City reduces waste capacity after NYLPI-backed legislation and lawsuit to clean up transfer station

December 20, 2019

Empowered by a waste equity law (Local Law 152 of 2018) passed in 2018 with the support of NYLPI’s coalition, the NYC Department of Sanitation has reduced the permitted waste capacity for three transfer stations in Brooklyn.  In 2017, NYLPI sued one of …



Reuters: Infamous New York island jail could have new, green life

December 20, 2019

A Reuters article quoted NYLPI Senior Staff Attorney Melissa Iachan on the campaign for a Renewable Rikers.  A series of City Council bills would transform the notorious jail into a renewable energy hub. “It’s turning something that has been bleak, may …



Crain’s Selects NYLPI’s Rachel Spector for 2020 Notable Women in Law

December 16, 2019

We take pride today as Crain’s New York Business 2020 Notable Women in Law honors Rachel Spector, who skillfully directs the Environmental Justice Program at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest. Her talents drive campaigns with her team and with l …



QNS: Coalition of environmental and criminal justice advocates unite around Renewable Rikers legislation

December 12, 2019

Photo credit: Max Parrott/QNS QNS Coalition of environmental and criminal justice advocates unite around Renewable Rikers legislation By Max Parrott / Thursday, December 12, 2019 A coalition of environmental justice advocates and criminal justice refor …



Op-Ed: The Energy Behind the Renewable Rikers Vision

December 11, 2019

The Gotham Gazette published an op-ed by Councilmember Costa Constantinides and NYLPI Senior Staff Attorney Melissa Iachan making the case for a Renewable Rikers Island.  The plan would create a solar farm, state-of-the-art wastewater treatment plant, …



We Won! Mayor Signs Bill to Reform Private Waste Industry

November 20, 2019

Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a transformative bill to create commercial waste zones into law on Wednesday November 20, with members of NYLPI’s Environmental Justice Program in attendance. The new law will create geographic zones for commercial waste col …



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