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  • A Closer Look at NYC.gov | Nancy Anderson, Ph.D. | Torchlight Column | the Sallan Foundation
    on these projects can be found But the annual Mayor s Management Report MMR site is mute on the urban sustainability front A review of the most recent online MMR turns up nothing The Mayor s Office of Design and Construction chapter in the Preliminary Fiscal Year 04 MMR is silent about its high performance construction designs and the synonyms green or sustainable do not appear in the MRR s index Since activities of the Mayor s Office itself are not included in MMR s a reader must open NYC gov to learn about the work of the Mayor s own Sustainability Task Force even though many Mayoral agencies participate on this Task Force This reader s search for sustainability on NYC gov yielded 84 hits Among the top ten hits were the Mayor s Office of Environmental Coordination OEC the agency spearheading his Sustainability Task Force and the New York City Department of Building s Building Code Revision Task Force which includes a Sustainability Advisory Committee An information packed web page for the innovative Office of Sustainable Design in the Department of Design and Construction also came up although not in the top ten Opening these pages can be an exercise in frustration Although the Office of Sustainable Design was rich with information the pages for the Sustainability Task Force and Building Code Revision Sustainability Advisory Committee only provided the names and affiliations of participants but not any information on the work of either group This is disappointing in terms of the capacity of the web to provide up to date information about works in progress But it is more than disappointing as a matter of government transparency and the power of the web to foster informed civic participation Since these web pages contain no information on meetings or on the work that has been done or needs to be done by these groups there is no way for the concerned public to be informed or to become engaged in the formulation of policy and standards that will fundamentally shape government actions as well as the commitments of significant resources by the private sector The City s Building Code plays an essential role in defining our built environment and revising it takes great effort and rightly occurs infrequently A web posted message from Robert Kulikowski Director of OEC accurately notes While OEC s work is not always visible to the public at large what we do affects all New Yorkers OEC s web pages can make its work more visible and aid New Yorkers in shaping a sustainable City but opening the Greenhouse Gas Inventory page and finding the message The Greenhouse Gas Inventory is undergoing final data verification and will be posted here upon completion about a report that was written years ago does not meet up to Mr Kulikowski s express hope that you will find our site informative In contrast the website for the New York City Economic Development Corporation has links to its 2004 report

    Original URL path: http://www.sallan.org/Torchlight/2005/09/a_closer_look_at_nycgov.php (2016-02-10)
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  • News & Views: The Status of LEED in NYC-Positive Lessons Archives
    is not thriving Posted by karen at 09 15 AM Permalink January 02 2012 Generating Jobs Renewable energy and efficiency projects are are the engines of new job creation in the US not the Canadian oil sands pipeline Posted by karen at 09 04 AM Permalink December 31 2011 Court Slows Smog Rule A federal court delays roll ouf of an EPA rule to cut smog making emissions from power plants Posted by karen at 10 55 AM Permalink December 30 2011 Last Words For 2011 Vaclav Havel Vaclav Havel d 2011 closes out the year Posted by karen at 11 02 AM Permalink Don t Forget 2011 Does this video recap of record breaking weird weather in 2011 makes you look forward to 2012 Posted by karen at 10 27 AM Permalink Drowning In Carbon Credits The glut of CER credits in the EU carbon market combined with Durban climate talk inaction depresses prices and puts the system at risk Posted by karen at 09 55 AM Permalink Financing Fracking One way to peer into the future of hydrofracking is to look at the corporate bond market Posted by karen at 09 44 AM Permalink Cuomo In 2012 Get some year end hints about Governor Cuomo s 2012 sustainability energy and transportation agenda Posted by karen at 09 30 AM Permalink NY s Newest Green MBA Working from the premise that business solutions are critical to solving environmental problems Bard College launches a sustainability rooted MBA program Posted by karen at 09 04 AM Permalink December 29 2011 Public Health Costs Of Climate Chaos Whatever the specifics of a changing climate factoring in its public health impacts steeply raises the cost of inaction Posted by karen at 03 39 PM Permalink DOE Picking Winners DOE 41 6 million stimulus fund investment in clean energy fuels cells starts to pay off Posted by karen at 12 09 PM Permalink Buying Newt A look at corporate contributions in 2008 might offer insight into Newt Gingrich s pivot on climate and energy issues Posted by karen at 11 55 AM Permalink No Crash Test Dummy Buying a car Consider the injury rate of passengers in accidents involving hybrids compared to gas powered vehicles Posted by karen at 11 38 AM Permalink UK Investing in 15x20 Since April 1 2011 renewable power projects have attracted 3 8 billion in the UK but critics say this is not enough and call future funding uncertain Posted by karen at 10 34 AM Permalink Wind Wins and Losses A top Massachusetts court upholds a long term power purchase agreement for Cape Wind but a pending Delaware wind project loses its purchase commitments Posted by karen at 10 11 AM Permalink Adjusting To Climate Chaos Get acquainted with efforts around the world to cope with challenging climate changes Posted by karen at 10 01 AM Permalink Methane Mysteries Methane is known to be a potent GHG but why its atmospheric concentrations change is not well known Posted

