May 5, 2015
The New York State Department of Conservation has passed new legislation prohibiting the planting and sale of invasive species. The complete list can be found here. A permit system has been implemented to restrict the sale, purchase, possession, propagation, introduction, importation, and transport of invasive species throughout the state. The Environmental Policy Clinic’s Plant and Wildlife(…)
March 26, 2015
Proposal: An act to cut the amount of road salt used on New York State roadways Problem: Road salt harms vegetation, contaminates water and damages automobiles and pavement. Composed of sodium chloride or calcium chloride, de-icing salts damage plants by displacing important elements like potassium and phosphorus in the soil and increasing salt concentrations within(…)
March 3, 2015
Propose: An act to mandate separate recycling bins on all state owned property and properties receiving state funding. Problem: The nation’s recycling rate has remained at 34 percent since 2010. The Eastern United States is making significantly less progress than the West Coast in reducing the flow of waste and recyclable materials to landfills. The governors(…)
March 3, 2015
The bee population has been dwindling faster than usual over the past few years and has been linked to a number of different reasons. By establishing beekeeping facilities in urban areas throughout the U.S., the bee population has a much greater chance of flourishing once again.
February 27, 2015
Congress should enact a uniform national standard for GMO labeling, enforced by the Food and Drug Administration. Both state and federal governments are coming under increased pressure to swiftly address this very personal and heated issue of consumer rights. As consumers advocate for the “right to know”, GMO labeling is gaining increased attention.
February 25, 2015
The practice of keeping wild and exotic animals as pets is reaching crisis levels for both people and animals. A complete ban on possession is necessary to protect the welfare of wild animals and to guarantee public health and safety.
February 20, 2015
Welcome! This is the Pace University ePolicy Clinic blog and we are the Spring 2015 clinicians! This semester we are working as individuals and as teams to solve environmental problems and implement sustainable projects!
December 2, 2014
The Plant and Wildlife Team built terrariums filled with native plants in the Mortola Library the Monday before Thanksgiving. Students coming through had the opportunity to build a small garden for their dorm room while learning the importance of planting native species. Most were pleasantly surprised at the beauty available to them in their own(…)
December 2, 2014
When you think of a farm what comes to mind? I instantly think of sheep, pigs, chickens, and cows and, oh let’s not forget, the smell. Having never been on a farm I was not sure what to expect, when Anthony Morgan Jones, Professor Land, and toured Stone Barn Center for Food and Agriculture, a(…)
November 29, 2014
In 1979, President Jimmy Carter made a rousing speech that coincided with his dedication of the solar panels on the White House roof. In that speech, Carter highlighted the goal of deriving 20% of all energy use in the United States from the sun by 2000. The precedent seemed to be set not only for a(…)