Green Beer for a Sustainable St. Patrick's Day

Saint Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, which means time for fun social gatherings and celebration. However, with social gatherings it is easy to forget to be environmentally friendly. Beer bottles, plates, cups, food, and decorations can all turn into polluting waste if not disposed of properly. So before you go out to celebrate this year’s Saint Patrick’s Day, here are some simple green tips to consider before you purchase beer for this year’s celebrations. Water is one of the primary

Green Tip: Road Salt and the Environment

While road salt, 40% sodium and 60% chloride, is the most efficient way to de-ice our roads, the compound’s environmental impact gives plenty of room for pause after the snow melts. Road salt reduces the ground’s freezing temperature and increases wheel traction on pavement. Salt trucks deposit nearly 137 pounds of road ice per person in the USA, or 122 billion tons, as of 2014. In exchange for its short-term efficiency, this salting practice is well worn and has long-term environmental consequ

Green Tip: Spring Cleaning

Spring cleaning is our time of year to transition from winter to spring: to clean out our closets, to declutter our spaces, to swipe clean our floors, and sweep out the previous season from our homes. Unfortunately, many of these chemicals and household cleaners we use leave an invisible and insidious chemical trail in their wake. Here are your seven tips for making this year’s spring cleaning an efficient and environmental one while limiting negative effects on your health from this year’s ritu

Pleasant Plateau: A Tale Told Through Photographs and Headers

The green fuzzy haired mountain ramps converge and kiss the upside down triangle of the horizon at the foot of the trailhead to Plateau Mountain. To the left lies the meandering climb to Westkill Mountain at the tail-end of the Devil’s Path. To the right lies Plateau Mountain, what feels like the steepest incline and decline on the 24.3-mile, 7,800 elevation gain trek, and the western end of the Indian Head Mountain Range. In other words, the panorama is a perfect encapsulation of my favorite w

Anthony’s Nose, Or Mindfulness Microphone

In the silence of life beyond the helter-skelter daily conversation, the opportunity to not take life for granted emerges: to listen, to love, and to be present. To have conversations that matter, in the company of loved ones, whose company we value most. Listening is so powerful that the sound of wedding bells supposedly drove Vincent Van Gogh to cut off his own ear. The power of peering beyond the crowds at Anthony’s Nose–whose nose it is anyway? My blog, and my nose on the line. My friend,

Fall Behind Hiker; Spring Ahead Blog

Picking up my Keyboard (and Boots) My experience of this winter and of hiking in general was that of feeling left behind and distanced from the outdoor exertions I hold so dear to me and are so important to me and my well-being via the dark and the sheer cold for much of this long season. So when it came time for me to enjoy a hike and complete it with some reckless abandon of hope instead of the harangues of hesitancy, I found it appro-po that I pick up my keyboard and continue to blog. In sho

Cavalier Hiker Climbs for Charity: Suffer(n) - Bear Mountain Trail In-A-Day

My Charity hike on Saturday, April 28, began and finished with encounters with trail angels, my favorite type of people on planet earth. The trek began with Bryan, and ended with Zachary. An odyssey of ocean and footsteps lay between. For your future solo-hiking entertainment, I hereby introduce two new solo-hiking games: 1) Picture Rush. Put your camera (preferably phone) on a rock with NO tripod, with a 10-second delay, and run and pose for a picture on some difficult-to-reach object. Here a

Divest vs. Engage & Invest? The Fossil Fuel Debate in New York State

The relationship between our pension funds and fossil fuel companies has become a heated topic of discussion with two differing philosophies on how to approach the issue. Right now New York City has $5 billion of its $191 billion of its pension fund invested in fossil fuel companies. New York State’s $200 billion pension fund currently has $3.68 billion invested in the top 200 fossil-fuel companies. In financial terms, the New York State retirement fund and the New York City pension fund are the

New Yorkers Stand Opposed to Offshore Drilling Plan

Today, February 14, elected officials and environmental leaders convened in Smithtown, NY, to decry Trump’s “National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2019-24.” Tomorrow, the government Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will convene a public meeting in Albany, where there is no sea breeze blowing—far away from the action. We support local officials and advocates who will be attending the meeting and share our deep disappointment and concern over a plan that prioritizes pro

New York Unveils Offshore Wind Master Plan

Governor Cuomo’s recently published Offshore Wind Master Plan, for the first time in our nation’s history, puts the financial and political power of a state behind creating sustainable energy infrastructure. This plan, when implemented, would combat climate change and create jobs while bolstering New York State port infrastructure. The Governor said: “While the federal government continues to turn its back on protecting natural resources and plots to open up our coastline to drilling, New York i

Fix NYC Panel Releases Congestion Pricing Recommendations

On Friday, we got our first look at the long-awaited Fix NYC Advisory Panel Report. The report has mostly been met with praise, even from frequent sources of criticism, and provides a template for how we can simultaneously get vehicles off the road, reduce emissions, and improve the efficiency of public transportation. These measures, in turn, will promote the public health of New York residents through reducing pollution, improving air quality, and offering more space for sustainable forms of t

There’s No Time to Waste

The 2018-2019 New York State Executive Budget is due out soon and one important new program NYLCV is expecting to see in there is the Food Recycling and Recovery Act. The proposal, which was included in the Executive Budget last year but removed from the final version when a compromise between the Governor and the two houses of the state legislature could not be reached. The program mandates large generators of food waste to donate edible food and recycle the rest through anaerobic digestion or