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Mark Izeman, Director of the New York Program and Senior Attorney, New York

Mark Izeman
I am originally from Rhode Island and grew up hiking and skiing in northern New England. This help explains my support of all Boston sports teams and love of the outdoors. After graduating from Brown University (History) in 1986, I worked as a Research Associate at NRDC in New York from 1986 to 1989. I then attended New York University School of Law, where I was awarded a public interest law scholarship (Root-Tilden). After law school, I clerked for a wonderful federal judge (Raymond Pettine) in Providence, Rhode Island. In 1993, I returned to NRDC as a staff attorney in the New York Program. Over the next 13 years, I focused on a wide variety of 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. 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 since then I have been the Director of the New York Program.

Recent Posts

Big Cities Once Again Step Up to the Plate on Improving School Food

Posted May 20, 2015 by Mark Izeman

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School food usually gets a bad rap. But six of the largest school districts in the nation are once again trying to change that reputation. Today, the Urban School Food Alliance - a unique coalition including New York City, Los...continued

Why Governor Cuomo's Casino Plans Are a Better Bet for the Environment

Posted February 9, 2015 by Mark Izeman

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A Fifteen-Year Chronology of the Casino Controversy in New York State Last year New York State saw some huge environmental wins: the ivory trade crackdown, the expansion of solar and other renewable energy, New York City's move to get rid...continued

A New York State of Mind on Food and Farms

Posted January 23, 2015 by Mark Izeman

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One in six Americans struggles with hunger. More than one-third of Americans are obese. And our current agriculture is a major contributor to climate change. These are just a few indicators that our national food system is broken. Or as...continued

Major US Cities Not “Chickening” Out on Good School Food

Posted December 9, 2014 by Mark Izeman

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Today, six of the largest cities in the United States — New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami-Dade, Dallas and Orlando — announced they will seek to buy only antibiotic-free chicken for the nearly three million kids they serve in...continued

New Jersey Legislation to Protect the Palisades Advances in Trenton

Posted June 9, 2014 by Mark Izeman

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The battle to protect the Palisades officially moved to the New Jersey capital last week when the State’s Senate Environment and Energy Committee heard testimony regarding a bill that would limit development over 35 feet in the Hudson River Palisades...continued

How LG Electronics is Mis-LEEDing the Public in the Fight to Save the Palisades Park

Posted May 9, 2014 by Mark Izeman

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Criticism continues to mount against LG Electronics’ plan to build a 143-foot headquarters on top of the Hudson River Palisades in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey – spoiling one of the few remaining stretches of natural beauty in the nation’s densest...continued

Jonathan Schell, Climate Change, and the (Still Pending) Fate of the Earth

Posted April 4, 2014 by Mark Izeman

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It would be overblown to say that the writer Jonathan Schell changed my life. But it is not a stretch to say that Schell, who died last week at the age of 70, played an instrumental role in my decision...continued

RFK Jr. to LG Electronics: Don't Ruin the Majestic Beauty of the American Wilderness

Posted January 23, 2014 by Mark Izeman

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In a lawsuit that could determine the fate of one of our country's great natural and historic landmarks—the Palisades Interstate Park along the Hudson River—NRDC and the New Jersey Conservation Foundation are today moving to join a lawsuit against LG...continued

Big Cities Join Together for Better School Food

Posted December 3, 2013 by Mark Izeman

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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

Elected Officials Speak Out Against Corporate Arrogance: LG Electronics' Tower Would Spoil Palisades Park Forever

Posted August 15, 2013 by Mark Izeman

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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

Will LG Electronics Be Allowed to Destroy the Palisades?

Posted May 8, 2013 by Mark Izeman

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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

Extra Onions, Please...But Hold the Fracking Fluid

Posted February 4, 2013 by Mark Izeman

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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

10 Essential Blogs on Hurricane Sandy Recovery

Posted January 25, 2013 by Mark Izeman

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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

Photo Essay: Sandy's Devastation in Staten Island and the Rockaways

Posted December 10, 2012 by Mark Izeman

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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

Will NYC Yellow Cabs Ever Go for the Gold?

Posted July 31, 2012 by Mark Izeman

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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

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