This Earth Day, as with every other day, we must continue our commitment to conversation and green practices to ensure that our Earth and city remain for many generations to come.
Here are a few environmental updates from my office, including legislation and the continued fight against the Marine Transfer Station.
I recently received a perfect score from the New York League of Conversation Voters on their City Council Environmental Scorecard. The scorecard measured support of City Council Members on nine key environmental bills, all of which I was pleased to vote for or co-sponsor. The bills are as follows:
Signed into Law:
- “80-by-50” Climate Change Bill*
- Pre-tax Transit Benefits*
- NYC Energy Conversation Code*
- Mold Resistant Building Materials
- Safe, Energy-Efficient Construction Site Lighting
Awaiting a Vote:
- Plastic Bag Bill*
- Biodiesel-powered Ferry Fleet*
- Heating and Cooling Efficient Buildings*
- Bus Rapid Transit for All Boroughs*
* = co-sponsored
Green Construction Bill
I introduced the "Green Construction Bill" to increase the amount of recycled material used in our roads--and reduce the amount of debris going to landfills. Specifically, the bill would require that at least 30% of the concrete used in new projects comes from recycled sources. You can read about it in the Daily News.
East 91st Street Marine Transfer Station
I have continued in my fight against the East 91st Street Marine Transfer Station, which is both an environmentally and economically inefficient plan. Learn more at BenKallos.com/MTS
New York City's current recycling rate is an unacceptable 15%, much lower than the national average of 35% and ranked 16th out of 27 major U.S. and Canadian cities.