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Sustainable Sites


June 23, 2011 | Posted by Daggan, Clinton | Permalink

Building rooftops constitute 11.5 percent of the overall surface area in New York City, or approximately 944.3 billion square feet, an entire extra borough.  Consequently, rooftops have an enormous impact on the environment of the city and on the economics of owning and developing real estate.  The following article was published in the New York Law Journal on June 20, 2011, and discusses tax incentives, grant programs, zoning allowances and other laws and initiatives enacted at the federal, state and local levels to encourage the installation of sustainable roofs.  The article also discusses the impacts that a sustainable roof can have on a project seeking certification with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design ("LEED") program. 

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February 10, 2011 | Posted by Daggan, Clinton | Permalink

Remediating brownfields can involve any combination of excavation, waste disposal at landfills, incineration of waste, and capping, in addition to institutional controls (i.e., restrictive declarations, environmental easements).  Recent policy guidance from the Department of Environmental Conservation (“DEC”) and a bill proposed by the New York City Council, however, indicate a preference for utilizing more sustainable remediation methods in the area of contaminated site cleanups.  Remediating brownfields using sustainable methods can help lower the cost of the cleanup and can also be funded through grants made available by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (“ARRA”) and other brownfield cleanup grant programs.

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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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