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Waterway improvement grants awarded

Some of Monroe County’s waterways will be getting improvements thanks to a number of state grants. Gov. David A. Paterson announced more than $23.3 million in funding for environmental protection projects across the state last week. Monroe County will receive ...

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Area communities seeing green

The turnout has been a little disappointing so far, but organizers remain optimistic that the “Low Carbon Diet Challenge” will take off in Rochester and on the region’s college campuses. Based on David Gershon’s book “Low Carbon Diet: A 30 ...

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Pollution permits sold to stall global warming

Results are expected today for the first U.S. auction of carbon dioxide emissions, held last week in New York. The auction was expected to reap as much as $62,826,935 for the six Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states participating. Advocates predict the ...

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Environmental risks to be disclosed to SEC

A recently forged agreement between New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and Xcel Energy Inc. is reported to be the first requiring public disclosure of potential financial liabilities related to climate change. The enforceable agreement requires the public utility ...

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‘Green fleet’ grows in Rochester

Several years ago, after Rochester switched their parking enforcement vehicles from Fords to hybrid Priuses, City Budget Director Bill Ansbrow got to talking with one of the city’s parking monitors. “He told me that at first they weren’t exactly excited ...

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Environmental regs questioned

Environmental groups released a new survey Monday suggesting New York State has weaker soil cleanup standards than a number of other states when it comes to hazardous chemicals such as lead, arsenic and vinyl chloride. The survey also found state ...

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The green bounce:≠New interest in renewable energy firms

Rising oil prices don’t seem to be putting much of a damper on William West’s business. “We have seen an upswing,” said the president of Gates-based Precision Design Systems, which provides testing services for companies developing fuel cell prototypes. Many ...

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NY embracing small scale renewable energy generation

For Bob Bechtold, recent news out of Albany only reinforces a long-term business strategy: Investing in green energy makes economic as well as ecological sense. To see one reason why, look to the gas pump, he said. “Those waiting for ...

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Law firms save trees, dollars by ‘going green’

The Rochester-based law firm of Harris Beach PLLC is seeking to become a more environmentally friendly, “green” law office. Last year the firm hired former president of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) William Flynn to ...

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Upstate sustainability symposium

The Rochester law firm of Harris Beach PLLC last week hosted an Upstate sustainability symposium that brought together businesses from across the state to discuss the rising use of energy sustainability and the impact it will have on many professions, ...

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Mayor Duffy announces new green team

Rochester Mayor Robert J. Duffy announced Wednesday the creation of a green team, which will update and expand environmental compliance policies and coordinate cross-departmental efforts. The team consists of representatives from several key city departments such as the New York ...

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Contaminated land involved in sale, dispute

In a case where the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) sold a piece of land that was found to be contaminated with various pollutants, should the court grant the SBA’s motion to dismiss≠ In addition to claiming sovereign immunity, the ...

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