New York City Archives - State of the Planet

Vulnerabilities of a Coastal City: Reflections Five Years After Hurricane Sandy

A student shares her first-hand experience of the devastating storm, and discusses how New York City is building resilience—and how it could do better.

by |April 20, 2018
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Congestion Pricing, Public Housing, and a Sustainable New York City

To be a competitive global city we must become a sustainable city, and we need our governor and mayor to put their political differences aside to address problems of housing and mass transit.

by |April 2, 2018

Tracking Respiratory Infections in NYC, With or Without Symptoms

There’s a lot we don’t know about respiratory viruses and how they spread. A study currently underway seeks to unravel these mysteries, in part by studying people who are healthy enough to be walking around in Manhattan.

by |February 26, 2018

Researchers Map High Levels of Drugs in the Hudson River

In a new study, researchers have mapped out a large variety of discarded pharmaceuticals dissolved throughout the Hudson River. They say that in some places, levels may be high enough to potentially affect aquatic life.

by |February 19, 2018
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Sustainability Students Volunteer Problem-Solving Abilities

Student-led projects offered sustainability advisory services to three organizations in New York during the Fall 2017 semester.

by |January 29, 2018
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Congestion Pricing and a Sustainable NYC

Solving the transit problem is key to New York City’s health and well-being, and a new congestion pricing proposal is serious starting point.

by |January 22, 2018
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NYC is Selling Off Its Fossil Fuel Investments—Here’s Why That Matters

The City of New York joins a chorus of public and private entities refusing to support companies that contribute to climate change.

Greener on the Other Side: ESP Students’ Sustainability Podcast

Students from the MPA in Environmental Science and Policy program at SIPA have produced a podcast called “Greener on the Other Side,” on sustainability, climate change, and the environment.

by |November 28, 2017

New York City’s Subways Need Congestion Pricing Now

Charging drivers more could provide much-needed funding for public transit, while reducing traffic and making Manhattan a better place to live and work.

by |November 20, 2017
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Lamont to Harvest Sunshine from Solar Farm

Two solar arrays in Upstate New York will be up and ready at the end of November, poised to provide power and to help to reduce the Lamont campus’ carbon footprint.

by |November 16, 2017