Dig Deep for a Greener New York City: Fall 2014
August 22, 2015
Throughout the fall of 2014, NYLCVEF brought together experts from different industries to discuss three big ways New York City can mitigate flooding, improve green space, and reduce waste. Our Dig Deep for a Greener New York policy forum series focused on Green Infrastructure, Funding an Equitable Park System, and Organic Waste and Composting.
On October 9th, we kicked off the series with our forum on Green Infrastructure. Our panelists from a variety of government agencies and nonprofits discussed how the city can manage combined sewer overflows (CSOs), and use green infrastructure to mitigate flooding. New York City’s outdated infrastructure could benefit greatly from expanding green infrastructure and using it as a climate resiliency tool.
Our second forum took place on November 6th and focused on Funding an Equitable Park System. In order to provide a fully-funded city park system the city will have to dramatically expand annual operating costs. Where will the money come from? Our panel provided great ideas on different funding streams to make sure every New Yorker has access to a safe and updated park.
Our third and final forum focused on Organic Waste and Composting. PlaNYC2030 set out an ambitious goal to divert 75 percent of our solid waste from landfills. With food making up 35 percent of all waste generated in New York City, composting represents a huge opportunity. More than 100 people showed up for this forum, where some new and exciting ideas were presented about how to make composting work in our city. WNYC wrote a great article about the ideas presented by Councilmember Antonio Reynoso, and you can read more in our white paper and recommendations for the City. Don’t forget to check out the packed house on our Facebook page.< Back to Policy Forums
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