imposes a substantive mandate on agencies to “act and choose alternatives” which minimize or avoid significant […]

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Dec. 12, 2019 – Reforming City Environmental Quality Review: Improving Mitigation

On December 5th, the Guarini Center, in collaboration with the Municipal Arts Society and the Regional Plan Association held a roundtable meeting with experts from across New York City to examine opportunities for reforming City Environmental Quality Review. This workshop was generously supported by the New York Community Trust. The results of the roundtable meeting […]

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Emissions Trading for Buildings?

In April of 2019, the New York City Council passed groundbreaking legislation that caps the amount of greenhouse gases that large building owners can emit, or cause to be emitted, for free. The new law, known as Local Law 97 of 2019 (“Local Law 97”), holds great promise for reducing building energy use, which accounts […]