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Aug

2015

The Brownfield Cleanup Program Lives On with Notable Changes

It was welcome news to hear that the Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP), which was scheduled to expire or “sunset” on December 31, 2015, has new life and will be around for at least the next 10 years.  Specifically, owners of Brownfield sites will now have until March 31, 2026, to receive a certificate of completion (COC) from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) following the successful cleanup of their site.  However, the NYS legislature was unwilling to extend the life of the BCP “as is”, and required that some notable changes be made prior to the passage of the bill.
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28

Jul

2015

Why Do We Need Microgrids?

To Provide Affordable Energy for Community Resiliency and Economic Development

Clean energy microgrids offer consistent, affordable, reliable, flexible and resilient local energy generation and delivery. Because a microgrid is localized, it can mitigate power disruptions by continuing to operate – providing electricity to its local customers – when the macrogrid is unable to serve the microgrid customers.
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29

Apr

2015

The 2010 State Solid Waste Management Plan is Changing the Status Quo Across New York State

Author: Luann Meyer
New York State has high expectations for local solid waste planning units as set forth in the 2010 State Solid Waste Management Plan.  The goals for waste reduction, reuse, and recycling along with composting are comprehensive and lofty.  For some planning units, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) is encouraging them to prepare a whole new Solid Waste Management Plan (SWMP) that will reflect the goals of Beyond Waste or they are in danger of not getting required permitting for their solid waste management facilities.
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Oct

2014

What's Happening to Our Main Streets and How Can We Fix It?

Hint: By rejecting conventional wisdom about Euclidian zoning

Municipalities across the country are recognizing that their current zoning codes may have inadvertently helped create main streets and downtown centers that lack vibrancy and a sense of community.  Communities are nostalgic for the “way things were,” and looking for ways to bring activity and promise back to their main streets, maintain a sense of character and place, and reconnect the street to the community.  Form based codes offer a way to get there.
Number of views (539)

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Apr

2014

Municipal Shared Services: What is Working for Our Communities?

Author: John Condino
With budgets being squeezed, many communities are considering sharing services with neighboring municipalities. Saving money and eliminating government layers are usually driving forces for considering municipal consolidation or shared services, but other key driving factors involve improving access to resources and skills offering better services, and creating a sustainable future for our communities.
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