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NYC Council Holds Hearing on Getting to Zero Waste by 2030

NYC Council Holds Hearing on Getting to Zero Waste by 2030

By Alyssa Costa, Dietetic Intern, CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy

On September 18, 2017 the New York City Council Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management held a hearing regarding an amendment to the City charter to establish a goal of zero waste for New York city by 2030.

Five Borough Food Flow

Five Borough Food Flow

This month, NYC Economic Development Corporation and the Mayor's Office of Recovery and Resiliency released the results of a 2016 New York City food distribution and resiliency study. This "Five Borough Food Flow"  is a an effort to better understand the  vast system of food retail, distribution and transportation networks that supply New York City's residents and visitors with billions of pounds of food each year and help the City ensure that this system, is resilient, modernized and able to support our growing population. 

Policy Brief: New Directions for Urban Agriculture in New York City

Policy Brief: New Directions for Urban Agriculture in New York City

Nevin Cohen, Research Director, CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute

In the past year various New York City policies and programs have helped to grow urban agriculture: The city’s housing agency preserved dozens of gardens slated for housing development, including designing four existing gardens into a new development project. Gardens in the Lower East Side are being retrofitted to help protect the community from flooding. The Housing Authority has created large farms on several developments to train youth, involve residents, and grow and distribute fresh produce. And entrepreneurs have come together to advocate support for the nascent commercial urban agriculture industry. This brief explains that these efforts not only align with food policies but they address broader city goals that extend beyond food production.