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Daily News: Only Half the Bag Solution

By Sara Savarani and Danielle Spiegel-Feld Last week, New York followed California by becoming the second state in the country to ban single-use plastic bags. The prohibition, which was included in the state budget, has been hailed by politicians and environmentalists alike as a major victory for our neighborhoods, parks and waterways that are increasingly […]

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The Urban Environmental Renaissance

Authors: Katrina Wyman and Danielle Spiegel-Feld 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 […]

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A Review of Green Roof Laws & Policies

 There are a number of reasons to install a green roof in an urban setting. Green roofs can help with stormwater retention, mitigate the urban heat island effect, enhance biodiversity, improve local air quality, and reduce building energy usage. The myriad benefits provided make green roofs an attractive tool for cities seeking to improve their […]

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Student Fellowship in Sustainable Energy Law and Policy

December 19, 2018 Fellowship Announcement Student Fellowship in Sustainable Energy Law and Policy The Guarini Center for Environmental, Energy and Land Use Law seeks to hire a Student Fellow in Sustainable Energy Law and Policy. The Guarini Center, housed at NYU School of Law, is an academic research center that advances energy and environmental policies […]

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Electrifying New York City’s School Bus Fleet: Legal & Policy Considerations

Every year, school bus contractors drive 150,000 New York City children to school in approximately 9,000 diesel buses that harm public health and the environment. Diesel exhaust exposure increases the risk of cancer, heart disease, and respiratory symptoms, such as asthma. Exhaust and greenhouse gas emissions pollute the air and exacerbate the effects of climate […]

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Do Mandatory Energy Audits Reduce Building Energy Use?: A Bayesian Analysis of New York City’s Local Law 87

Cities are experimenting with a range of policy and regulatory tools to reduce energy use in the building sector as a pathway to substantial carbon emission reductions. Increasingly, cities are turning to policies that reduce information asymmetries and knowledge gaps through data transparency, focusing on existing buildings and the potential to achieve up to 50% […]

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Nov. 27, 2018 – Expanding Electric Vehicles in New York City

Tuesday, November 27, 2018, 6:30 – 8:00 pm NYU School of Law Greenberg Lounge 40 Washington Square South New York, NY 10012 REGISTER HERE   1.5 credit of CLE in Areas of Professional Practice Please join the Guarini Center and a group of experts from industry, government and NGOs for a discussion on “Expanding Electric […]