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  • Plant-Based Heat for Your Home | John S. Nettleton | Snapshot Column | the Sallan Foundation
    built environment with newer and better fuels even as we retrofit insulate and tighten up existing structures BD burns more cleanly has roughly the same energy content Btu gallon and the price margin between B20 20 biodiesel and regular 2 heating oil has narrowed over the current past heating season so that the New York State tax credit for home and coop owners can find the B20 price post credit often below regular heating oil BD can be blended with existing heating oil without replacing boilers or changing over burners this process of adopting BD for heating is already underway A fuel dealer in Newburgh NY has been delivering to 100 homes for three heating seasons and Brookhaven National Lab researchers have heated Teddy Roosevelt s Sagamore Hill National Park Service site for several seasons Schildwachter Oil a pioneering Bronx fuel oil dealer has been delivering B20 to all Upper Manhattan Bronx and Westchester customers since fall 2006 and Metro Fuel Oil in Brooklyn is now providing B20 to buildings in Brooklyn and Manhattan under a demonstration project with Cornell Cooperative Extension the Superintendents Technical Assoc and Brookhaven B5 to B20 is tested to an ASTM American Society for Testing and Materials quality standard for biodiesel as heating fuel BD use at the 20 level for heating fuel significantly cuts particulates carbon dioxide and sulphur dioxide and even higher blends are possible New work is underway to assess BD blended with 6 heating oil an inexpensive dirtier fuel oil compared with 2 Big small users such as major universities and hospitals typically use large amounts of 2 4 or 6 heating oil often in dual fuel oil and gas systems switching back and forth by price and or season for example St John s University alone burns 2 million gallons of heating oil each year Over 80 of the 170 000 NYC Housing Authority units use oil heat with many developments located in City Health Districts South Bronx Morrisania East Harlem and Bushwick etc that show extremely high residential asthma rates especially for children and the elderly Immediate conversion of those developments to BD20 is an environmental and a public health imperative Wide adoption of BD for bus fleets would further benefit residents in those communities of color where MTA bus depots are invariably sited Cincinnati runs its buses on B30 and all school buses in Denver use B20 If biofuel use is such a good idea why doesn t everyone Adoption of new fuel and technologies is rarely simple or direct and barriers both physical and psychological need to be overcome to build an industry sustainable and supportive for user and producer alike At present there s one refinery as distinct from blending plant using virgin oil operating in the New York region Fuel Bio Inc in Elizabeth NJ Others are in development in Brooklyn by Metro Fuel Newtown Creek near Rochester Northern Biodiesel and near Fulton Homeland Energy A plant using waste vegetable oil WVO feedstock is being

    Original URL path: http://www.sallan.org/Snapshot/2007/04/plantbased_heat_for_your_home.php (2016-02-10)
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  • Green Energy Gets The Spotlight | Village Independent Democrats | Featured | The Sallan Foundation in the Media
    Executive Director Nancy Anderson Lisa DiCaprio Clinical Associate Professor of Social Sciences Paul McGhee Division NYU SCPS and Samara Swanston Legislative Counsel to the New York City Council Committee on Environmental Protection made a compelling climate and clean energy advocacy trio at the Village Independent Democrats April Meeting Sallan Found Lisa Di Caprio Samara Swanston compelling climate cleanenergy advocacy trio villagedemocrat pic twitter com iDZL60VL1w Sallan Foundation Sallan Found April

