When someone mentions school lunch, chances are “environmental revolution” isn’t the first thought that comes to mind. But as Michael Wines reported in yesterday’s New York Times, that’s exactly what’s cooking in urban lunchrooms across the nation. Six of the country’s...continued→
Mark Izeman, Senior Attorney and Director of the New York Urban Program, New York
Although many people assume I am originally from New York, I actually grew up in Rhode Island. After graduating from Brown University in 1986, I thought I would get a Ph.D in American history and become a professor. But my environmental work in college led me to a research associate position in NRDC’s New York office from 1986 to 1989 and I decided to pursue a career in advocacy.
I then attended New York University School of Law, and continued to work part-time for NRDC. After law school, I clerked for a federal judge in Rhode Island and returned to NRDC in 1993 as a staff attorney in the New York Urban Program. And over the next 13 years, I focused on a wide variety of urban environmental issues, including drinking water, brownfields revitalization, recycling and protection of the Catskills region.
In early 2006, I moved with my family to Moscow, Russia where my wife was born and had an exciting work opportunity. While in Moscow, I continued to work for NRDC – and focused my work on energy efficiency, carbon-trading and climate change issues. (I also took the opportunity to begin studying Russian.)
We returned to the US in the summer of 2009, and I am now the Director of the New York Urban Program.
Elected Officials Speak Out Against Corporate Arrogance: LG Electronics' Tower Would Spoil Palisades Park Forever
It was a beautiful day in the Bronx, where elected officials and environmental and civic groups from New Jersey and New York held a press conference to raise awareness about LG Electronic’s plan to build a 143-foot headquarters over the...continued→
For the past five months, NRDC has joined with a coalition of New York and New Jersey environmental and civic organizations to protect one of the most iconic scenic vistas in the nation – the Palisades Park. LG Electronics has...continued→
By now the horrific stories of cows mysteriously losing tails, birthing stillborn calves, and even dropping dead have made their rounds. I’ve blogged about the dangers that fracking poses to our food supply before, as has my colleague Amy Mall....continued→
In his State of the State address earlier this month, Governor Cuomo announced a set of important initiatives that will help New York become more resilient in the face of climate change and, as a result, more prepared for extreme...continued→
This is one in a ongoing series of NRDC staff blogs dealing with environmental health, natural resource and quality-of-life impacts of Hurricane Sandy. NRDC is planning wide-ranging advocacy activities in the storm's wake, which will also be covered by my colleagues here...continued→
As the world watches the Olympic Games over the next two weeks, some will be glued to their television screens watching Ryan Lochte race to become America’s new swimming hero, while others wait eagerly to watch Queen Underwood and other...continued→
It’s probably just me, but when I hear the word “Rio” I think of that really awful song by Duran Duran from the early 1980s. (And yes, the music video was even worse than the song.) But this week Rio...continued→
Nearly seven years ago, the first hybrid yellow taxis rolled onto the streets of New York City as part of an effort to improve fuel economy and reduce emissions. Today, about 5,000 of these cleaner, greener taxis—nearly 40 percent...continued→
You think buying gifts for one night is difficult? Try finding 8 gifts for each of the 8 nights of Hanukkah. If you have two children, like I do, that’s 16, plus all of the other family gifts...continued→
Each year, NRDC honors leaders in the sustainable food movement who have advanced ecologically integrated farming practices, climate stewardship, water stewardship, farmland preservation, and social responsibility from farm to fork. This leadership takes place in a variety of...continued→
(kikoshouse.blogspot.com) Tomorrow a State judge in Tompkins County will hear arguments on a small town ordinance that is at the center of a big new issue in New York fracking world – municipal zoning. The crux of the case is...continued→
Today is national food day. But instead of writing about my favorite recipe, I thought instead I would pass along one word of career advice for aspiring lawyers: You guessed it: food. For years, I’ve told law students –who have...continued→
While the latest poll numbers show popular support for Mayor Mike Bloomberg cooling off, the Mayor took action today on one the hottest issues in New York City – local food. Earlier today at City Hall, Bloomberg signed a package...continued→
The last thing the world needs is another blog about local food. But hold on. Today’s entry isn’t about the food itself. It’s about warehouse roofs, abandoned baseball fields, and people who looked at empty spaces and saw opportunities usually...continued→
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