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December 2010


December 20, 2010 | Posted by Daggan, Clinton | Permalink

On November 9, 2010, the New York State Climate Action Council ("Climate Action Council") released the New York State Climate Action Plan Interim Report (the "Interim Report").  The Interim Report describes policy options that aim to achieve greenhouse gas ("GHG") emissions mitigation and better prepare New York State for a changing climate.  The Interim Report is part of Executive Order 24, which was issued by Governor David Paterson in August 2009 and formally established a State goal of reducing GHG emissions 80% below 1990 levels by 2050 ("80 by 50").  The Executive Order established the Climate Action Council to determine how to meet that goal and also to develop a plan to increase New York's ability to adapt to a rapidly changing climate.  The Climate Action Council is seeking public comments until February 7, 2011, and will review those comments before issuing the final Climate Action Plan. 

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December 8, 2010 | Posted by Larsen, Elizabeth F. | Permalink

The New York City Brownfield Cleanup Program (the “Brownfield Cleanup Program”) was launched in August 2010 under the jurisdiction of the Mayor’s Office of Environmental Remediation (“OER”).  Historically, brownfield remediation throughout New York State, including cleanup of dirty sites in the City, has been handled at the state level by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“DEC”).  The innovative Brownfield Cleanup Program brings oversight of cleanup to the local level and provides a promising vehicle for wide-reaching remediation of brownfield sites in NYC.  In addition, the Brownfield Cleanup Program offers liability protection for sites that are remediated, and OER’s new Brownfield Incentive Grant program has allocated $10 Million to reduce the financial burden of cleaning up NYC’s brownfields.

 

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December 7, 2010 | Posted by Winefsky, Josh | Permalink

Earning LEED certification requires the accumulation of credits in a variety of categories.  The more credits a development or renovation project achieves, the higher the LEED rating the project will receive.  For some projects that seek LEED certification, the identification of “low-hanging fruits,” those easy to achieve and low-cost credits, can be a starting point in project planning.

One such credit, Sustainable Sites Credit 7.2: Heat Island Effect – Roof, awards points for installation of a roof with a high solar reflectance index (“SRI”), or a vegetated roof.  SRI is the measure of a surface’s ability to reflect solar heat – a standard black surface has an SRI of 0, while a standard white surface has an SRI of 100.

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