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McDonald's will start making the switch from plastic straws to paper

Earth Day was in April, but people are striving to treat Mother Earth better every day — whether it’s a brewery making beer out of wastewater, a Florida startup creating biodegradable six pack rings or cities, like NYC, banning styrofoam. Now, McDonald’s has announced it will be...

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 10:50am

City ban on Styrofoam products to begin in January, mayor says

Take-out is a quintessential part of New Yorkers’ lives, but come January, they can expect to start seeing a lot less of its bulky, non-recyclable aftermath as the city’s Styrofoam ban is slated to go into effect by Jan. 1, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday. The announcement came...

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 3:23pm

Gov. Baker gets 'C' in environmental report card

A coalition of environmental groups, for the third year in a row, has awarded the Baker administration a passing but average grade for its environmental protection efforts, knocking officials for not moving the needle from year to year. Grades in the report card, issued by six groups, range from...

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 9:44am

Walsh, big-city mayors launch major renewable energy plan

Houston, Chicago, Los Angeles and other major cities have joined Boston and other cities to explore a potentially massive renewable energy procurement, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced Thursday at a climate summit. At the International Mayors Climate Summit in Boston, Walsh urged other mayors to...

Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 2:08pm

Being indigenous peoples in the age of Trump

Those who think New York City’s connection to its indigenous peoples may have ended in 1626 when they sold Manhattan to the Dutch for trade goods might be surprised to know there are, according to Census data, 110,000 New Yorkers who self-identify as Native Americans. Many of them seek out...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 2:42pm

Circular economy: What is it and why are people talking about it now?

In discussions of sustainability and the environment, the term "circular economy" is popping up more and more. It is as it looks: "circular" relates to recycling. But a truly circular economy goes a bit further than separating your paper trash from your glass and thinking of yet...

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 3:08pm

‘Ecological City’ uses the arts to inspire environmental action in New York City

For nearly three decades, Felicia Young has made it her life’s work to use the arts to raise awareness for the ecological issues facing New York City, from climate change and conservation to sustainability. New Yorkers are encouraged to become part of Young’s mission on Saturday, when...

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 1:59pm

Community solar garden coming to the South Bronx

A local startup is offering New Yorkers a way to help the environment and get a discount on their electric bill, all without actually putting solar panels on your roof. PowerMarket, a software company in the community solar industry, has launched a new solar project in the South Bronx, for which...

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 4:11pm

Floating food forest Swale docks at Brooklyn Army Terminal for the summer

Have the warmer temperatures we’ve been experiencing this week in New York City given you a hankering for some summer produce fresh from the source? Starting Saturday, you’ll get your chance to pluck fruits, vegetables, herbs and more right from the garden when Swale, a floating food...

Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 12:27pm

Advocates call on MBTA to switch to all electric buses

Environmental advocates, medical professionals and members of a public interest group are calling on the MBTA to switch completely to electric buses, saying the transition is necessary to protect the health of residents and the environment. “The majority of America’s buses remain dirty...

Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 5:03am

Old Tappan Zee Bridge to become artificial reef off Long Island

For more than 60 years, the original Tappan Zee Bridge served as a connector over a New York waterway, and now parts of the still-being-demolished structure are heading under the surface to become part of an artificial reef off Long Island. Starting this week, concrete and steel from the original...

Monday, April 30, 2018 - 11:17am

What is Arbor Day and why do we celebrate it?

French President Emmanuel Macron might’ve trolled President Donald Trump earlier this week by giving him a tree, but the ceremonial planting was also the perfect way to kick off Arbor Day. Though not as well known as the other environmental holiday in April (Earth Day), it serves as an...

Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 5:10pm

Council wants ban on single-use plastic bottle sales in NYC parks and beaches

After President Trump rolled back a six-year Obama-era ban on selling bottled water at U.S. national parks last year, New York City Council has responded by introducing a ban of their own on single-use water bottles at city parks and beaches. “In the face of the Trump administration's...

Monday, April 23, 2018 - 12:15pm

Community solar aims to bring renewable energy to everyone

Anyone can go outside and enjoy the sun, but can everyone benefit from solar power? If you don’t have the finances, or the roof, to install solar panels, you may have thought you had to miss out on the renewable energy resource, but a movement of “community solar” has been...

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 1:33pm

Celebrating Earth Day 2018 in Boston

Here in Boston, we pride ourselves on our open spaces, parks, and beautiful waterfronts. From places to sit in the sun, to the views of Boston Harbor, to the grassy areas for communities to gather, our environment provides us with the spaces that increase our quality of life. As we celebrate Earth...

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 5:03am

Earth Day comes early to Union Square this weekend

If you’re looking to get a jump on your Earth Day 2018 actions, head to Union Square on Sunday, where Earth Day Initiative will hold its free annual festival.  The daylong family-friendly event will feature dozens of exhibitors, live performances, an interactive booth featuring Korean...

Friday, April 13, 2018 - 5:00am

Advocates ask Red Sox to go green

Fenway Park may have the Green Monster, but advocates are asking the Red Sox to go even greener. Advocates from Environment Massachusetts and MASSPIRG Students launched on Tuesday a campaign called “Sox Go Green,” asking the Boston baseball team to switch over to 100 percent renewable...

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 2:43pm

NYC schools to begin using compostable cutlery come fall

New York City students will be eating a little greener come fall by way of compostable cutlery, the New York Post reported. Alongside Chicago, Miami and Los Angeles, New York City will be part of a $34.8 million, five-year contract with Houston-based F&W Plastics to provide biodegradable...

Monday, April 9, 2018 - 10:12am

New signs to warn against eating fish caught in Gowanus Canal

Locals fishing in Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal will soon see some friendly reminders to not eat what they catch in the toxic waterway, Brooklyn Paper reported Tuesday. The Gowanus Community Advisory Group recently wrote a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency urging the federal...

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 10:16am

Industries dump more pollution in Mass. waters than legally allowed: Report

There are regulations that restrict how much pollution can be dumped into a waterway, but industries in Massachusetts don’t seem to always follow the rules. Massachusetts industries dumped excessive amounts of chemicals into the commonwealth’s rivers and streams more than 120 times in...

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 2:53pm