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Towards Plant-Forward Diets: A Toolkit for Local Policy Makers

Reducing the consumption of meat would help to improve public health and reduce harms to animals and the environment. Cities – and other forms of local government, such as counties – are well-placed to facilitate the transition toward plant-forward diets. Indeed, they are fertile grounds for progressive policies and some cities already have implemented innovative […]

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Sept. 23, 2021 – Decarbonizing the Downstate Grid: Taking Stock of Progress

Thursday, September 23, 2021 12:30-1:30pm Via Zoom* *Register Here In 2019, New York State committed itself to decarbonizing the state’s electricity grid by 2040. This goal may be particularly difficult to meet in New York City, where fossil fuels presently supply most of the electricity that is available. At this upcoming event, experts from government, […]

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Rapid Research and Assessment on COVID-19 and Climate in New York City

In May 2020, the New York City (NYC) Mayor’s Office of Climate Resiliency (MOCR)began convening bi-weekly discussions, called the Rapid Research and Assessment (RRA)Series, between City staff and external experts in science, policy, design, engineering,communications, and planning. The goal was to rapidly develop authoritative, actionableinformation to help integrate resiliency into the City’s COVID response efforts. […]

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Valuing Density: An Evaluation of the Extent to which American, Australian, and Canadian Cities Account for the Climate Benefits of Density through Environmental Review

Authors: Adalene Minelli, Sara Savarani, Danielle Spiegel-Feld & Katrina Wyman This study looks at the extent to which major cities in the United States, Australia, and Canada assess the climate impacts of densification through the environmental review process. Research indicates that greater urban density is associated with lower household greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 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 […]