Janet Babin

Business, Sustainability, Climate Reporter, WNYC News

Janet Babin is a reporter at WNYC covering economic development.

Before joining WNYC, she was a reporter for American Public Media's Marketplace.  Janet has also worked as a producer and guest host on APM's The Story.  She's reported on many stories for various NPR programs.  Janet was a Gerald Loeb Awards finalist for her reporting on merchant power plants

Her business reporting at WNYC earned Janet a Front Page award for specialized reporting from the Newswomen's Club of New York.

Janet Babin appears in the following:

New York City Reinstates Styrofoam Ban

Friday, May 12, 2017

The city's ban becomes effective Nov. 13 — unless industry groups are again successful in court.

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Styrofoam Ban Surfaces in NYC Council. Again

Thursday, May 11, 2017

The city is trying again, after restaurant and pro-polystyrene industry groups fought back against a ban, and won.

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Clean Water Advocates Hold Hudson River 'Sweep'

Friday, May 05, 2017

Thousands are expected to line the banks of the Hudson, from Red Hook to the Adirondacks.


New York City Issues Climate Resiliency Design Guidelines

Thursday, April 27, 2017

For the first time, the city will encourage designers to consider the future impacts of climate change in capital projects.


NYC’s First Community Garden

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Our "Design by Community" series continues with a look at the history and current challenges of New York City's first community garden.


Is the Earth Day 'March for Science' Anti-Trump? Organizers say no.

Friday, April 21, 2017

March for Science NYC may be non-partisan, but the political overtones are undeniable.


A Syrian's Dream of a U.S. Fellowship Comes True, In The Trump Era

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Abeer Pamuk's dream of working for a children's non-profit in the U.S. has come true, but Donald Trump's policies make it nerve-wracking.


How Donald Trump Could Weed Out Your Community Garden

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Trump's budget calls for eliminating all federal block grants; NYC's Parks Department receives $4,500,000 a year from those grants.

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Trump's Climate Order Could Send More Pollution Toward Trump Tower

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The president says his order will create new jobs, but it could also mean more smog for New York and New Jersey.

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Sure, the Globe is Warming. Let's Not Talk About It.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Yale mapped attitudes about climate change. One finding: while over 70 percent of Americans believe global warming is happening, only a third talk about it.


Schneiderman to Trump: Don't De-Fund EPA Superfund

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

New York's attorney general was at the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, asking the President to keep the "fund" in Superfund.


Trump to Cities: Drop Dead

Thursday, March 16, 2017

The White House's preliminary budget cuts spending across all agencies except Defense, Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security. New York officials say it's a disaster for the city.

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Barnard College to Divest from Fossil Fuel Climate Deniers

Monday, March 06, 2017

The college concluded that eliminating climate denying firms balanced its mission with the need to grow the endowment.


It's a Public Space — But Trump Tower Tries to Kick Activists Out

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Legally, President Trump has to keep the gardens open to the public. But he's been fined for failing to do so.

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Companies Strategize As Climate Policies Possibly Change

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

President Trump has tweeted that climate change is a hoax, so how will his administration amend U.S. policies, and how should companies respond?


Sanctuary Restaurant Movement to Protect Workers, Immigrants

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Riffing on Sanctuary Cities, Sanctuary Restaurants promise to stand up for workers and immigrant rights.


Donald Trump Faces Lawsuit From Local Teen Over Climate Change

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Victoria Barrett, along with 20 others, filed a lawsuit against President Obama and the federal government over climate change. Now, it’s Donald Trump’s problem.


Trump's Travel Ban Prompts Second Day of Protests

Sunday, January 29, 2017

New Yorkers streamed into in Battery Park, a historic site where millions of immigrants were once welcomed to New York, demanding an end to President Trump's travel ban.

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Donald Trump's Childhood Home Auctioned Off

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Interest came from China, South Africa and Europe, but the sealed bidding didn't reveal who the buyers were, or why they would want the five-bedroom, Jamaica Estates home.


Cuomo Advances New Affordable Housing Tax Break

Sunday, January 15, 2017

New York's governor is proposing a way to replace a lapsed program that offers tax breaks to developers in exchange for affordable housing.