New Jersey is mulling over a bill that would ban all single-use plastic bags, and more. But one city has gotten ahead of the state debate. Hoboken is the first city in Jersey to put a ban into practice. One month in, Rebekah Ward checks with locals to see how it’s going.
Last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo released a new plan to build offshore wind farms in New York. The Offshore Wind Master Plan charts a course for the state to power over a million homes with clean wind energy by 2030. The plan calls for wind farms to be built 20 miles off the coast of Long Island. It’s been applauded by many… But as Bo Hamby reports, not everyone is jumping on board.
A new bill in the city council could change the way commercial trash is collected in the city. A group of environmental and labor activists say the bill would reduce truck traffic and hold the private waste hauling industry accountable for better standards. But the private waste companies that collect this trash say the proposal just won’t work. Nina Agrawal has more.
In 2007, Mayor Bloomberg decided to plant trees in the streets of New York. To make the city greener, one million trees would be planted in a decade. The initiative cost the city $400 million… and is now near its goal. As Adélie Pontay reports, the neighborhoods that needed the most trees were also some of the poorest areas in the city. She went for a walk around the leafy streets of East New York in Brooklyn to see how the neighborhood has changed.
Some Episcopalians are pushing their church to pull its investments out of fossil fuels. And they’re taking advantage of the Church’s ongoing 30-day environmental action to gather momentum. But, as Pola Lem reports, it’s not entirely clear how effective they might be.
A group of international and US students from the DO School in DUMBO have created the “Good to Go” campaign, a cup reusing system to help the environment. Consumers can pick up a cup from one coffee shop and when they’re finished, drop it off at another coffee shop for reusing.