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NYC to update zoning regs making it easier for solar and wind power and green roofs

  • Published 04/27/2012
NYC counsel is expected to approve next Monday new zoning rules allowing office towers, warehouses and apartment buildings to make it easier to add "green" improvements such as added insulation to the exterior of a facade, solar panels, wind turbines and green roofs and gardens.  Let's hope the new rules also apply to landmarked neighborhoods at least insofar as rooftop installations are concerned, because if satellite dishes can have a blanket exception from the Landmark Preservation's rules then the pressing public policy to conserve energy and generate clean energy deserves at least the same deference.  See the Planning Commission's information page for more detail. and click on "zone green". » Read More

"Buying green" is not the key to sustainability. Changing our behavior to consume less is the key.

  • Published 02/4/2012

Society is deluded into thinking that making products "greener" means that increased consumption is OK.  We deceive ourselves that switching to a more benign form of consumption -- like electric cars -- is a boon for the environment in and of itself.  Luxury consumption preferences are not gifts to humanity.  We are consumers at heart, and technology can help reduce the impact of current consumption loads but is meaningless if we use technology as an excuse to consume more -- resist the mindset that because the Prius is energy efficient I should buy a new, perhaps even additional, car.

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States reset the carbon trading parameters to reflect the reality of reduced emissions from power plants

  • Published 01/27/2012
The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (the northeast's cap-and-trade program) successfully reduced overall emissions by 6% across 10 states.  The RGGI will undergo a comprehensive review this year, and states have already reduced the number of allowances that can be bought by a power plant to offset emssions to reflect the new reality of reduced emissions from plants due to a switch to natural gas from coal, and decreased demand. Advocates promote expanding the program to cover industrial and commercial greenhouse gas emissions.

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