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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

NRDC Survey: NYC Businesses Still Blasting Their Air Conditioners with Doors Open

Posted August 26, 2015 by Eric Goldstein

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Many New York City retailers are continuing to blast their air conditioners with store doors wide open this summer, seven years after the New York City Council enacted legislation intended to curb the wasteful practice. A recently completed NRDC sampling...continued

Look Out Below: NYC Begins Draining 95 Billion Gallon Cannonsville Reservoir

Posted July 21, 2015 by Eric Goldstein

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The New York City Department of Environmental Protection ("DEP") has begun draining the 95 billion gallon Cannonsville Reservoir in upstate Delaware County in a precautionary move aimed at protecting riverbank communities from the unlikely possibility of a dam breach that...continued

De Blasio Administration to Require Composting by NYC's Largest Food Waste Generators

Posted July 2, 2015 by Eric Goldstein

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The administration of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is today unveiling a new proposal that will require the largest generators of food wastes here to arrange for composting of those materials, rather than sending them to landfills or...continued

Environmentalism and Equity in New York City, 2015

Posted May 7, 2015 by Eric Goldstein

Last week's New York City Council hearing on commercial waste disposal featured some unusually riveting testimony. Three men who have been employed by private carting companies, which collect waste from businesses across the city, testified before a committee investigating ways...continued

NRDC to Defend New York City Ban on Foam Containers from Industry Attack

Posted April 30, 2015 by Eric Goldstein

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Organizations associated with the polystyrene industry today filed a lawsuit in State Supreme Court in Manhattan, challenging New York City's recent prohibition on the use by restaurants and other food establishments of polystyrene foam food and beverage containers. As a...continued

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

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