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Eric Goldstein, Director of NRDC's New York City Environment, NY

Eric Goldstein

Eric is a senior attorney in NRDC's New York office and director of New York City Environment. He has worked for more than 30 years on urban environmental issues, including air pollution, solid waste, drinking water and environmental justice. Eric gained nationwide attention in the early 1980s for spearheading the public campaign to get lead out of gasoline. He is co-author of The New York Environment Book and co-teaches the environmental law clinic at New York University School of Law.

Recent Posts

New York City's History-Making Recycling Law Turns 25 Years Old (Part III)

Posted August 12, 2014 by Eric Goldstein in Living Sustainably, U.S. Law and Policy

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In December 2013, the Sanitation Department was collecting recyclables from New York City residences and institutions at a rate of just over 16 per cent; the percentage is just about the same today. In view of the ambitious intentions of...continued

New York City's History-Making Recycling Law Turns 25 Years Old (Part II)

Posted August 5, 2014 by Eric Goldstein in Living Sustainably, U.S. Law and Policy

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The 2000’s – The New Administration Stumbles at the Start Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who took office in 2002, compiled an impressive track record in addressing environmental health and sustainability issues in New York City. But he didn’t start off as...continued

New York City's History-Making Recycling Law Turns 25 Years Old (Part I)

Posted July 29, 2014 by Eric Goldstein in Living Sustainably, U.S. Law and Policy

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New York City’s landmark recycling statute -- which provided residents here with curbside collection of recyclables for the first time in modern history and generated momentum for stepped-up recycling in cities around the nation -- is celebrating its 25th birthday...continued

Drink Up! New York City Watershed Protection Plan is Approved, as State Grants Filtration Waiver through 2017

Posted May 7, 2014 by Eric Goldstein in Health and the Environment

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The New York State Health Department today granted New York City’s long-pending request for a waiver from the filtration requirements of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act and directed the city to implement an enhanced watershed protection program as a...continued

New York State Health Department Review of NYC's Drinking Water Protection Plan Is Two Years Late

Posted May 1, 2014 by Eric Goldstein in Health and the Environment

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The New York State Health Department is two years behind schedule in its review of New York City’s federally required plan for safeguarding the nation’s largest municipal drinking water supply.  Action by the State Health Department is required so that...continued

New York Yankees, with 27 World Championships, Now Seeking to Lead League in Composting and Sustainability

Posted April 18, 2014 by Eric Goldstein in Living Sustainably

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Two weeks before the New York Yankees opened their 111th baseball season, as Derek Jeter and his teammates were in Florida finishing up their spring training schedule, the Yankee’s Vice President of Stadium Operations, Doug Behar, was out in California,...continued

Environment and Sustainability in the Administration of NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio (Part I)

Posted April 10, 2014 by Eric Goldstein in Living Sustainably

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As New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio hits his 100th day in office, his administration’s approach to environmental issues and sustainability is beginning to take shape. To be sure, the first months of the Mayor’s term have been dominated by...continued

David Sive and Joe Sax, Titans of Environmental Law: An Appreciation

Posted March 14, 2014 by Eric Goldstein

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Within a single week, the nation’s environmental law community has lost two of its most respected founding fathers.  Joseph L. Sax, a distinguished emeritus professor of law at UC Berkeley School of Law whose writing helped expand the public trust...continued

NYC Mayor DeBlasio Names Emily Lloyd as New DEP Commissioner

Posted February 18, 2014 by Eric Goldstein

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Mayor Bill DeBlasio today named Emily Lloyd  --  a savvy government veteran with broad experience in New York City environmental issues  --  to be his new Commissioner of Environmental Protection. Commissioner Lloyd previously headed the Department of Environmental Protection from...continued

Is Poor Maintenance of Rooftop Water Tanks Endangering New York City's High Quality Drinking Water?

Posted January 27, 2014 by Eric Goldstein in Health and the Environment

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There is an important exposé in today's New York Times, which should be of interest to city apartment dwellers whose drinking water travels through New York's iconic rooftop water towers. An investigation by Times reporters Ray Rivera, Frank G. Runyeon and...continued

Governor Cuomo's Latest Post-Sandy Initiatives Include Focus on "Natural Infrastructure"

Posted January 7, 2014 by Eric Goldstein in Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a boatload of new initiatives to make New York better prepared for future storms that are certain to hit the region’s shores in the wake of our changing climate. In a presentation at the State...continued

Proposals to Ban Polystyrene Foam Containers and Set New Requirements for Restaurant Food Waste Composting On Launchpad in New York City Council

Posted December 19, 2013 by Eric Goldstein in Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, U.S. Law and Policy

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The New York City Council – as part of a flurry of activity at its final regular session of the year -- seems likely to enact two significant pieces of solid waste reform legislation today. One bill would put New...continued

Attention All Apartment-House Residents in New York City -- Electronic Waste Recycling Collections Are Now Available for Your Buildings

Posted November 7, 2013 by Eric Goldstein in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably

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My NRDC colleague Jon Krois and I attended the kick-off press conference this morning for New York City’s ambitious new electronics waste recycling program. The program will make it much more convenient for hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers to...continued

Post-Sandy Floodplain Buyout Programs Are Taking Off in the New York Region

Posted October 29, 2013 by Eric Goldstein

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Slowly but surely, the Cuomo Administration has been advancing an historic initiative that offers economic incentives to residential property owners around the state if they are willing to move their homes and families out of the region’s most dangerous flood zones. ...continued

Let's Make Future NYS Environmental Reviews More Relevant to A Post-Sandy Climate

Posted October 22, 2013 by Eric Goldstein in Living Sustainably

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Here is a blog post from my NRDC colleague, Jon Krois, highlighting one of NRDC’s post-Sandy priorities for action by public officials in New York: One year after Sandy, the idea of the fluke ‘hundred year storm,’ impossible to predict...continued

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