New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos

Environment

<P>While serving as Chief of Staff to <A HREF="https://kallosforcouncil.com/experience#New York State Assembly">Assembly Member Jonathan L. Bing</A> our office received an honor from the <A HREF="http://www.nylcv.org">New York League of Conservation Voters</A> for introducing environmentally friendly legislation that helped enable the <A HREF="http://www.mta.info/nyct/sbs/">MTA's Select Bus Program</A>.</P>
<P>As someone who grew up in New York City and State the environment including our City and State parks, greenways such as running and bike paths, and waterways are of integral importance. As a child I grew up playing in <A HREF="http://www.carlschurzparknyc.org/">Carl Schurz</A> and <A HREF="www.nycgovparks.org/parks/johnjaypark">John Jay</A> parks, and as an adult I've hiked in our State parks with <A HREF="www.surpriselake.org">Surprise Lake Camp</A>, biked over 75+ miles of our greenways with <A HREF="http://www.transalt.org/">Transportation Alternatives</A>, swam across the East River with <A HREF="http://www.nycswim.org/">NYC Swim</A> and in the Hudson River with the <A HREF="http://www.nyctri.com">New York City Triathlon</A>, and trained everywhere with the <A HREF="http://www.agtri.com">Asphalt Green Triathlon</A> team.</P>
<P>As an avid user of our City and States natural resources, you won't find a better advocate for our environment. After all what other candidate would fight to keep the City's rivers clean enough to swim in?</P>

Downtown Waterfront Alliance Kicks Off City of Water Day by Dan Metz

Waterfront Alliance Kicks Off City of Water Day

“I believe climate change is real,” said Kallos, “and in June we passed a climate emergency resolution. We are the largest city in the world to do so. We’re gonna continue fighting every day to fight climate change so that the organization doesn’t have more waterfront in our city.”

Proactive Investors Here's why New York City's climate emergency resolution is a step in the right direction by Uttara Choudhury

Here's why New York City's climate emergency resolution is a step in the right direction

Capstone Turbine CEO Darren Jamison says even ‘moderate’ incentives for using existing green off-the-shelf technologies can have a big impact on local climate

The Villager Pols urge city: Declare climate emergency by ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH

Pols urge city: Declare climate emergency

On June 24, Councilmembers Ben Kallos and Costa Constantinides called on the city to declare a climate emergency as a crowd of activists waved signs and cheered on the steps of City Hall under the blistering sun.

Cheddar Washington's 'Failure in Leadership' Spurred NYC's Climate Emergency Declaration: Council Member by Spencer Feingold

Washington's 'Failure in Leadership' Spurred NYC's Climate Emergency Declaration: Council Member

Kallos also slammed President Trump for denying climate change, telling Cheddar that New York City’s emergency declaration is a “direct response to a failure in leadership in our president and in the federal government.”

“We are hoping that if every jurisdiction around the country and around the planet says ‘nope, climate change is real,’ that will change the narrative and folks will finally have to come to terms with reality,” Kallos added. “When things are going wrong up top, we try to mobilize from the bottom.”

Gotham Gazette Calling for 'Climate Emergency' Declaration, Council Members Examine City's Progress in Renewable Energy by Caitlyn Rosen

Calling for 'Climate Emergency' Declaration, Council Members Examine City's Progress in Renewable Energy

The likely future of devastation caused by climate change is one of several reasons activist Becca Trabin said New York City needs to declare a climate emergency.

“You look out at this beautiful cityscape. You don’t just see these tall buildings that are standing here today, you see what this space will look like if we continue on our current trajectory,” Trabin said. “I see devastation all around, I see death. And I see that there is still time to avert that trajectory.”

Trabin was surrounded by about 90 activists in front of City Hall on Monday – including City Council Members Ben Kallos, Costa Constantinides, and Rafael Espinal – who rallied ahead of a hearing of the Council’s Committee of Environmental Protection that included discussion of a resolution to declare a climate emergency in New York City. 

Gothamist Hudson River Park Takes Steps To Eliminate Disposable Plastics by Elizabeth Kim

Hudson River Park Takes Steps To Eliminate Disposable Plastics

The Hudson River Park Trust has announced an effort to dramatically reduce the use of disposable plastics by the park's vendors, restaurants, and other tenants, with the intent of becoming what the trust says will be the first public park in New York City to gradually move toward a “plastic free” environment.

The Progressive Pesticide Lawsuits and the Threat Hiding in the Perfect Lawn by Lauren Sandford

Pesticide Lawsuits and the Threat Hiding in the Perfect Lawn

In 2012, Dewayne Anthony Lee Johnson took a job as groundskeeper for a California county school district. “I did everything,” he said in an interview with Time magazine. “Caught skunks, mice, and raccoons, patched holes in walls, worked on irrigation issues.”

He also treated the school grounds with Roundup weed killer, about twenty to thirty times a year and sometimes for several hours a day. On one occasion, the pesticide sprayer broke, drenching Johnson in the herbicide. Afterward, a rash broke out and skin lesions spread across his body.

Good News Network NYC Passes Bold New Legislation Requiring Green Roofs on New Buildings – and Much More by John Large

NYC Passes Bold New Legislation Requiring Green Roofs on New Buildings – and Much More

New York City recently passed a trailblazing new piece of legislation that is set to propel the Big Apple towards the forefront of America’s fight against climate change.

The new Climate Mobilization Act, which was passed on April 18th, contains six climate measures intended to help the city reach carbon neutrality and 100% clean energy by 2050.

One of the notable provisions in the bill requires all new residential and commercial buildings to cover their rooftops with plants or renewable energy sources such as solar panels.

New York Post De Blasio suggests mandatory composting, offers few details by Julia Marsh

De Blasio suggests mandatory composting, offers few details

Mayor Bill de Blasio proposed mandatory composting during his Earth Day announcement, but in September, he temporarily shelved expansion of a pilot project to recycle food scraps due to low use.

The project more than doubled curbside composting collection from 13,000 tons in fiscal year 2017 to 31,000 tons in 2018, according to the Department of Sanitation. But the city generates 14 million tons of garbage a year, about one-third of which is food waste, so the increase in composting made only a tiny dent in landfill reduction.