New York City Archives - State of the Planet

Using the Food We Waste in New York City

New York’s food waste program is not perfect, but it is an excellent example of the steady progress that we are making to create a more sustainable city.

by |October 8, 2018

Alum Launches First-Ever Shared Electric Mopeds in New York City

With his passion for energy and sustainability, Frank Reig, an MPA in Environmental Science and Policy alum, is working to make urban transit “fast, affordable and way more fun.”

by |August 20, 2018

The Inaccessibility of Motherhood in New York City

Making New York City a more accessible place for mothers enhances the economic and social status of women, especially single mothers and female heads of households. This not only reduces the economic burden of childcare but also improves the job prospects of motherhood.

by |August 9, 2018

Regulating the Sharing Economy: Uber and Airbnb

In regulating the sharing economy, remember that sharing is an asset for the sustainable city.

by |July 30, 2018

Fighting Ticks With a Few Taps of the Phone

A new smartphone app offers hope of stemming the spread of diseases like Lyme, and providing some peace of mind in the process.

by |July 9, 2018

Student Spotlight: Bringing 30 Years of Experience From the New York Sustainability World

Evelyn Reis is a student in the MPA in Environmental Science and Policy program and is returning to school after almost 30 years at the NYC Department of Sanitation.

by |June 22, 2018

Saving the NYC Subways will Require Money and Political Courage

Both our governor and mayor need to place public service above political gain to save our mass transit system.

by |May 29, 2018

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