Posts Tagged ‘health’

A world obsessed with “stuff”

Thanksgiving is nearly here. If you’re reading this post, this likely makes two simultaneous, possibly-panic-filled thoughts jump into your head: (1) how am I EVER going to get all of my outlining done?; and (2) time to get the ball rolling on holiday gift shopping [and possibly (3): how can I have a delicious, meat-free Thanksgiving].

As you begin thinking about consuming, Annie Leonard at The Story of Stuff Project has made a new short film about the environmental impacts of the electronics which fill our lives: The Story of Electronics.  You can check it out below.

And if you are looking for some holiday gifts that are not planned for obsolescence, be sure to check out the Handmade Cavalcade (featuring local, handmade gifts) on December 5 in NoLita, and the great assortment of recycled gifts available at Uncommon


TODAY! Brownfield Redevelopment: A Panel Discussion (11/18)

Brownfield Redevelopment: A Panel Discussion

TODAY! Thursday, November 18

12:30 PM — Room 503

What is a brown field?

“any real property were development or reuse may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous waste, petroleum, pollutant or contaminant.”

What issues are involved in brownfield redevelopment?

“environmental contamination…planning, financing, community involvement, liability issues, technology selection, regulatory requirements, and the coordination of stakeholders.”


Sarah Flanagan; EPA Region 2

Assistant Regional Counsel, Superfund Branch

Larry Jacobs; Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A.

Environmental Law; Renewable Energy & Building Green

Speaker Bios:

Sarah Flanagan, EPA

Sarah Flanagan is an Assistant Regional Counsel in the EPA Region 2 Office of Regional Counsel, New Jersey Superfund Branch, providing legal support to the Superfund program in Region 2.  Ms. Flanagan’s responsibilities include responsible party identification and case development, negotiation of settlements for performance of Superfund response actions and/or recovery of EPA’s costs, litigation with respect to Superfund liability, and other, diverse aspects of counseling related to Superfund response actions.

Prior to joining EPA in 2001, Ms. Flanagan worked in private practice, advising clients on environmental issues in real estate and corporate transactions, negotiating with federal and state authorities, and litigating environmental disputes. Ms. Flanagan has a J.D. from NYU School of Law, 1991, and a B.A. from Brown University, 1982.

Larry Jacobs, Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer

Lawrence F. Jacobs is a shareholder of Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer and Chair of the Environmental Team.  He concentrates on advising clients in all phases of regulatory compliance with environmental laws and brownfields redevelopment.  Mr. Jacobs has extensive negotiating experience with federal, state and local authorities on permit applications and enforcement proceedings.

Mr. Jacobs is the co-author of a chapter in the two-volume treatise “Commercial Real Estate Transactions in New Jersey” (ICLE 2003, 2006).  He is also the author of the articles “Urban Brownfields”  (Urban Land Magazine, February 2002) and “Managing Environmental Risk”  (Urban Land Magazine, June 1999).  Mr. Jacobs is also a frequent lecturer on environmental issues for planning organizations and for the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE).

In addition, Mr. Jacobs is the Chair of the Northern New Jersey District Council of the Urban Land Institute, whose mission is to provide responsible leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide.


Lunch from the Jamaican Dutchy in coordination with the Street Vendor Pro Bono Project

Gulf Coast Oil Spill Panel at Columbia Law School, TONIGHT (10/6/10)

Join the Columbia Environmental Law Center for a thoughtful and illuminating panel discussion on the environmental, legal and public health ramifications of the Gulf Coast Oil Spill.

Panel speakers include:
Oluseyi Fayanju – researcher on Louisiana Wetlands, Environmental Defense Fund
Howard Rosenbaum – Environmental Science, Columbia University
Dorothy Peteet  Environmental Science, Columbia University
Julia LeMense – attorney, Environmental Law Center

This event is FREE and open to the public.

Gulf Coast Oil Spill Panel
Columbia University Law School, Jerome Greene Hall Room 103 – 435 W 116th Street
7:00 – 8:30pm

NY Times asks questions about fracturing

The NY Times had an editorial about hydraulic fracturing last week.  At Congress’s request, the EPA is about to start a second study into the environmental and human health effects of the process, after its first investigation was criticized for being superficial and slanted-toward industry interests.  Hydraulic fracturing is an issue with very real impacts  for New York State, because of the interest in using the process to extract natural gases from the Marcellus Shale, which stretches from Pennsylvania to lower New York State.

The NY Times has taken the somewhat middle-ground position that while “carefully regulated” hydraulic fracturing should be permitted in the Marcellus Shale, the New York City watershed should be offlimits.  You can read the full article  (and form your own opinion!) at