Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A Program to Finance Energy Efficiency Improvements in your Home

Green Jobs - Green New York Residential Loans are available to participants
in the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® Program to finance the installation of recommended energy efficiency improvements that may be repaid through energy savings.

How to Participate: visit NYSERDA

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Happy 40th, EPA

Taken from Resource Recycling Electronic Newsletter

On Dec. 2, 1970 President Richard Nixon created the Environmental Protection Agency with the stroke of a pen. To celebrate its birthday, Green for All, a social justice and environmental organization, has launched thankyouepa.com. The website touts the accomplishments of the agency, and allows visitors to share them with others through social media.
The EPA itself also launched a website highlighting its 40 years, and has announced that it has commissioned a National Research Council study that will help the agency focus more on sustainability, rather than just reducing pollution. Called the "Green Book", the report is aimed at assisting the EPA in finding links among its various existing functions, while shifting its focus toward a sustainable use of resources and its connection to human health.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

From Law of the Land

NY Appeals Court Upholds Approval of Motorcycle Track on Farm Agreeing with Board’s Interpretation of Recreational Use
The Wilzigs purchased a 250-acre farm in the Town of Tafhkanic in order to build a motorcycle track on the premises. However, as the track was being completed, Callahan, Tachkanic’s Code Enforcement Officer and Building Inspector, contended that the track was in violation of the Tachkanic’s Use Regulations and, therefore, issued an “Order to Remedy Violation.” In response, the Wilzigs appealed, maintaining that the track was an accessory use of their property and that, therefore, a permit was not required for its construction. The Zoning Board of Appeals for the Town disagreed with this interpretation, and the Wilzigs brought a combined CPLR article 78 proceeding and declaratory judgment action. The trial court dismissed the claim....the article continues here