New York’s Hydrofracking “Ban” and What It Does or Doesn’t Mean for the Environment

This is a good summary of what the fracking ban in New York State means, and what New Yorkers can do to further their own education on the issue.

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The Landscape of Fracking in NY: What’s Changed and What Hasn’t

Saturday, February 28 at 1:00pm

University United Methodist Church, 1085 E. Genesee St.

Environmental Groups have hailed Governor Cuomo’s recent (Dec. 2014) decision to ban hydrofracking in New York as the first ban by a state with significant natural-gas resources. While this is undoubtedly a step in the right direction in terms of environmental regulations, we as citizens need to turn an analytical eye to this new policy to determine if it is doing enough to control this harmful practice in our home state. First, we need to familiarize ourselves with the official definition of hydrofracking– “a stimulation technique involving the pumping of hydraulic fracturing fluid, possibly with a proppant, into a formation to create fractures to increase formation permeability and productivity”. In other words ‘fracking’ is a technique of drilling for natural gas in which large…

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Clean Energy Strategies for Urban Resilience

Follow the link to access this presentation about Clean Energy Strategies for Urban Resilience – a good overview in a nutshell.

Journaling my PhD

The presentation I gave as part of a panel on Adaptation Strategies for Climate Change at the Municipal and Regional-scale at the Climate Resilience and Adaptation Symposium became my first public presentation in America. It makes me happy, while I do realize I could have prepared a little more.

While drawing on my work as an intern at NREL, yet not relating to the organization itself, the presentation discusses the synergies that can be achieved by considering sustainability as a process to resilience, rather an a be-all and end-all proposition. At every stage of the emergency management phases as outlined by FEMA, clean energy strategies have the potential to add value imparting greater advantage than singularly focused efforts.

The presentation can be accessed by following this link

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If A Business Plan Was A Blog Post…

It would begin with a cup of coffee. Social, warming, and appreciated by introverts and extroverts alike; offering a boost to those who wish to engage. An invitation. It would bring in color, and a schedule. Color is a wonderful dissolver of resistance. Apply color liberally! Apply it to a schedule, to a budget, to … Continue reading If A Business Plan Was A Blog Post…


I live in a little village outside of New York City called South Orange, New Jersey. This is an interview with our de facto mayor Alex Torpey, Village President. Alex's time in office took him through the path of Hurricane Sandy, among other environmental issues. Curious to know more, I offered up some questions to Alex, … Continue reading Leadership