Monthly Archives: March 2013

College of Staten Island Hosts a “Serious Conversation” about the Borough’s Post-Sandy Future

Staten Island Zoning VariancesSuperstorm Sandy unleashed a powerful assault on Staten Island in late October. The island’s position in New York Harbor at the Narrows — where waters from the large Lower Bay funnel into the small Upper Bay — along with the storm’s westward shift at landfall focused Sandy’s energy on its southeastern shore. Communities such as New Dorp, Midland Beach and Oakwood Beach were battered by the storm surge, which also coincided with high tide. Continue reading

Aggressive Steps to Increase Efficiency Central to Massachusetts and Connecticut Energy Plans

MA EE Plan 2013-15The Northeast stands out for its aggressive pursuit of energy efficiency, as demonstrated by the presence of six of its states– Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont – on the top-ten list in the most recent national scorecard published by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE). Massachusetts has occupied the scorecard’s first place since 2011, and its ambitious energy-efficiency plan for 2013-2015, along with new initiatives for building rating and commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) loans, suggest it is not content to rest on its laurels. Continue reading