    Original URL path: http://www.sallan.org/Sallan_In-the-Media/2014/04/green_energy_gets_the_spo.php (2016-02-10)
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  • How Knowledge Can Save Power | Can Benchmarking Save Energy? | ICYMI | The Sallan Foundation in the Media
    23 2014 Do we have the right metrics for building energy usage A work in progress now A Hinge Sallan Foundation Sallan Found January 23 2014 Media asking what is a green building How to rank buildings with big data center use One ranking does not cover all structures Hinge Sallan Foundation Sallan Found January 23 2014 What is impact of Local Law 84 Good Bad Could it be Better Bigger Sallan Foundation Sallan Found January 23 2014 Good data visualization will have real value starting with public understanding Might also need a tenant energy rating A Hinge Sallan Foundation Sallan Found January 23 2014 Benchmarking Roundtable begins Mike Bobker Conor Laver Ari Frankel Jonathan Flaherty A Hinge Jonathan Bowles moderates Sallan Foundation Sallan Found January 23 2014 Rise in energy use awareness in NYC multifamily building sector C Laver rise in energy efficiency efforts from a base of inefficiency Sallan Foundation Sallan Found January 23 2014 Energy Star ratings not based on NYC building types use Need ratings more NYC specific to be a powerful metric A Fleischer Sallan Foundation Sallan Found January 23 2014 What makes data actionable what turns it into information that means something to stimulate energy efficiency enhanced policy M Bobker Sallan Foundation Sallan Found January 23 2014 Don t forget change takes time we ARE seeing uptake on energy behavior A Hinge Sallan Foundation Sallan Found January 23 2014 Class A office buildings easier energy improvements have been done different dynamics in other kinds of buildings residentials J Flaherty Sallan Foundation Sallan Found January 23 2014 Energy efficiency upgrades in residential sector hampered by lack of understanding by tenants time to focus must concentrate on landlords Sallan Foundation Sallan Found January 23 2014 Owners control 70 of energy in NYC residential buildings find ways

    Original URL path: http://www.sallan.org/Sallan_In-the-Media/2014/02/how_knowledge_can_save_po.php (2016-02-10)
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  • Under 2 MOU | Joined By Vice President Gore, Governor Cuomo... | Twitter Conversations | The Sallan Foundation in the Media
    MOU Sallan live tweets from Columbia University where Governor Cuomo joined by Vice President Gore signs the Subnational Global Climate Leadership Under 2 MOU pledging NY s commitment to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions Subnational Gov t Action Al Gore talks up the NY REV for the low down on REV read the wrap up of Sallan s There ll Be Some Changes Made Power System Realignment or Death Spiral

    Original URL path: http://www.sallan.org/Sallan_In-the-Media/2015/10/under_2_mou.php (2016-02-10)
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  • Columbia Street Waterfront District | Passive House Days | Twitter Conversations | The Sallan Foundation in the Media
    of Brooklyn s smallest neighborhoods about 22 blocks between the B Q E and the waterfront from Atlantic Avenue to the Hugh L Carey Tunnel aka the Brooklyn Battery That said it has quite a few Passive Houses two multifamily passive house developments were on view for the 11th annual International Passive House Days Sallan Executive Director Nancy Anderson took a look Brooklyn building shows that Passive Houses can have

    Original URL path: http://www.sallan.org/Sallan_In-the-Media/2014/11/columbia_waterfront_distr.php (2016-02-10)
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  • Power For The People | Not Your Grandma's Infrastructure | ICYMI | The Sallan Foundation in the Media
    City Hall the question before us is what should be the future of NYC s energy infrastructure Innovative ideas and actions must not be relegated to later for that status We know we need new means to power the city Could we should we foster a meshwork of distributed generation technologies such as rooftop PV microgrids and combined heat and power systems Yes because they will be better ways to

    Original URL path: http://www.sallan.org/Sallan_In-the-Media/2013/11/power_for_the_people.php (2016-02-10)
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