In the context of New Rochelle’s updated Comprehensive Plan, the City is proposing new zoning standards that would make it easier for property owners to generate their own solar or wind energy. You can view the entire proposal here. The clean energy provisions are on pages 9 – 11 of Appendix A. It’s all part … Continue reading Clean Energy Gets Boost in New Ro Zoning Proposal
Did I mention that this is a big deal? Everyone knows (well, most people know) that it’s important to phase out supply-limited, climate-changing fossil fuels like oil, coal, and gas . . . and move toward clean, renewable energy like wind, hydro, and solar. The day will come – hopefully – when we can flip … Continue reading New Ro – This is a Really, Really Big Deal. Really.
By now, it’s not like we really needed another data point to confirm that global climate change is happening and that its consequences could be catastrophic, but if you’re a glutton for bad news, here’s the latest from today’s New York Times (read to the last sentence): “[S]cientists reconstructed the level of the sea over … Continue reading Uh-Oh
With the Paris climate talks underway, there’s a thought-provoking article in this morning’s Times about the steps needed to achieve the “deep decarbonization” that could avert the worst impacts of global climate change. One counter-intuitive conclusion really jumped out at me: some of the simple actions that can achieve immediate reductions in greenhouse gas emissions … Continue reading No Quick Fixes for Climate Change
Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter on climate change is a remarkably powerful ethical and factual argument for addressing the biggest global challenge of our time. I am not Catholic, but I can still appreciate and be inspired by the Pope’s moral leadership and his call for individual and collective responsibility. A single statement rarely has much … Continue reading Pope Francis and Climate Change
New Rochelle was the first community in Westchester to submit an application for a microgrid under the NY Prize initiative. And just recently, the State gave us a big thumbs-up, awarding New Rochelle funds for an initial feasibility analysis. What’s a microgrid? It links local institutions and facilities in a highly efficient and resilient system … Continue reading New Rochelle Competes for a Microgrid
Here’s something you’ll be hearing more about soon: community choice aggregation or “CCA.” CCA allows municipalities to pool the total energy purchases within a community in order to bid for lower energy costs, cleaner energy sources, and other benefits that can be passed along to residents and businesses. There’s a lot more in this press … Continue reading Cheaper, Cleaner Energy – What’s Not To Like?
I was honored to be chosen this month to join the founding Board of Directors for Sustainable Westchester, an inter-municipal consortium focused on positive environmental and planning practices. The launch of Sustainable Westchester completes a merger of two organizations that had previously worked separately in the southern and northern portions of the county. As a … Continue reading Sustainable Westchester Launches
Pace Law and the Federated Conservationists of Westchester are teaming up on Friday, September 12th to host a Westchester Climate Change Summit. The day’s events will include remarks, presentations, and panel discussions from scientists, experts, and policy-makers. I plan on attending at least a portion of the summit. There’s more information at this site, and … Continue reading Westchester Climate Change Summit on Sept. 12
The argument against climate action (at least among those who admit that climate change is real) usually boils down to economics; it will cost too much. That’s why this new report is so valuable. Entitled “Risky Business,” it describes in painful detail the economic cost of inaction, and it does so in terms that will … Continue reading Business Climate