Greener City Streets Aren’t Just About Traffic. They’re About Rainwater, Too.

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As cities push to become more environmentally friendly, transportation planners are being asked to consider how both traffic and water flows through their streets.

Can States and Cities Really Uphold the Paris Climate Deal?

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They have pledged to carry out the landmark accord on behalf of America. We asked environmental experts for the most effective and politically practical ways they can help do that.

Ginger Spencer: The Woman Paid to Talk Trash [Episode 7]

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Ginger Spencer is an unapologetic trash talker.

As public works director for Phoenix, she oversees all things waste for the nation’s fifth-largest city.

It may be a smelly job, but it’s certainly not small. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton wants to make the city the most sustainable in the world and to achieve zero waste by 2050. To get there, it’s largely up to Spencer.

A south Phoenix native, Spencer has been a passionate public servant in her hometown for two decades. As she explains in our interview, the federal level is for people who want to write policy, the local level is for people who want to make policy happen.

Listen to the latest episode of “The 23%: Conversations With Women in Government” below. You can also subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or Stitcher, and check out our archives.

Webinar: The Secret to Managing a Successful Mandatory Recycling Ordinance

June 21, 2017 — noon CDT
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Does your community use mandatory recycling to support its waste diversion goals? This presentation will teach you how to work with your community to increase recycling, improve compliance rates, and monitor progress. Register to attend this webinar to discover how local governments use technology to manage and measure their mandatory recycling programs.

After attending this webinar, you will:

  • be ready to apply the 3E Strategy to optimize your MRO
  • be equipped with best practices to improve compliance rates
  • be motivated to implement proven systems to help you manage your MRO
  • be armed with valuable lessons from experienced communities

This presentation is the second webinar in a two-part series about Mandatory Recycling Ordinances. The first webinar in the series had over 250 attendees and received rave reviews. You can read Resource Recycling’s article about it or sign up to receive a link to the recording and the MRO Starter Kit.

How New York Is Turning Food Waste Into Compost and Gas

Read the full story in the New York Times.

New Yorkers already have blue and green bins for recycling glass, metal, paper and plastic. But now brown bins for organic waste are starting to appear all over the city. These plastic totems are part of the city’s multimillion-dollar campaign to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions and reliance on landfills, and to turn food scraps and yard waste into compost and, soon, clean energy.

Is Recycling Broken?

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To survive and prosper, local recycling efforts are forging ways to update, upgrade and educate.

A large part of the problem is that recycling programs have done a great job of teaching people to recycle, but a not-so-great job of driving home the reduce and reuse parts of the 3Rs. We don’t have to figure out how to get rid of waste if we don’t generate that waste in the first place.

Putting Green Infrastructure on Private Property in New York City

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This paper proceeds in four sections. The first provides an overview of the problems confronting New York City as a result of existing stormwater management infrastructure and regulation, and also summarizes the City’s current green infrastructure (GI) goals. The second section summarizes the benefits and costs that are expected to accompany GI in the New York City context. The third describes the City’s goals for creating GI on public and private property, as well as the timeframes currently envisioned for the task. It also notes the particular importance — and difficulty — of scaling up GI installations on private property. Finally, the fourth section examines the knotty administrative and legal issues involved in using public money to increase the volume of GI on private property.