The effects of climate change are ubiquitous. Agriculture, energy, health, and transportation are some of the many sectors that have been negatively impacted over the past decade. Now, more than ever, we need to create sustainable solutions and preserve our environment.

City Hall Update: My Recent Work on Environment Issues

Every individual can play a significant role to help. This is how I am involved:

  • The Flint Water Crisis and Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in Michigan exemplify the consequences of unsafe water supply. To keep New York City safe from disaster, I am working on legislation that requires testing for lead content in potable water sources throughout parks. 
  • Sunlight, wind, and tides are renewable sources of energy. Solar energy is abundant. We should be using more solar energy throughout the City; therefore, I am supporting:
    • A study to determine the feasibility of implementing solar-ready measures for commercial buildings
    • A mandate that the roofs of certain buildings be covered in green roofs or solar photovoltaic electricity generating systems
  • It is critical that future policies are based on evidence-based findings. For this reason, I am sponsoring a bill would require a task force to study the effect of shadows cast on public parks by nearby buildings.
  • I am co-sponsoring legislation to require age limitations on school buses and to replace such school buses with all electric school buses.
  • I support the commitment to achieve certain reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
  • We need to keep our city beaches and parks clean. This bill would prohibit any person from selling, or distributing for commercial purposes, single use bottles at beaches or parks under the jurisdiction of the City Department of Parks and Recreation.
  • I am committed to protecting my constituents. To improve the lives of New Yorkers, the City is recommending that sewage sludge be transported in a container enclosed by solid materials to prevent the emission of noxious odors.
  • Hazardous air pollutants include greenhouse gases and airborne microorganisms. In order to limit pollutants in our environment, I am cosponsoring legislation that would require an air quality monitoring program around wastewater treatment plants operated by the Department of Environmental Protection.

Environment Resources

NYC Department of Sanitation

125 Worth Street, Room 700 New York, NY 10013

Website: https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/dsny/site/services

The Department of Sanitation outlines how you can initiate a pickup for garbage or recycling in your area.

NYC Department of Sanitation

59 Maiden Lane, 5th Floor New York, NY 10038

Compost Program

Website: https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/dsny/site/services/food-scraps-and-yard-waste-page

If you are interested in composting your organic waste, the Department of Sanitation provides a list of collection sites throughout the city.

NYC Department of Sanitation

59 Maiden Lane, 5th Floor New York, NY 10038

Recycling Guide

Website: https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/dsny/site/services/recycling/what-to-recycle

Not sure what to recycle or what to throw out? This guide explains what is recyclable. 

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