Where New York City’s Mayoral Candidates Stand On Key Sustainability Issues

Mayor Bloomberg touting the expansion of recycling in 2004.  What will his successor do?  What should New Yorkers ask his successor to do?

Mayor Bloomberg touting the expansion of recycling in 2004. What will his successor do? What should New Yorkers ask his successor to do?

Primary day in New York City is Tuesday September 10.  If you are a registered voter in the city, find out where your polling location is and vote on Tuesday.  Over the past few months, I have compiled questions relating to sustainability worth asking the various Republican and Democratic candidates seeking to succeed Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The New York Times recently provided a forum for New Yorkers to ask candidates some questions (some answers, including Joseph Lhota’s apparent unawareness of what social science research is, are worth perusing), and curious voters can see where different candidates stand on income inequality, affordable housing, bike lanes, and subway service.

The Times forum did not delve into several environmental issues, such as waste management, recycling, composting, or (other than the two transportation questions) carbon emissions, but other media have attempted to assess the candidates on these issues.  This week, Inhabitat ran a story titled “Which NYC Mayoral Candidate Would Make the Greenest New York City Mayor?”  The article gave about one paragraph each summarizing each of four candidates’ (Bill Thompson, Joe Llota, Christine Quinn, and Bill de Blasio) professed positions on environmental issues including recycling rates, energy efficiency in buildings, green jobs training, and watershed preservation.   This overview did not seek to profile all candidates, but provides some additional information to voters concerned about these issues.

Again, New Yorkers looking to find out where to vote may use the NYC Board of Elections Poll Site Locator ahead of Tuesday’s primary.

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