Designing for Nature - Designing for Play

Nature play is not just children playing in nature but children engaging with nature. Urbanization, changing lifestyles and proliferation of technology are dramatically impacting how children play, learn and grow.  Opportunities for unstructured free play in living environments have become scarce for many families.  Being immersed in flora and fauna instills a sense of beauty and tranquility while igniting curiosity and exploration.  When natural systems are incorporated into design, children connect to different types of ecosystems—promoting play, learning and exploration.

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NYSDEC Reviews Proposed Part 360 Comments at Solid Waste Conference

Summary and revised regulations targeted for April 2017 release

If you have been following the proposed changes to New York’s 6 NYCRR Part 360 solid waste management regulations, you are aware that the public comment period on the draft regulations closed on September 13, 2016.  On October 3rd, 2016 at the New York State Association for Solid Waste Management (NYSASWM) Fall Conference, the NYSDEC Regulatory Team provided a summary of the comments received, some insight on possible revisions, and a possible timeline for issuance of the final regulations.
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NY Public Schools are Now Required to Test and Report on Lead in their Drinking Water

Here are some resources to help you comply -

Author: John Benson
Now that schools are in full swing, public school districts are being instructed that they must perform lead testing on all drinking water outlets by September 30th for schools with K-5 students, and by October 31st for schools with students in grades 6-12. Governor Cuomo signed the law yesterday, which requires if an outlet tests above 15 parts per billion, use of that outlet must be terminated and a remediation plan put into place.
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NYS Potential Legislation Likely to Impact Large Food Waste Generators

Author: Luann Meyer

Food waste prevention, recovery and recycling are a topic of high interest globally, nationally and state-wide. United Nations leaders set a specific target in September 2015 to “halve per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer level, and reduce food losses along production and supply chains by 2030” as part of 17 new comprehensive Sustainable Development Goals (UNDP, 2015). A week prior, the Obama administration set a national reduction food waste goal of 50 percent by 2030 (USDA, 2015).

To meet federal goals and put the U.S. on track of meeting this lofty 2030 goal, both federal and state initiatives will be necessary.
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Update on the Revisions to New York’s Part 360 Solid Waste Regulations

It has been a few months since my last update on the proposed revisions to New York’s Part 360 Regulations. During this time, public information meetings have been held across the State and there have been numerous discussions with various stakeholders. The recent Federation of New York Solid Waste Associations conference in Bolton Landing held on May 15-18, 2016 had a special session for the Associations to provide a statement regarding the proposed regulations.  The following summary provides a highlight of current concerns being raised and the next steps in the process.  Previous blog posts on this subject which summarize many of the proposed changes can be found here.

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