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After Florence: Improving the Management of Toxic Materials

This is an opportunity to reengineer and reimagine the way toxic materials are managed.

by |September 24, 2018

What Can We Do About the Growing E-waste Problem?

In 2016, the world discarded 49 million tons of electronic waste, yet only 20 percent of it was recycled. Where does e-waste go? And how are we going to deal the growing amounts of it?

by |August 27, 2018

New Class on Circular Economy for Sustainability Professionals

A truly sustainable economy may require fundamentally re-thinking how we make and consume products. A new course delves into the challenges and opportunities of this transformation.

by |November 30, 2017

New York City’s Bag Fee and the Circular Economy

While the reduction and eventual elimination of fossil fuel use is a key element of such an economy, so too are the public policies and public-private partnerships needed to collect and reuse discarded products and packages. Bag bills and bottle bills can help develop these capacities. In most of the United States, these ideas have not taken hold and are generally seen as unneeded government intervention in the free market.

by |May 9, 2016

Zero Waste in San Francisco and New York: A Tale of Two Cities

Each city is different, and New York’s pace, diversity, and size make comparisons to San Francisco difficult. Still, large-scale behavior changes can be achieved with leadership, strategy and creativity.

by |March 28, 2016

Sustainability Has Entered the Political Mainstream

Environmental protection and economic development have been integrated into the single overarching idea of “sustainability.” These are centrist public policy positions in the mainstream of politics here in New York State.

by |October 12, 2015