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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

NYC Mayor de Blasio's Environmental Record So Far: A Good Start, but Big Challenges Ahead

Posted April 10, 2015 by Eric Goldstein

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During his first fifteen months at the helm of the nation's largest city, Mayor Bill de Blasio signaled that his Administration will be reaching for significant heights in environmental achievement, continuing and expanding on the progress on sustainability issues that...continued

New York City Set to Ban Environmentally Troublesome Polystyrene Foam Coffee Cups and Food Containers - A Victory for Cleaner Streets, Parks and Waterways

Posted January 8, 2015 by Eric Goldstein

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In one of the first big environmental decisions of the administration of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia is announcing today her determination that recycling of soiled polystyrene foam coffee cups and clamshells is impractical...continued

NYC Can't Recycle Polystyrene Foam Food Containers; Ban is Only Sensible Solution

Posted December 18, 2014 by Eric Goldstein

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No reliable economic market exists for recycling New York City’s environmentally problematic polystyrene foam (commonly referred to by the brand name “Styrofoam”) food and beverage containers, according to a new analysis prepared by independent consultants for Natural Resources Defense Council....continued

Time for Trash Equity in New York City

Posted October 14, 2014 by Eric Goldstein

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Everyone who cares about the health of our planet and its people owes a big thank-you to the environmental justice movement for its role in organizing last month’s phenomenal People’s Climate March.  So what better time than now to help...continued

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

Posted August 12, 2014 by Eric Goldstein

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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