environment, food

Composting Problems into Solutions

Originally on Eat, Drink, and Be Long Island Business Editor On March 20, Governor Andrew Cuomo and the Long Island Power Authority’s board of trustees voted to approve a food digester that will not only reduce the amount of food being sent to landfills, but also compost it and create renewable energy to go into […]

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environment

Cremation Over Casket? How About Neither.

Each year around 50,000 people die in New York. While cremation and traditional burials are still the dominant methodologies of handling the dead, a third option has been gaining traction: green burials. Yet the ways in which New Yorkers are being laid to rest aren’t recorded. “States do not, on death certificates, distinguish between a […]

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environment

More Environmental Plans Set for New York

Efforts to save the environment took precedence this Spring, as both New York State and Suffolk County legislators passed bills to further ban single-use plastic and implement waste reduction measures, with some going into effect by Jan 2020.  The Town of Brookhaven will be the first location for a compost facility east of the Mississippi […]

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environment, law

There are 256 Chemically-Contaminated Sites on Long Island

Twenty years after the closing of Lawrence Aviation Industries in Port Jefferson Station, a toxic groundwater plume and New York Supreme Court trial are still ongoing. The abandoned plant sits on 126 acres nestled between residential streets near Sheep Pasture Road. It was once a manufacturer of titanium sheeting for the aeronautics industry but closed […]

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environment

Suffolk County Tackles Single-Use Plastic

A proposed fifth bill in a series of single-use plastic bills was laid on the table at a Suffolk County legislature public hearing, Tuesday March 5, that would require vendors to implement sustainable packing measures. This bill would require businesses to transition from plastic materials, like styrofoam peanuts and bubble wrap, to paper or cardboard […]

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environment, science

The Wonders Of New York’s Metro Reptile Expo

Photos and article by Katherine Hoey. Originally in The Stony Brook Press It was a wet Sunday afternoon, and the parking lot outside the Westchester County Center was nearly full. Fog cut off the tips of the buildings. Groups of people of all ages and backgrounds were returning to their cars, carrying glass tanks of […]

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