Action Steps to Improve Your City

As we begin 2017, HAKS would like to share Curbed New York’s suggestions on initiatives we can launch to improve our cities.  We have culled a small number from the list; you can access them all at 101 Small Ways You Can Improve Your City. Continue Reading…

Earth Day 2015: “It’s Our Turn to Lead”

NY317, Lenevar Avenue

Lenevar Avenue, Staten Island

Today, April 22nd, marks the day when events are held globally to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Known as “Earth Day,” it was first celebrated on April 22, 1970 and has become a day to reflect on our planet, our environment and what we can do to help keep them healthy. Several changes were enacted after the first Earth Day in 1970—the Environmental Protection Agency was established; the federal Occupational Health and Safety Act was passed by a coalition of labor and environmental groups; and, within the next three years, such landmark achievements as the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act were passed. Continue Reading…

The Case for Green Infrastructure

Green InfrastructureStormwater poses challenges to urban areas in the form of combined sewer overflows (CSOs) and flooding.  Impervious surfaces such as driveways, sidewalks, streets, parking lots, and rooftops prevent stormwater from naturally soaking into the ground. This water also carries bacteria and other pollutants into nearby bodies of water.  Waterways are especially vulnerable in cities that have combined sewer systems, which discharge a mixture of sewage and stormwater runoff when these systems overwhelm their designated treatment plants. After a waterway has been degraded, it is difficult and expensive to restore it to a healthy condition.  Prevention is the way to go, and urban communities across the country are turning to “Green Infrastructure (GI)” as a cost-effective, environmentally friendly solution to stormwater management. Continue Reading…