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Happy Earth Day - Now Move Your Car

Monday, April 21, 2014

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On the first Earth Day - that would be April 22, 1970 - Mayor John V. Lindsay implores New Yorkers to be more thoughtful with their parking.
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Kids Press for Green Roofs on City Schools

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Green roofs are spreading slowly in New York City. A group of young environmentalists are hoping to pick up the pace, starting with at least one green-roof school building in each borough.

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Burst Lightbulb in Harlem School Sends 11 to Hospital

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

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An old florescent light fixture broke, and the smoke not only forced the evacuation of the building but also re-ignited the fight over how to replace toxic fixtures in the schools as quickly as possible.

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Council Pushes for Faster PCB Removal

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Education officials said they can remove toxic PCBs from about 85 schools this summer and a handful more next summer, a pace that City Council members said they found unacceptable.

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City to Expedite PCB Removal in Schools

Thursday, October 18, 2012

New York will be accelerating work on infrastructure projects, including PCB clean-up in city schools. These are projects that are “ready to go, need to happen, and will be finished in the fixed timetable,” the mayor said.

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Mobile Recycling Lab Makes First Stop

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

New York City unveiled a colorful mobile lab dedicated to lessons about recycling amid promises to expand students' awareness of environmental issues.

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As PCB Issue Lingers, Removal Will Be Expedited at a Brooklyn School

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

A Brooklyn public school that had leaking light fixtures will be moved to the top of the list of schools with PCB problems, and the city will replace its lighting very soon, city officials said last week. But some health and environmental experts say the timeline for light fixture removal from schools should be expedited citywide.

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Union Gears Workshops Toward Parent Power

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

The United Federation of Teachers began a series of workshops for parents on Saturday morning, to help provide them with skills and motivation "to advocate on behalf of their children and schools, and demand education policy changes," Gotham Schools reports.

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Students Win for Turning Lady Liberty Green

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Two students at a gifted and talented middle school in Brooklyn dazzled the French with their award-winning works that link the Statue of Liberty to an environmental theme. One, Hale Sheffield, a seventh grader, won a grand prize of round-trip tickets for two to Paris.

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Council Mandates City Alerts on PCB Dangers

Monday, December 19, 2011

The City Council on Monday approved a new law that requires the Department of Education to give parents and school staff regular updates on the status of PCB light fixtures and the city's actions to replace them.

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Officials Pledge Help for Queens High School

Friday, November 18, 2011

Help is on the way to Queens Metropolitan High School, where a scheduling problem has inconvenienced students. The problem was discussed at a quiet meeting of the Panel for Educational Policy. Also: a list of upcoming school events, including a Community Networking Fair at Francis Lewis High School in Queens.

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Paved Paradise

Friday, April 18, 2008

Joni Mitchell’s song “Big Yellow Taxi,” from 1970, is the closest thing we’ve ever had to an environmental anthem. Mitchell told Reese Erlich why she’s bothered by “green” hypocrisy.

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